Newsletter 283


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Best of the Week

[1]Anatomy Of An Afghan War Tragedy
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/hvqDvv

David S. Cloud | LA Times | 10 April 2011

Gripping second-by-second account of a U.S. air strike that killed Afghan
  civilians. Shows that having "some of the most sophisticated tools in the
  history of war" cannot prevent against bad judgement and human error
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/anatomy-afghan-war-tragedy

[3]The Victorian Art Of Murder
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/hqOsQ3

Jonathan Barnes | TLS | 13 April 2011

Grisly murders were celebrated in 19th-century popular culture for three
  main reasons: professionalisation of the police force, rise of the popular
  press, arrival of the detective as the righter of wrongs and the solver of
  problems [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/victorian-art-murder

[5]Mafia Boss Tells All
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/fl30kK

William Rashbaum | NYT | 12 April 2011

Bonnano family boss testifies in New York court. And yes, it sounds just
  like The Sopranos “You never talk in a club, you never talk in a car, you
  never talk on a cellphone, you never talk on a phone, you never talk in your
  house" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mafia-boss-breaks-code-tells-all

[7]Mafia Boss Tells All
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/fl30kK

William Rashbaum | NYT | 12 April 2011

Bonnano family boss testifies in New York court. And yes, it sounds just
  like The Sopranos “You never talk in a club, you never talk in a car, you
  never talk on a cellphone, you never talk on a phone, you never talk in your
  house" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mafia-boss-breaks-code-tells-all

[9]No Strings Attached
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/h6tuJk

David Roberts | Outside | 12 April 2011

Outstanding profile of Alex Honnold, exponent of the most dangerous form of
  rock-climbing -- free-soloing. No ropes, no other aids, no partner. Its only
  rule: if you slip, you die. Reading to make you shiver then sweat
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/no-strings-attached

[11]Twitter's Forgotten Cofounder - Noah Glass
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ec2lPV

Nicholas Carlson | Business Insider | 13 April 2011

Unmissable interview with the Twitter founder you never heard of - a man
  abandoned by his friends and forgotten by history. "Some people have gotten
  credit, some people haven't. The reality is it was a group effort"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/twitters-forgotten-cofounder-noah-glass

[13]Brain Drain At CIA
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/eRwTLR

Julie Tate | Washington Post | 12 April 2011

Since 9/11 private agencies have been poaching top talent from CIA, then
  hiring them back to the agency as contract employees or hiring them out as
  lobbyists. End to old agency culture, which said that when a spy retired, he
  retired [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/brain-drain-cia

[15]How Self-Control Works
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/hw7P63

Dan Ariely | Scientific American | 12 April 2011

Investigation into one of the most fundamental of human skills - crucial for
  an effective society but can it be taught? First question, what actually is
  self-control? Is it any more than an effective ability to distract
  ourselves? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-self-control-works

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Patrick French on India
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-french-on-india

Author  of  acclaimed  new  work _India: A Portrait_ takes us around the
  world’s largest democracy, from the dance bars of Bombay to Kerala crab
  curry on the Southwest coast

Featured Topic

[18]Poetry
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/topics/poetry

From poets on poetry and lives of the great poets, to fact-checking verse
  and Google Voice as poetry ... something for the bard in us all

Reader Recommendations

_@[19]sophiemaynard_:  I  love it! Most people can’t tell the difference
  between expensive wine and plonk. _[20]bit.ly/fRexBN [21]#browsings_
    Links:
      19. http://twitter.com/sophiemaynard
      20. http://bit.ly/fRexBN
      21. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[22]The Shining by Stephen King
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/shining-by-stephen-king

_[23]R J Ellory_ says: “I have always rated Stephen King. I think he is so
  much more than just a commercially successful horror writer.”
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/r-j-ellory-on-human-dramas

Video of the Day

[24]The Governator: Official Trailer
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/videos/governator-official-trailer

Animated cartoon, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as comic superhero

Quote of the Day

[25]Guy Kawasaki, on the iPhone
    Links:
      25. http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-survived-80s-thanks-to-one-piece-of-software-says-guy-kawasaki/90024

"$188 worth of parts, manufactured in a plant where workers tend to commit
    suicide, hitched to America’s worst cell phone network. But this is not
    how Steve Jobs pitches it"

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