10 Weekend Reads: Netflix, Infomercials and Wasting Time

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist writing about finance, the economy and the business world. He started the Big Picture blog in 2003 and is the founder of Ritholtz Wealth Management, an asset management and financial planning firm.
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Here are my longer-form weekend reads:

• The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History (Businessweek)

• The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think (Atlantic)

• The Search for a Blockbuster Insomnia Drug (New Yorker)

• The Economics of Infomercials (Priceonomics)

• Netflix has a plan to rewire our entire culture (New Republic)

• Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now (New York Review of Books), see also Pentagon's bosses thwart accurate audit of DOD's main accounting office (McClatchy)

• The Anti-Reactionary FAQ (Slate Star Codex)

• Forging an Art Market in China (NY Times)

• Statistically, Who's the Greatest Person in History? (New Republic)

• How To Waste Time Properly (Nautilus), speaking of which: The 80 Most Powerful Photos of 2013 (The Roosevelts)

What are you up to this weekend?

Central Banks Warn of Bitcoin Risks

Source: WSJ

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