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[9] Why Do Firms Exist?
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Schumpeter | Economist | 16 December 2010

If the market is so efficient, why create lots of little centrally-planned
  bureaucracies called companies? And if companies are so efficient, why don't
  they go on growing forever? Ronald Coase found the answer

[10]Town Mute For 30 Years
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A.G. Sulzberger | NYT | 15 December 2010

Bully terrorised midwestern town: murder, vandalism, theft. Then the town
  struck back. One day in 1981 he was shot dead, on the street, in full public
  view. Nobody in the town will say who did it, even now

[11]Amnesia Hour
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Kalpish Ratna | Open | 16 December 2010

Essay on cholera and colonialism, pegged to recent outbreak in Haiti, blamed
  at first on Nepali peacekeepers. Cholera stereotyped as an "Asiatic disease"
  ever since great Indian epidemics of 19th century

[12]Letter To Ireland’s Next Government
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Julian Gough | Prospect | 15 December 2010

"It won’t be easy, negotiating with bondholders under the mournful gaze of
  their relatives’ severed heads, as the cries of castrated and blinded party
  leaders ring out, while our children shag the IMF"

[13]The U-Bend Of Life
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Anonymous | Economist | 16 December 2010

It's great to be 20. Not so great to be 30, And pretty rough to turn 40.
  Here's the nice surprise. After the mid-life crisis, things get better.
  People are happiest in their eighties—if they live that long

[14]What Rawls Hath Wrought
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John Gray | National Interest | 16 December 2010

Review-essay, arguing that modern human-rights doctrine is utopian. It
  ignores political realities. It assumes universality of Western values. But
  people want different things. Some may not even want freedom

[15]The Holocaust We Don’t See
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Timothy Snyder | NYR Blog | 15 December 2010

On Claude Lanzmann's Shoah, opening in New York 25 years after its original
  release. "One of the great works of art of the 20th century. A turning point
  in the history of the representation of the Holocaust"

[16]Belgium Has No Future
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Hans-Jürgen Schlamp et al | Spiegel | 16 December 2010

Interview with Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever, who wants to split
  Belgium in two. "Belgium isn't working anymore! Belgium is a failed nation".
  Accuses king of siding with French-speaking Walloons

[17]Winona Ryder, Forever
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Alex Pappademas | GQ | 15 December 2010

Great interview. Full of asides, gossip, one-liners. "She's too old to
  coquette and too young to cougar". When she was born, her dad, a rare-book
  dealer, tied off her umbilical cord with a sterilised shoelace

[18]Egypt's Command Economy
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Sarah Topol | Slate | 15 December 2010

Egyptian army controls 33-45% of GDP. Makes bottled water, olive oil, pipes,
  electric cables, heaters, roads, fridges. Mubarak's way of tying the
  generals into the status quo. But nobody can talk about it

[19]Against Mixology
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Sarah Deming | Threepenny Review | 13 December 2010

A well-made cocktail is a work of art. A good bartender is a friend for
  life. But saints preserve us from these precious young things in goatee
  beards who call themselves "mixologists", and tell us what to drink

[20]Mick Without Moss
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Zoe Heller | NYT | 5 December 2010

Admiring profile of Sir Mick Jagger at 67. Cricket fan, film-maker,
  intellectually curious, hugely rich. "He is content, it seems, to let Keith
  Richards claim the title of lovable old rock ’n’ roll war horse"

Topic: Cooking

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[22]Today on FiveBooks: Shami Chakrabarti on Human Rights
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