I celebrated Father’s Day by watching 4 hours of golf with my dad. (I got rid of my kids for the afternoon, but he got stuck with one of his). During such gatherings, the main topic of conversation is usually politics (and in recent months, Trump). Yesterday was an exception as both my parents wanted to talk about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. I’m guessing we weren’t alone in choosing that topic. So, let’s review with the help of a couple Thompsons. From the always lucid Derek Thompson, a basic overview of Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods.

+ Now that we have the basics down, let’s get a little more granular with the most excellent Ben Thompson. Amazon’s New Customer: “While the iPhone may be the most successful product of all time, Amazon and Jeff Bezos have their sights on being the most dominant company of all time. Start there, and this purchase makes all kinds of sense.” (My take: If you own a grocery chain, it’s time to pull the trigger on that computer you’ve been meaning to buy.)

+ From Wired: The Everything Store Expands: “Almost exactly seventeen years ago, on Friday, June 23, 2000, Amazon (then Amazon.com) saw its stock crater by twenty percent after the then-powerful investment bank Lehman Brothers issued a warning that the company was on the verge of insolvency, so quickly was it spending down its cash reserves.”

+ In one of the more ironic patents in recent memory, Amazon just scored a patent that prevents in-store shoppers from online price checking.

+ And for a lighter look at the deal, we’ve got McSweeney’s: “The combination of our two companies will account for over 85% of all hipster purchases in the United States. I’m looking forward to capturing the remaining 15%.”