Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015


On today’s date, President Richard Nixon forced out both his Attorney General and his Deputy Attorney General, in an attempt to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor. It’s also the date of the Louisiana Purchase, Mickey Mantle’s birthday, and the date Herbert Hoover died. But more important than all that, it’s the date of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that killed three band members. On to the reads!

  • How rivalry propels creative genius (Aeon)
  • Why Jack Dorsey Is Ready to Save Twitter (Re/code) see also Twitter’s Moment (Stratechery)
  • How Cartrivision’s 1972 VCR Foresaw–And Forfeited–The Time-Shifted Future (Fast Company)
  • Danny Meyer Is Eliminating All Tipping at His Restaurants (Eater)
  • Bill Gates: ‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ (The Atlantic)
  • Daily Fantasy: You’re Screwed, Because You’re Supposed to Be. On sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, the sharks circle and the deck is stacked against you from the start. But hey, welcome to America (Rolling Stone) see also Cash Drops and Keystrokes: The Dark Reality of Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Games (NYT)
  • Opting out: Inside corporate America’s push to ditch workers’ comp (ProPublica)
  • If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy. As government agencies and tech companies develop more and more intrusive means of watching and influencing people, how can we live free lives? (The Atlantic)
  • How To Shop For Pot In Denver (Priceonomics)
  • The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals (NY Review of Books)