Newsletter 228


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

[1]Licensed To Shampoo
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/eENjOc

Stephanie Simon | WSJ | 7 February 2011

Some Americans want more red tape, not less. Lower-skilled
  professions—locksmiths, barbers, masseurs, nutritionists, tattoo
  artists—clamour to be licensed and regulated, in hope of raising their
  status, restricting competition

[2]Food And Sociology
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/fxbYnI

Ellen Kanner | Culinate | 1 February 2011

A flavoursome interview with food sociologist Mark Kurlansky. "Always serve
  food when you're doing interviews. You have much better conversations". Food
  is this man's cultural and historical touchstone

[3]Spiderman: Hanging By A Thread
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/hgx4Tn

Ben Brantley | NYT | 7 February 2011

Damning review of $65m show, still in preview. "So grievously broken in
  every respect that it is beyond repair." Fun only comes when something goes
  wrong. Music "increasing and decreasing in intensity like a persistent
  headache"

[4]The Lockerbie Deal
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/dUonxK

David Rose | Vanity Fair | 8 February 2011

Investigation reveals Britain's release of Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset
  Ali al-Megrahi, to have been part of web of business dealings between Tony
  Blair and Muammar Qaddafi, centering on oil fields for BP, and arms sales

[5]The Information
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/g4uA0z

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 7 February 2011

Discursive review of books about internet, social media, information
  overload, by Clay Shirky, Nicholas Carr et al. "Books explaining why books
  no longer matter. They come in the typical flavors: eulogistic, alarmed,
  sober, gleeful"

[6]AriannaOL
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/hMQH7o

Jeff Jarvis | Buzz Machine | 7 February 2011

A positive spin on HuffPo and why AOL acquired them. "They laughed when
  Arianna sat down to the keyboard. They were wrong." AOL right to value "new
  cultural understanding of media that is built around the value of curation"

[7]Iran's Execution Binge
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/fKgGqe

Omid Memarian | Daily Beast | 5 February 2011

At least 70 people were executed in Iran in January alone. Some say it's
  more like 100. Detentions and torture continue apace. "The killings have
  sent a bone chilling message to members of Iran’s pro-democracy Green
  Movement"

[8]An Italian Winter?
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/gYT3sl

Guy WR | Le Grimpeur | 6 February 2011

How Fausto Coppi destroyed the field in the first post-war Milan-San Remo
  bike race. Brutal training regime involved riding alone for 150km before
  meeting amateur riders who'd attack him constantly for another 100km
  [9]View full selection
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      9. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[10]Andy Beckett on =THE 1970S=
    Links:
      10. 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 [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-beckett-on-1970s

Topic

[12]Communism
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/topics/communism

Our series on Communism, for the inquisitive Comrade. Interviews range from
  Robert Service on Totalitarian Russia to Richard McGregor on the Chinese
  Communist Party. Each expert picks their favourite books and articles
  [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/topics/communism

Book of the Day

[14]The Prince
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/prince-by-machiavelli

-by Machiavelli -

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More recommendations…

Browsings
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      15. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

[16]prospect_uk Is Julian Assange a modern incarnation of the delusional
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  [19]More user recommended #browsings…
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