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The Death and Afterlife of the Mall – The Atlantic

The shopping mall has had a dramatic fall from grace. Once the veritable town square and a cornerstone of American consumerism, malls have aged into oblivion, replaced by cheaper and more convenient alternatives. Today, these sprawling complexes are mostly ghost towns—dilapidated vestiges of their former selves. In a new episode …

Is The U.S. Shale Oil Boom Going Bust? : NPR

The shale oil boom that catapulted the U.S. into the world’s largest oil producer may be going bust. As oil prices drop amid weakening demand, bankruptcies and layoffs are up and drilling is down, signs of a crisis that’s quietly roiling the industry. Some of the most successful companies in …

Hail to the Chief of Staff – The New York Times

The title is suddenly everywhere. It can mean almost anything. “There wasn’t an obvious position for me,” Scott Amenta said. Mr. Amenta, 30, was describing how five years ago he joined Spring, an e-commerce company so small that its employees could be counted on one hand. Around that time, a …