Masks, Disability, Hayek, Neurology, Onassis


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

Enlighten, surprise and delight your friends. A year's subscription to The Browser makes the perfect Christmas present. Infinitely valuable yet not at all expensive. Interesting every day of the year. A generous and original gift. No queuing, no wrapping, no posting, never damaged on arrival. To give The Browser as a gift, go here and do your gift shopping in 30 seconds. (https://thebrowser.com/new_gift_subscription)

Their Spirits Were Trapped In Those Masks

Avi Steinberg | Topic | 6th December 2017

Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology contains the “life masks” — faces molded from clay — of 72 individuals from the Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Caddo Nations, prisoners of war who were captured and detained in the 1870s, the Guantanamo Bay inmates of their time, “consigned to an indefinite confinement without any formal charges or trial, as de facto prisoners of war”. To whom, now, do their faces belong? Hardly to Harvard (3,600 words)

My Quadriplegic Husband And Me

Laura Dorwart | Catapult | 6th December 2017

When you love and live with a disabled person, what you want is understanding, indifference. and, from time to time, practical assistance — but what you tend to get is fear and pity. “When I lie awake at night, I don’t fantasize about miracle cures and redemption songs. I dream of ramps. Ramps leading up to showers and houses and waterfalls, to haunted hayrides and carriages and job interviews and Capitol Hill. Restaurant hostesses and flight attendants are not afraid. Doctors listen” (1,520 words)

Reflections On Hayek

Samuel Bowles et al | Vox EU | 8th December 2017

Friedrich Hayek saw the market economy as an information-processing system, deriving equilibria from the actions of large numbers of individuals by treating prices as signals. A brilliant formulation. But was Hayek correct to deduce from this that markets and governments were fundamentally opposed, and that markets should take over much of the work of governments? “One can appreciate his insights into the functioning of market economies without idealising the system itself” (2,500 words)

A Brain Specialist On President Trump

Ford Vox | Stat | 7th December 2017

Written dispassionately as a diagnosis, though obviously it could easily be repurposed as a political polemic. Tests are in order. “The president’s apparent symptoms are advancing and warrant medical evaluation by relevant specialists. Given the sensitivity of his case, an independent panel would be appropriate. It’s entirely possible that the president does not have predementia or is not progressing toward dementia. But he is definitely behaving as such” (2,200 words)

Hanging Out On Onassis’s Yacht

Patrick Leigh Fermor | Paris Review | 8th December 2017

Patrick Leigh Fermor describes staying on Hydra with the Greek artist Nikos Ghika, as Diana Cooper and various Churchills drop in. “A giant steam yacht (with an aeroplane poised for flight on the stern) belonging to Onassis came throbbing alongside. It was followed by an immense three-masted wonder ship with silk sails, miles of corridor, dozens of Impressionist paintings, baths to every cabin and regiments of stewards, belonging to his brother-in-law, Niarchos” (1,675 words)

Video of the day Extrapolate

What to expect:

As if the moving hand, drawing a line, discovers new orders of magnitude. By Johan Rijpma (1’53”)

Thought for the day

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought
Henri Bergson

Podcast of the day Ray Dalio | Bloomberg View

World’s top hedge-fund manager talks to Barry Ritholtz about finding meaning in life and work
(1'11")

Join 90,000+ curious readers who grow with us every day

No spam. No nonsense. Unsubscribe anytime.

Great! Check your inbox and click the link to confirm your subscription
Please enter a valid email address!
You've successfully subscribed to The Browser
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in
Could not sign in! Login link expired. Click here to retry
Cookies must be enabled in your browser to sign in
search