Among many things I learned reading Piketty’s book was how to understand the class dynamics of 19th century literature. The characters are always talking about their incomes, but never seem to be doing any work.
The group told Forbes, which first reported the story, that it envisions the album as a piece of art, similar to “the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
How the internet works, and why it’s impossible to know what makes your Netflix slow. There’s a fight going on over the physical infrastructure that makes up the internet, and it’s going to affect your online life. You need to understand that fight to understand net neutrality, Netflix and the potential merger between Time Warner and Comcast. With lovely diagrams by David Yanofsky.
The world’s youngest billionaire appears to be a human tax dodge. You heard about the 24 year-old in Hong Kong worth $1.3 billion? Well, it’s not because of her business acumen.
At least one Russian oligarch thinks US sanctions have teeth. I’ve spent a lot of time this week looking into the businesses of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, and they are as wild as you’d suspect. Ask me about it over a beer sometime. The guy in this story, Gennady Timchenko, and his former firm, Gunvor, could be linked to Putin—who could have parked his money right here in the US without anyone knowing.
What should I write about next week?