Newsletter 121


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Writing Worth Reading

[2]V.S. Naipaul, Misanthrope Abroad
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William Boyd | TLS | 6 October 2010

Damning review of Naipaul's latest book about Africa, full of "sneer and
  dismay". Ends up being a book about Naipaul, not about Africa. "We know too
  much about V. S. Naipaul, now, we have too much information"

[3]Tribune's Bankrupt Culture
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David Carr | NYT | 5 October 2010

Jaw-dropping tales of Chicago newspaper group's collapse, after 2007
  purchase by real-estate tycoon Sam Zell. New management had good parties,
  but never came close to understanding business, servicing debt

[4]Trapping The Lord Of War
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Benjamin Bidder | Spiegel | 6 October 2010

Big, thrilling investigation into Viktor Bout, black-market Russian arms
  dealer, recently captured in Thailand. Portrays him as intelligent, calm,
  exacting businessman. No scruples, no ideology

[5]Drunk-Dialling With Kindle
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Elif Batuman | Guardian | 2 October 2010

Author finds that possessing a Kindle reader makes it all too easy to
  impulse-buy books when intoxicated. Short thrillers go down best. "For the
  past few months, I have barely read anything except Poirot novels"

[6]The Blundering Herd
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Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera | Vanity Fair | 6 October 2010

Otherwise known as, when Goldman Sachs envy strikes. Highly readable,
  damning account of Merrill Lynch's "blind stampede into unprecedented risk"
  and subsequent crash. CEO Sam O'Neal gets the blame

[7]Battle Of Billionaires
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Joseph Chamie | Globalist | 4 October 2010

China versus India. 1.35bn versus 1.21bn. Two-fifths of world's population.
  Median ages of 34 and 25 respectively. Life expectancy 10 years more in
  China. Fertility rate: China 1.8, India 2.8

[8]The Cold Truth
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Morgan Meis | Smart Set | 5 October 2010

A simple mistake; a secret whispered to a wife by a surviving crew member;
  that secret finally revealed years later. Thoughts on the latest revelation
  about why Titanic hit an iceberg and sank

[9]"Nemesis"
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Greil Marcus | Barnes & Noble Review | 5 October 2010

Positive review of Philip Roth's latest novel in which author recreates
  terror that strikes New Jersey town in polio outbreak. Reviewer praises
  Roth's empathy with his characters, takes sideswipe at Franzen

[10]
Bearded Lady No More
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Allison Landa | Salon | 4 October 2010

Unflinching account of woman's decision to take control of her appearance.
  They called me "werewolf" at school because of genetic disorder that gave me
  excessive body hair. Now I'm trying laser hair removal

Topic: Rome, Ancient & Modern

Essays spanning almost three thousand years of history, from the founding of
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[12]Today on FiveBooks: Rome
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