Is Elon Musk great?

Have you ever wondered why Elon Musk has his hands in so many different industries? According to his biographer, Walter Isaacson, there’s a method to his madness. Early on, Musk identified the internet, sustainable energy, and space as the three areas of industry most critical to humanity’s future, and the rest has followed from there.  […]

The easy trick that prevents misunderstandings

Effective communication is a superpower that anyone can learn. In our latest Instaread, investigative journalist Charles Duhigg shares the secret formula. There are really only three types of conversation: practical, emotional, and social. Your job is to understand the difference. Your New Superpower Practical, decision-based conversations focus on the question “What’s this really about?” Emotional conversations ask […]

Inside the royal court

The Royal Family has really been going through it, as they say. Charles has cancer. Katherine’s recovering from an undisclosed illness. And poor old Harry is practically American now. Who has been advising these people through the crises? And how soon can they be replaced? A Delicate Balance A good courtier fills a variety of […]

Why do people hate Ray Dalio?

In 2017, Ray Dalio wrote a hit autobiography about how he founded and led Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund. The book was enormously successful, but it also fed discontent behind the scenes between Dalio and his employees. Rob Copeland, a financial reporter for the New York Times, digs deep into Dalio’s secrets in our latest Instaread. […]

What it’s like to be poor

Stephanie Land’s life changed forever when she wrote her first memoir, Maid, and the adaptation blew up on Netflix. But before any of that happened, she struggled horribly as a single mother with an abusive ex. Her second book, Class, tells that story — and it isn’t always pretty.  Found Family Perhaps the biggest drain on Stephanie’s […]

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