Newsletter 227


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

Dear reader,
  You may have noticed that we unrolled a fresh design for our homepage over
  the weekend. We hope you find it makes it even easier to find the writing
  worth reading. Here are the articles which our editor selected today as Best
  of the Moment.

[1]
Fears of Islam Mislead Egypt’s Overseers
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/f34UwI

Mark Mazower | FT | 6 February 2011

Terrible title, great piece. For real change in Egypt, we need change in
  Western attitudes. Western powers have been trying to run Egypt since late
  19C, drawn by Suez Canal and by hopes of fomenting, or avoiding, religious
  war

[2]Flu Breakthrough Promises A Vaccine To Kill All Strains
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/hX8RnI

Alok Jha | Guardian | 6 February 2011

Oxford scientists release details of remarkable new flu treatment that
  "targets proteins inside the flu virus that are common across all strains,
  instead of those that sit on the virus's external coat, which are liable to
  mutate"

[3]Can a Computer Win On "Jeopardy"?
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/feh9zK

Stephen Baker | WSJ | 5 February 2011

Book  extract.  How  IBM built and programmed a computer to beat human
  contestants in a television game show. Tougher than chess, apparently.
  Computer is fast, great with facts, but bad with puns and complex grammar.
  And it crashes

[4]Why Tunis, Why Cairo?
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/fDWFHo

Issandr El Amrani | LRB | 5 February 2011

Outstanding   commentary  on  Arab  rebellions.  Tunisia  has  changed
  fundamentally. Egyptian "deep state" may survive Mubarak. Impressive detail
  on Egypt's domestic security apparatus: "parallel government" with 2m agents
  and informants

[5]How 'The Fridge' Lost His Way
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/fIy2VT

Tom Friend | ESPN | 6 February 2011

Brief rise, long fall of American football star William 'The Refrigerator'
  Perry. Drank "two or three cases" of beer a night when playing. Decline
  speeded by illness. Now 48-year-old, incontinent, housebound, 400-pound
  alcoholic

[6]Twenty Reasons Why It's Kicking-Out Time
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/gLvBHx

Paul Mason | BBC | 5 February 2011

Common factors in social unrest around the world, from Ireland to Egypt. "At
  the  heart  of it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no
  future". But with access to social media. And an understanding of how power
  works

[7]Paul Haggis vs Church Of Scientology
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/e5K3MS

Lawrence Wright | New Yorker | 6 February 2011

Respected Hollywood director quits church after 35 years. Angered initially
  by opposition to gay marriage. Decides on reflection whole thing is pack of
  lies. Much interesting background on Scientology's hunger for celebrities
  [8]View full selection
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[9]Andy Beckett on =THE 1970S=
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-beckett-on-1970s

Andy Beckett’s choices point to a welcome reassessment of the 1970s, that
  much-maligned 'gothic' decade, and sweep from London to Los Angeles by way
  of Malcolm Bradbury and John le Carré [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-beckett-on-1970s

Topic

[11]Financial Crisis
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

In-depth primer for both the expert and the amateur. Experts interviewed
  include Eichengreen, Barro and Rodrik. Wide range of hand-picked background
  articles
  [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

Book of the Day

[13]Oryx and Crake
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/oryx-and-crake-by-margaret-atwood

-by Margaret Atwood -

[14]

More recommendations…

Browsings
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

[15]alexlankester Haunting, intimate, harrowing photo essay by award winning
  Darcy Padilla. Be prepared. [16]bit.ly/e9VTqs #[17]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/alexlankester
      16. http://bit.ly/e9VTqs
      17. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

[18]More user recommended #browsings…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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