Newsletter 237


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

[1]China's Second Wives
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/ePr12a

Tom Doctoroff | Canvas8 | 15 February 2011

Rich men in China are expected to keep mistresses, and to treat them
  lavishly. Purchases by and for "second wives" may account for one-third of
  luxury goods sales. Romantic love exists, but it "competes with a
  transactional element"

[2]Secrets Of A Mind-Gamer
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/eLpWXW

Joshua Foer | NYT | 17 February 2011

How to acquire a seemingly magical memory. "Each morning I sat at my desk
  for 10 to 15 minutes to work through a poem or memorize the names in a
  yearbook. Strolls around the neighborhood became an excuse to memorize
  license plates"

[3]Battle For Soul Of Kung Fu
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/eLb5Go

Peter Gwin | National Geographic | 17 February 2011

Monks of China's Shaolin temple maintain martial arts tradition dating back
  to fifth century. They also run an international business empire, including
  touring kung fu troupes, branded tea and soap, franchised temples abroad

[4]Straddling A Fault Line
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/hZowF7

Inez Holger | Utne Reader | 17 February 2011

Recovering schizophrenic tells of illness. "I live with a quiet, plump girl
  who went to school with me. Even though she spills Frosted Flakes on the
  floor every morning, I still do not want to obey the voice telling me to
  kill her"

[5]How We Know
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/gT16rn

Freeman Dyson | NYRB | 17 February 2011

Superb essay on James Gleick's "The Information", history of information
  technologies. Claude Shannon founded modern information theory with 1948
  paper based on wartime cryptography. Key insight: data and meaning are
  separate things

[6]I, Reporters
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/gXcPwC

Anonymous | Economist | 16 February 2011

Researchers try to create serious article using team of distributed writers.
  Headline, summary, charts all handled by separate amateurs. Nobody gets to
  see each other's work. Will final product match that of a professional
  reporter?
  [7]View full selection
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[8]Timothy Beal on =BIBLES=
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-beal-on-bibles

Religion professor introduces five different versions of the Bible — from
  the New Oxford Annotated edition to less traditional "green" and feminist
  takes [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-beal-on-bibles

Topic

[10]Sex
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/sex

Call girls, bondage, pornography, naked yoga, adultery and the science of
  sperm; it's all here but maybe NSFW
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/topics/sex

Book of the Day

[12]The letters of Beethoven
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/letters-beethoven-by-ludwig-van-beethoven-translated-emily-anderson

-by Ludwig van Beethoven Translated by Emily Anderson -

Beethoven wrote a lot of letters, because of his deafness. He wonders how he
  can face people. How can he of all people face the public when the one organ
  that distinguishes him and gives him his art is not working? It agonised
  him. The other thing that comes through in the letters is this absolute
  confidence – not arrogance, just complete confidence in his, I suppose,
  destiny: _schicksal_.

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

Browsings

"Beethoven wrote a lot of letters, because of his deafness. One thing that
  comes through is his absolute confidence in his destiny" Browsings: From
  [14]@mrianleslie A short history of 'hello' [15]n.pr/gKBjhv #[16]browsings
  [17]More user recommended #browsings…
    Links:
      14. http://twitter.com/mrianleslie
      15. http://n.pr/gKBjhv
      16. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      17. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

| [18]The Browser| [19]Twitter| [20]Facebook| [21]Unsubscribe| [22]Privacy
  Policy| [23]Contact|
  Having trouble reading this email? [24]View it in your browser.
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com
      19. http://twitter.com/thebrowser
      20. http://www.facebook.com/Thebrowser
      21. *|UNSUB|*
      22. http://thebrowser.com/privacy-policy
      23. http://thebrowser.com/contact
      24. *|ARCHIVE|*

*|LIST_ADDRESS|*
  *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*

Join 90,000+ curious readers who grow with us every day

No spam. No nonsense. Unsubscribe anytime.

Great! Check your inbox and click the link to confirm your subscription
Please enter a valid email address!
You've successfully subscribed to The Browser
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in
Could not sign in! Login link expired. Click here to retry
Cookies must be enabled in your browser to sign in
search