Newsletter 211


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

[1]Titles
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      1. http://b.rw/eUeThG

Jeff Ealy | Cheap Talk | 18 January 2011

Very short, very useful blog post, about how to choose the best title for
  almost anything, from a bank to an academic paper. Shorter is better. "The
  absolute worst thing you can do with your title is to insert a colon into
  it"

[2]Horoscoped
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      2. http://b.rw/fiNetP

David McCandless | Information Is Beautiful | 19 January 2011

Quantitative analysis of 22,000 horoscopes. Keywords isolated for each sign.
  Results combined into generic, master prediction valid for all people at all
  times. "Whatever the situation or secret moment, enjoy everything a lot ..."

[3]Vive La Difference
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/eLM3wR

Ben Schott | NYT | 18 January 2011

"One Italian, an artist. Two Italians, a concert. Three Italians, defeat".
  Historical glossary of national caricatures and stereotypes, sparked by Mark
  Twain's claim that the only universal American trait is a taste for iced
  water

[4]Afghanistan's Opium Wars
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      4. http://b.rw/g6js1k

Robert Draper | National Geographic | 18 January 2011

Awe-inspiring report on history, logistics, sociology of Afghan opium
  growing. Eradication failing. A few fields are being destroyed. But
  officials are embezzling aid money meant to boost rural economy, help
  farmers diversify
  [5]View full selection
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      5. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[6]Robert Cottrell on =JOURNALISM=
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      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-cottrell-on-journalism

Newspaper  journalism  is  on  its way out, regrets the former foreign
  correspondent and Browser co-founder. He chooses four novels that reflect
  the  golden  days  and  a  style guide that is an equally fine work of
  imagination [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-cottrell-on-journalism

Topic

[8]Islam
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      8. http://thebrowser.com/topics/islam

Islam is the world's fastest growing religion. Some of the world's most
  militant groups claim to be acting in the name of Islam, although many of
  their victims are Muslim. Read interviews with Islamic experts and delve
  into our selection of articles to find out more
  [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/islam

Book of the Day

[10]Scoop
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/scoop-by-evelyn-waugh

- by Evelyn Waugh -

_Robert  Cottrell  says:_  It’s  mandatory  in  any  list of books about
  journalism. Journalists – and I’m talking here about British journalists of
  the  Fleet  Street  era  – would pride themselves on their amateurism,
  and _Scoop_ shoves that back at them in spades. I mean amateurism in the best
  possible sense – encompassing all sorts of virtues, including courage,
  grace, learning, ingenuity. But also, not taking yourself too seriously.

_M   C   Beaton   says:_   Before   I  worked  for  the _Daily  Express_ I
  thought _Scoop_ was a marvellous work of fiction. Then I found it wasn’t that
  far from the truth. They do make various mistakes like employing the wrong
  person.

_Richard  Beeston says:_ I think it is the best description of a foreign
  correspondent’s career, and I doubt it will ever be bettered. It’s still
  very relevant to this rather ridiculous life. When I was covering the early
  days  of  the  Congo,  a  group  of  us  were there, maybe five or six
  correspondents, and somebody had a battered copy of Scoop that we passed
  around.  It  just  read  straight – the life we were living was hardly
  exaggerated. [11]More recommendations…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Browsings

[12]northbank_upper The   Inequality   that   matters  -  Tyler  Cowen
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