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Nota bene: The best play of 2018

I’ve just gone to see Angels in America on Broadway in its first week of previews, and, if you can, you really should go see it.

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The Natural Beauty Edition

Slate Money on tariffs, the Seychelles, and expert networks.

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Nota bene: Ticketing Angels

One thing I love is going to the theatre on my birthday.

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Nota bene: Chris Hughes’s statistics

My review of Chris Hughes’s new book, Fair Shot, is up online and will be coming out in the print NYTBR soon.

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Nota bene: The arbitrage that won the 2016 election

Facebook’s ad-pricing algorithms have failed American democracy once. They cannot do so again.

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Nota bene: You’re probably not a gun owner

If you’re invested in some kind of mutual fund or pension fund or index fund which owns gun stocks, don’t stress it too much. They’re not doing harm, and they might even do some good.

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Chris Hughes Made Millions at Facebook. Now He Has a Plan to End Poverty.

Chris Hughes, as he will be the first to tell you, has too much money.

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The Success Theater Edition

Slate Money on guns, GE, and Alibaba.

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Nota bene: Gothamist’s resurrection

The fantastic media news of the day is that Gothamist has been bought by a consortium of radio stations led by New York’s WNYC.

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Nota bene: Glass ceilings, pay-parity flaws

Who knew that JP Morgan was a bastion of sexual equality?

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Nota bene: Taxing Uber is easy

Last week, in my Wired column, I proposed taxing Uber (and Lyft) in an attempt to reduce congestion.

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Nota bene: The death and life of great American skyscrapers

Today’s a sad day for lovers of mid-century architecture.

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Nota bene: The dangers of siding with Oxfam

Did anybody stop to think what the effect of the post would be on TLYCS’s reputation? Because almost everybody reading it is going to come to the conclusion that TLYCS isn’t nearly as trustworthy and objective as it makes itself … Continue reading

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The Fertile Nigerian Blockchain Edition

Slate Money on cryptocurrencies, fertility in the U.S., and Nigerian corruption.

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Nota bene: Schwarzman’s strings

While it’s great that a public high school is getting a $25 million donation, I can’t get particularly excited about this one. Ultimately, like most of Schwarzman’s gifts, it smells mostly of vanity, rather than selflessness.

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Traffic Is a Disease. An Uber Tax Is the Cure

Why congestion charging won’t do much to fix gridlock in our cities—and how a traffic tax on Uber and Lyft could get cars moving again.

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Nota bene: Gun bust

Much as many of us would love to see Feinberg getting his gun-related comeuppance here, that really isn’t what’s happening.

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Nota bene: Wily Kehinde

What’s striking about both of these portraits is that faced with the classic trilemma – “personal, official, artistic, pick two at most” – both artists opted to drop the personal.

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Nota bene: Phone banking

We’re all going to continue to sit on hold on telephones for the foreseeable future, even those of us who hate to phone anybody.

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Nota bene: Rupert ❤️ Disney

Murdoch cares about two things: His status as a powerful media mogul, and seeing 21st Century Fox flourish in, well, the 21st Century.

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Nota bene: The racist-memorabilia tax dodge

How much is a collection of 135 “Blackface” polaroids really worth?

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The Return to Volatility Edition

Slate Money on volatility, Steve Cohen, and delivery apps.

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Nota bene: What a relief

If you want to make the world a significantly better place, you need to be able to scale your interventions somehow. That’s always been my problem with private disaster relief donations: They don’t really scale, and the only way to … Continue reading

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How Snapchat Is Sending #MeToo Down the Memory Hole

Disappearing-messaging apps may keep snoopers away—but they can also prevent us from preserving the past and finding justice in the future.

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The Generations Edition

Slate Money on Kids These Days, millennials, and unpaid internships.

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