Saturday assorted links

1. Why are university endowments large and risky?

2. Who cooked Adam Smith’s dinner?

3. Why do people feel different when they switch languages?

4. More on the Alice Goffman saga.

5. Are mega-journals the future of science?  A good commentary here.  And what motivates dinosaur science?

6. An NYT take on Wisconsin and tenure.  I have read other materials as well and stand by my original judgment on this matter.  It’s like those Disney workers having to train their foreign replacements — people object to losing battles and then the subsequent/ongoing humiliation, and their bruised feelings induce them to overrate the import of an observed change.

7. Can Larry Ellison save American tennis?


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