Nota bene: Habitat 67

Habitat 67 remains a unique masterpiece. Go to Montreal, and check it out. It’s well worth the trip.

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The Five-Star Sandwich Edition

Slate Money on Italy, the Volcker rule, and sandwiches.

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The Volcker Rule Never Really Worked. No Need to Mourn Its Demise.

Under the new rule, it will be much easier for regulators to force banks to rein in their risk-taking on a bank-wide scale, which is where the systemic dangers tend to be found.

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Journalism schools should not exist

The more useful J-school is, the more urgent and important its abolition becomes.

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How Bad Could a Euro Crisis in Italy Get?

The likeliest scenario is that everything will be fine. Here’s the other scenario.

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The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design

It’s time that Alphabet becomes a bit more like Intel during the Genevieve Bell years: It has no choice but to start engaging more with the broader design community and the public at large.

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The Ticking Time Bomb Edition

Slate Money on arbitration, the pope, and customer returns.

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Nota bene: Cheers!

It’s National Wine Day today, you don’t need me to tell you what to do.

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Amazon Should Be Very Careful About Banning Customers for Making Too Many Returns

If Bezos pays attention to individual stories, it’s less because he cares about the individual and more because he worries that the story being told might be symptomatic of a larger problem.

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Loser Journalists

In Elon Musk vs. reporters, the Tesla CEO is winning.

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Are Auction Guarantees the New Private Sales? Yes, for Art Sellers Who Don’t Want to Get Ripped Off

They’re also confusing as hell and throw smoke in the eye of the art market.

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Save Interview

The legendary celebrity magazine just declared bankruptcy. The Andy Warhol Foundation should buy it.

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The “Where’s My Tax Cut?” Edition

Slate Money on tax cuts, jobs, and the Slate 90.

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Why Is It So Hard to Create a Good Bank?

Online bank Simple thought it would win by “not sucking.” Here’s how that’s going.

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The Most Important Questions to Ask About the Kushner 666 Fifth Ave. Deal

Question No. 1: Who leaked this story to the New York Times?

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Wall Street Is Pouring Money Into House Flipping

Good!

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Musk, Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Ethically Iffy ‘Philanthropy’

From the Olympian heights of Big Tech, humanity has a tendency to look rather small.

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Nota bene: Flipping modern masters

The two most valuable artworks at the big Sotheby’s evening sale on Monday were both acquired at auction not so long ago.

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The Give Your Mother a Century Bond Edition

Slate Money on Mother’s Day, Michael Cohen, and Argentina.

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In Europe, They Actually Fine and Jail Misbehaving CEOs. Why Can’t We?

The FT today published a fascinating interview with Thomas Middelhoff, the former CEO of Bertelsmann, the German media giant.

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Y, M, C—What?

Why is the YMCA Retirement Fund classified as a charity?

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Inflated Expectations

What’s going on with foreign affairs nonprofit Food for the Poor?

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Galanomics

Why that rubber-chicken dinner isn’t such a bad idea.

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Introducing the Slate 90

A dive into the multibillion-dollar nonprofit sector.

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H&M Has a Plan to Save Itself

It’s not going to work.

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