Newsletter 167


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Writing Worth Reading

[2]Art Of Elections
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Ali Abdel Mohsen | Al-Masry Al-Youm | 26 November 2010

How Egypt's poster-artists see the election. “It’s like a race between
  campaign managers. They’re constantly searching for the lowest price, so
  that they can pocket the rest of the budget they’ve been given.”

[3]What's In Amazon's Box?
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Brad Stone | Business Week | 24 November 2010

Nice sidelight on Amazon Prime. "Most ingenious and effective customer
  loyalty program in all of e-commerce, if not retail". US customers pay $79 a
  year for free shipping on all orders. Why $79? Prime number

[4]Write Like A Victorian
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Paul Collins | Slate | 26 November 2010

"How To Write Fiction", first modern self-help guide for writers, published
  in 1895. Much of its advice remains startlingly recognisable: "No man ought
  to make the writing of fiction his sole business"

[5]Africa Needs Aid, Not Flawed Theories
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Bill Gates | WSJ | 27 November 2010

Philanthropist debates Matt Ridley, author of "Rational Optimist". Says
  Ridley is wrong to argue that humanitarian aid doesn't do much good, and
  wrong to say threat of climate change is over-rated

[6]The Limits Of Power
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John Major | Telegraph | 26 November 2010

Superb speech by under-rated ex-prime minister explaining why, in politics,
  things rarely turn out quite the way that anybody wants. Interesting
  digressions on Mrs Thatcher, EMU, coalition government

[7]Yuletide Gift Of Kindness
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Ted Gup | Smithsonian | 25 November 2010

Anonymous philanthropist gives money to poor families in Ohio in 1933. Trove
  of letters in 2008 reveals his identity. Now his grandson traces recipients,
  collects "wrenching" memories of Great Depression

[8]All Good Things
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Charles Bagli et al | NYT | 24 November 2010

Film implicates New York real estate tycoon Robert Durst, redeveloper of
  Times Square, in three killings. Durst is OK with it. “The movie, I did
  think, is as reasonably accurate as anything out there"

[9]Film Noir
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Barry Forshaw | Five Books | 27 November 2010

Critic recommends books on film noir: "crisp black and white photography,
  glistening rain-swept streets, the femme fatale with the marcel wave smoking
  in a bar, and the hero who's going to end up in a bad way"

[10]Putting Pay In Perspective
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Tim Harford | 27 November 2010

Would you rather have annual income of $70,000 today—or $70,000 in 1900?
  American students say "today", although $70,000 in 1900 money would be worth
  $2m now. Advances in tech, healthcare, outweigh cash

[11]Red Bull: Empire With Wings
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Klaus Brinkbaumer et al | Spiegel | 26 November 2010

Portrait of Austrian-based energy-drink giant Red Bull, and its founder's
  obsession with sport. Goes beyond sponsorship: Red Bull buys athletes,
  clubs, entire sports. Financed career of F1 champion from age 11

[12]An Irrational Guide To Gifts
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Dan Ariely | Dan Ariely | 26 November 2010

Behavioural economist investigates the principles of optimal gift-giving.
  Starting proposition: “A good gift is something that someone really wants,
  but feels guilty about buying for themselves.”

Topic: China's Rise

Paul Kennedy, Niall Ferguson, Richard MacGregor and others on the history,
  strategy, politics and... [13]Continue reading...
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[14]Today on FiveBooks: Film Noir
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