Newsletter 307


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[1]Holiday In Fukushima
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/jAy5rI

Pachiguy | Spike Japan | 8 May 2011

Reflective Japanese wanderings, in the manner of WG Sebald. "Where would the
  roads be most deserted, where would the hotels be emptiest, where would the
  queues be shortest? It was time, I decided, for a holiday in Fukushima"
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/holiday-fukushima

[3]How To Make Money In Microseconds
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/loUYXp

Donald MacKenzie | LRB | 8 May 2011

On "flash trading". Most stock market activity now consists of computers
  generating floods of orders to discover and arbitrage prices. Algorithms
  outsmart algorithms. It works fine, until it doesn't. Then you get a flash
  crash [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-make-money-microseconds

[5]China's Growing Interests In Siberia
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/iEWCm4

Matthias Schepp | Spiegel | 5 May 2011

Six million Russians are scattered across eastern Siberia. Many are leaving.
  Just across the border live 90m Chinese, with another billion at their back.
  Siberia is full of minerals which China covets. What could possibly go
  wrong? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chinas-growing-interests-siberia

[7]How The McEconomy Bombed The American Worker
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/mnDgMr

Andy Kroll | TomDispatch | 8 May 2011

Good news: new jobs are being created. Not so good news: you may be paid
  less than before. Pessimistic analysis suggests this is a McJobs recovery,
  marked by an expansion of low paid jobs and the impoverishment of the middle
  class [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-mceconomy-bombed-american-worker

[9]Unspoken Truths
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jOO8fZ

Christopher Hitchens | Vanity Fair | 9 May 2011

Advancing cancer attacks his vocal cords. "My voice suddenly rose to a
  piping squeak. It began to register all over the place, from a gruff and
  husky whisper to a papery, plaintive bleat. Now it threatens daily to
  disappear" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unspoken-truths

[11]Incredible Views Out Of Airplane Windows
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/kLOvD5

Various | Business Insider/BuzzFeed | 8 May 2011

The headline speaks for itself. There are some extraordinarily striking, and
  well-composed, images among these 100 photographs taken out of airplane
  windows all over the world [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/incredible-views-out-airplane-windows

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Amy Chua on Being a Mother
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amy-chua-on-being-mother

Author of self-satirising memoir on ambitious "tiger mothers" discusses the
  books about parenting that have made the most impact on her

Featured Topic

[14]Art
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/art

What are the most influential art books? Is cow dung art? How political was
  Picasso?  What's the correct etiquette for a gallery opening? All this
  answered and more

Reader Recommendations

@[15]prospect_uk Can we live without lies? [16]bit.ly/lT1KTm #[17]browsings
  @[18]microphilosophy
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      16. http://bit.ly/lT1KTm
      17. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      18. http://twitter.com/microphilosophy

Book of the Day

[19]Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/twilight-delhi-by-ahmed-ali

[20]Roy  Moxham  says: "A fascinating story of what life was like in a
  prosperous, middle-class family in the crowded lanes of Old Delhi in the
  early 20th century"
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roy-moxham-on-indian-journeys

Video of the Day

[21]Art Of Flight
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos/art-flight

Even more extreme snowboarding, from the producers of "That's It, That's
  All"

Quote of the Day

[22]Andrew Brown, on democracy
    Links:
      22. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2011/may/06/nickclegg

"Democracy is like drains. You miss it dreadfully when it's not there"

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