Newsletter 204


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

[1]How Al-Qaeda Grabbed Iraqi Weapons Factory
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/eos0Vm

Dominic Streatfeild | Guardian | 7 January 2011

Hair-raising. While American troops were pouring into Baghdad in 2003, and
  despite warnings from IAEA, they left huge Al Qa'qaa weapons plant, 25km
  west of city unguarded. Locals bagged up high explosive, sold it off to
  Al-Qaeda

[2]The Self-Contempt Needed To Love Darts
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      2. http://b.rw/hAEIht

Howard Jacobson | Independent | 8 January 2011

"To sit in front of the television for hour after hour watching charmless
  men with heart-attack colour in their cheeks and close-together eyes aim at
  the same narrow band of red cork. Isn't that a strange thing to want to do?"

[3]Somali Doctor Holds Her Ground
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      3. http://b.rw/dHlUST

Mohammed Ibrahim & Jeffrey Gettleman | NYT | 8 January 2011

Inspiring profile of "Mama" Hawa Abdi, 63, who runs a hospital for 100,000
  refugees outside Mogadishu. Faces down marauding militia when necessary.
  Trained in Kiev. Does all the surgery herself. Recently survived a brain
  tumour

[4]Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/e07QrR

Amy Chua | WSJ | 8 January 2011

"What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you're good at
  it. To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own
  never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their
  preferences"
                        [5]View full selection
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      5. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[6]Eloisa James on =ROMANCE WRITING=
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/eloisa-james-on-romance-writing

Bestselling romantic novelist Eloisa James says romance novels are all
  pretty feminist – even historical heroines (who couldn’t hold a job) are
  forthright, strong women. [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/eloisa-james-on-romance-writing

Topic

[8]Crime & Thriller Writing
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/topics/crime-writing

Leading writers discuss their genre and select their top five essential
  reads, plus selected articles on the murky world of thrillers and whodunnits
  [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/crime-writing

Book of the Day

[10]Dark Lover
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/dark-lover-by-ward

-by  J  R Ward - Ward did a fantastic job of capturing the complicated
  zeitgeist in America, post-9/11. This is a vampire book that plays directly
  into the sort of fears raised by the terrorist attack: the ‘good’ vampires
  fight ‘bad’ vampires, who merge into the general population and can’t be
  detected  (except  by  the  smell of baby powder, hardly an infallible
  attribute).

[11]More recommendations…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

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