Newsletter 145


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[2]Persian Jones In Old Calcutta
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Jeremy Bernstein | NYR Blog | 2 November 2010

Remembering William Jones, 18th-century judge, linguist, polymath. Moved to
  Calcutta, learned Sanskrit, saw close similarity with Greek. Posited
  proto-Indo-European language. Opened field of historical linguistics

[3]
The Man Behind JFK's Best Lines
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Mark Katz | Daily Beast | 1 November 2010

Personal appreciation of Ted Sorensen, sparkling speechwriter in Kennedy
  White House. In one brilliant joke, here repeated, he encapsulated all that
  political humour should be. Today's scribes still learn from him

[4]
Twenty-First Century Stoic
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William Irvine | Boing Boing | 27 October 2010

Three-part essay on practising ancient philosophy in modern world. Quite
  like Zen, but more analytical. You try to work out what is, and is not,
  within your control. You enjoy each pleasure as if it were your last

[5]Kyrgyz Contracts Fly Under Radar
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Andrew Higgins | WP | 1 November 2010

How a hamburger restaurant in Bishkek got contracts worth $3bn supplying oil
  to American bases. It probably helped that the Kyrgyz president's son was
  involved. And a string of retired American officers

[6]
Point-And-Click Politics
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Micah Sifry | WSJ | 30 October 2010

Democrats were first into social media: Dean in 04, Obama in 08. But GOP has
  caught up. Social media good for anger, argument, opposition, polarisation.
  Still need tools to encourage solidarity, moderation

[7]
Taste For Wormwood & Gall
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Anthony Daniels | New Criterion | 1 November 2010

On the life and character of John Stuart Mill. Fine account of his strict
  childhood, prodigious early reading. Vicious portrait of his wife, Harriet
  Taylor, "sweet the way that Bluebeard was affectionate"

[8]
Bradistan
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Zaiba Malik | Granta | 2 November 2010

British Pakistani writer remembers her childhood in Bradford, northern
  England. "It was obvious that we were here to stay. But that didn't mean
  here to integrate." Since then, segregation has only grown

[9]
Obama May Just Be An Interlude
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Gideon Rachman | FT | 1 November 2010

Resurgent conservatives believe in America’s exceptional virtue, unique role
  in world. May be that after Obama's stab at internationalism, US will revert
  to more unilateral foreign policy

[10]
La Violencia
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Ed Vulliamy | Guernica | 1 November 2010

Yet more on Mexico's drug wars, this time a book extract, always
  enthralling. "My sons had become part of it all, they were among people who
  would laugh while cutting someone’s fingers off"
  [11]Topic: Legalising Cannabis
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Arguments in favour: legalisation would be good for US budget, for health, for
civil liberties—and bad for organised crime in US and Mexico... [12]Continue
reading...
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[13]Today on FiveBooks: Scott Turow on Legal Novels
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