Quote of the day

"It is easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague"
— C.S. Peirce

The Boy Who Loved Transit

Enthralling portrait of Darius McCollum, a mildly autistic man obsessed since childhood with the New York public transit system, to the point of impersonating employees, accumulating uniforms and work materials, going to union meetings, inspecting tracks and driving trains. “I know there’s no such program as Trains Anonymous, but if I can get some kind of counseling it would be really beneficial towards me” (8,900 words)

Seeing Through Police Pick of the day

Notes on the role of police in society. “Police are negotiators. Usually they confront situations of conflict they did not cause. They bring a separate set of criteria to bear. Is this chargeable? Should this person be removed or transported? How do I scare these citizens a bit so they won’t come into conflict again? Police negotiate without a unitary goal other than to end the necessity for their being present” (5,600 words)

The Myths Surrounding Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo is more principled and less prejudiced than its liberal critics claim. It is prone to offend all religions equally, and generally takes the side of the oppressed. It attacks ideas, not people, and ideas should always be open to attack. “I don’t like blasphemy either. But my belief in free speech trumps my distaste for blasphemy, and in any case, my conception of God is large, and I can’t imagine He gives a shit about cartoons” (1,890 words)

Noel Carroll On The Philosophy Of Art

Discussion of books about the philosophy of art from Clive Bell’s Art to Arthur Danto’s After The End Of Art. “After photography, representation and imitation are not what artists should be about because these can be achieved automatically by machines. What is art going to be about after photography and cinematography? One of the most powerful suggestions is that art will be about itself. Art will be about exploring its own nature” (5,200 words)

The Clintons And Brand Architecture

“Companies master-brand because it works. Once a company name is recognizable it can be used to lift other products up. Bill imbued the Clinton name with value and it lifted Hillary, Chelsea and eventually the Clinton Foundation.” But branding also requires discipline. Putting the name on a faulty product devalues the name. The Clinton Foundation was a branding error, Hillary Clinton is suffering for it, and reasonably so (1,745 words)

Always be interesting.
Never be bored.

Authors, academics and Nobel prize winners rely on The Browser to hand-pick the best writing on the internet every day. Why not join them?

A year's subscription is just $20. You get recommendations by email, easy sending of articles to Kindle, Pocket and Instapaper, and unlimited access to our archive.

Knowledge is pleasure.

Yes! I want pleasure

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Log in to The Browser

Subscribe to The Browser

Welcome to The Browser!

The Browser

Sections

Share via email

Search The Browser

Email Sent

About paid content

Cronycle