The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Volcanica coffee, grab a seat a seat on the beack, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:
• The world is awful. The world is much better. The world can be much better. It is wrong to think that these three statements contradict each other. We need to see that they are all true to see that a better world is possible. (Our World In Data)
• Wait, La Guardia Is Nice Now? Inside New York’s $25 Billion Airport Overhaul The city is not exactly known for its state-of-the-art airports. That should change by 2030. (New York Times)
• Traffic Jam at 400 Feet: How to Keep the Drone Age From Becoming an Epic Traffic Jam in the Sky. NASA and the FAA are preparing to revolutionize air traffic control for the drone era. (Businessweek)
• What do we really know about the Russian roots of America’s biggest cannabis company? Curaleaf could be worth $75bn by 2030. But its US-born chair, Boris Jordan, faces questions over his two decades in Russia. (The Guardian)
• MBS’s $500 Billion Desert Dream Just Keeps Getting Weirder: Neom, the Saudi crown prince’s urban megaproject, is supposed to have a ski resort, swim lanes for commuters, and “smart” everything. It’s going great—for the consultants. (Businessweek)
• An illustrated encyclopedia of people at the airport Meet the people you’re stuck with before your flight (Washington Post) see also Put Your Face in Airplane Mode Masking only at the start and end of every flight will do a lot to keep you safe. (The Atlantic)
• Lost, Not Stolen: The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and Biden Won the 2020 Presidential Election: Eight prominent conservatives have formed an organization for the purpose of discrediting those that would believe the United States 2020 election was won under fraudulent conditions. These authors put together a report by the same name. (Lost, Not Stolen)
• Into the Maelstrom: In 1895, just as the century was closing out around him, Stéphane Mallarmé made his famous observation that “everything in the world exists to end up in a book.” It was a statement worthy of the times — fins de siècle, after all, typically inspire such oracular and millenarian reflections. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
• The Jewish Deli: An American Tale Told in Pickles and Pastrami “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” a traveling exhibit on the Jewish delicatessen, looks back at a vibrant institution fueled by immigration and irresistible food. (New York Times)
• How a 23-Year-Old Phenom Named Kingfish Became the Future of the Blues: Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram is a generational talent — and the ideal bridge between different factions of the blues world. (Washington Post)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Graham Weaver, founder of and partner of Alpine Investors, a private equity firm in San Francisco that invests in software and services and manages about $8 billion dollars. Weaver holds an MBA from Stanford GSB and a B.S. in engineering from Princeton. He started Alpine in his dorm room at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he now is a lecturer, teaching courses on both management and entrepreneurship.
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