Weekend Reading & Selected Links

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Merry Christmas! Here are some links to things I've been reading or watching that you might also enjoy:

1. 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem', Joan Didion's classic 1967 essay, shared in her honour (she died on 23 December).

2. 'Make Ticker Tape Parades Great Again', a new Uncommon Knowledge conversation with Peter Thiel.

3. The syllabus of Thiel's current Stanford course, GERMAN 277: Technology and Culture Between Stagnation or Progress.

4. 'Why low interest rates force us to revisit the scope and role of fiscal policy: 45 takeaways', Olivier Blanchard's summary of his new book Fiscal Policy Under Low Interest Rates.

5. 'To what extent can we predict the future?', an excellent, new conversation between Robin Hanson and David Deutsch.

Have a great weekend,