Newsletter 168


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[2]Monetising Celebrity Meltdowns
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Benjamin Wallace | New York | 28 November 2010
  Financier Tom Barrack sees distressed celebrities as business opportunities.
  Bought Michael Jackson's assets, made windfall when Jackson died, music
  sales boomed. Now he's refinancing Annie Leibovitz

[3]A Caucasus Wedding
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      3. http://b.rw/g5V5PM

William Burns | US Govt/Wikileaks | 28 November 2010
  Shrewd, funny, informative account of big-money wedding in Russian Caucasus,
  from America's then-ambassador in Moscow. Much drinking. Many guns. Guests
  include Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen president

[4]Amakusa: Islands Of Dread
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      4. http://b.rw/hXOsgW

Richard Hendy | Spike Japan | 28 November 2010
  Gorgeous diary of visit to decaying islands off Kyushu with fastest-falling
  property values in Japan. Area blighted since 17th-century rebellion against
  shogun, when islands were sacked, repopulated with convicts

[5]On Political Satire
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      5. http://bit.ly/gqAY0Q

P.J. O'Rourke | Five Books | 29 November 2010
  American  humourist  recommends  favourite  books on political satire.
  Conventional choice of books—Gulliver's Travels, Animal Farm, 1984 etc—but
  highly enjoyable conversation, ranging from Sweden to spittoons

[6]Stop Talking, Start Taxing Carbon
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Clive Crook | FT | 28 November 2010
  There won't be a global deal on climate change. But there is a solution,
  that  any  country  can  adopt.  Carbon tax. Simple, cheap, efficient,
  transparent. Doesn't even raise public spending. Raises revenue

[7]A Banquet Of Secrets
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      7. http://b.rw/dKg9To

Timothy Garton Ash | Guardian | 28 November 2010
  Wikileaks  dump of US State Dept cables is "the historian's dream, the
  diplomat's nightmare". General effect is to raise one's opinion of State
  Dept and British Foreign Office. Outwardly stuffy, inwardly shrewd

[8]Why Hate Modern Classical Music?
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Alex Ross | Guardian | 28 November 2010
  People love modern painting. Modern novels. Modern film. So why are Berg,
  Webern, other modern composers such a specialised taste? Is their music
  intrinsically hard to listen to, or is it a matter of fashion?

[9]Light On Secret Diplomatic Channels
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      9. http://b.rw/e3nE5y

Scott Shane et al | NYT | 28 November 2010
  Nuggets  from  Wikileaks  trove of US diplomatic cables: scenarios for
  reunification of Korea; fears for Pakistan nuclear security; deals to place
  Gitmo prisoners; allegations of online spying against China

[10]"Wild West" Seeks Cowboys
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Peter Guest | This Is Africa | 24 November 2010
  Report from South Sudan. Gruff expats say business is good, peace will hold,
  UN makes too much fuss. “Juba used to be a lot of fun. Now it’s full of
  silly little 19-year old girls handing out malaria tablets.”

[11]Customer Reviews Of K2 Speaker Cable
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      11. http://b.rw/gOYV59

Whisper et al | Amazon | 29 November 2010
  Advertisement for $6,800 hi-fi speaker cables from Audioquest provokes
  delirious outburst of fantastical and sarcastic customer reviews. Not to
  mention some oddities in the "also viewed" column

[12]Obituary: Jure Robic
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      12. http://b.rw/ece5pK

Anonymous | Telegraph | 28 November 2010
  Extreme cyclist. Rode 3,000 miles across America on eight hours' sleep. High
  psychological  cost.  "He  imagined that cracks in the road were coded
  messages, and that he was being pursued by the Mujahedeen"

[13]On The Death Sentence
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John Paul Stevens | NYRB | 28 November 2010
  Long, scholarly essay. Retired justice of US Supreme Court, opponent of
  death penalty, reviews David Garland's "Peculiar Institution", which finds
  that executions don't deter crime, but they do please public

Topic: Wikileaks

Interviews with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Backgrounders on the
  Afghan and Iraq War Diaries... [14]Continue reading...
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[15]Today on FiveBooks: P J O’Rourke on Political Satire
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