Newsletter 291


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[1]Poppies For Pain Relief
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/g2MKca

Charli Carpenter | Lawyers, Guns & Money | 17 April 2011

There is a global shortage of analgesics like morphine for pain relief, and
  yet the international community focuses on poppy eradication in Afghanistan,
  the world's largest poppy producer, in the name of the "war on drugs"
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/poppies-pain-relief

[3]Life After A Bestseller
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/igROz9

Elif Batuman | Guardian | 20 April 2011

Gorgeous first-person account of pleasures of success, from brilliant young
  critic and novelist whose first book, a collection of essays on Russian
  literature, became a surprise best-seller. Cameo appearance from Jonathan
  Franzen [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-after-bestseller

[5]Ariel Casts Out Caliban
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/dTFKev

Eric Michael Johnson | Times Higher Education | 21 April 2011

Debunking myth of "killer ape" theory of evolution. Studies of bonobos
  reveals calmer, more passive animals, likely to be our closest animal
  ancestors. Suggests mutual aid and pleasure not violence were keys to human
  success [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ariel-casts-out-caliban

[7]In The Sorting Office
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/hU94gg

James Meek | LRB | 20 April 2011

Voyage through the Dutch postal service, privatised in 1989, then opened up
  to competition. Result: a horrible mess. As opposed to the British postal
  service, liberalised but not privatised. Result: another horrible mess. Go
  figure [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sorting-office

[9]Concatenation In The Arab World
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ib9PZC

Perry Anderson | New Left Review | 20 April 2011

Marxist analysis of the Arab awakening. America has backed despots, to keep
  the oil safe, but would prefer deferential democracies. "If an Erdogan can
  be found for Cairo or Tunis, Washington will have every reason to be
  satisfied" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/concatenation-arab-world

[11]Nervous Nellies
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/hVjUpA

Taylor Clark | Slate | 20 April 2011

Are women really more anxious than men? Parenting disparities and cultural
  pressures play a part. Yet "Women are simply more honest about their
  anxiety, because they've been taught to deal with it through unencumbered
  fretting" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/taylor-clark-slate-20th-april-2011

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Ian McEwan on Books That Have Helped Shape His Novels
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels

Novelist Ian McEwan talks about the books that have helped shape his own –
  from the biography of a scientific genius to a treatise on the end of time
  – and the importance of finding ‘mental freedom’

Featured Topic

[14]Climate Change
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Want to know how our planet is faring? Access the definitive reading list on
  climate change, as recommended by Jonathan Porritt and others, and read
  articles that will get you past the smoke and mirrors of Climategate

Reader Recommendations

@DAMIENJOYCE Making it in electronic music, despite democratization via
  @mikeloukides [15]t.co/i8zz4RX [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://t.co/i8zz4RX
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]Le Fil de l'Epée by Charles de Gaulle
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/le-fil-de-lepée-by-charles-de-gaulle

[18]Michael Palliser says: “Short and written in the early 1930s, this is a
  fascinating exposition of how a great leader has to behave”
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-palliser-on-diplomacy

Video of the Day

[19]South Carolina Tea Partiers Speak Out
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/south-carolina-tea-partiers-speak-out

I know, I had you at "South Carolina". And, by the way, they're really very
  keen on Donald Trump

Quote of the Day

[20]Madison Smartt Bell, on airport security
    Links:
      20. http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Interview-Madison-Smartt-Bell

"A terrorist who can make you feel dread whenever you see an airplane has
    succeeded brilliantly"

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