Newsletter 310


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[1]People vs Goldman Sachs
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/iDDU89

Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 11 May 2011

"A well-connected firm with the ear of the president and the Treasury
  appears to have conquered the entire regulatory structure and stands on the
  precipice of getting away with one of the biggest financial crimes in
  history" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/people-vs-goldman-sachs

[3]Confessions Of A Lexicographer
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/kcNFNC

Jonathon Green | Dabbler | 12 May 2011

Beautiful, thoughtful explication of a working life. "I chase down words.
  And by placing these words in alphabetical order and by naming and defining
  and providing a word-based background for their existence I create a book"
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/confessions-lexicographer

[5]What The Mafia Teaches About Fiscal Policy
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/iFUBpt

Olaf Storbeck | Economics Intelligence | 11 May 2011

Catchy title, serious issue: does economic stimulus work? It can be
  difficult to tell because when policymakers do it they don't know what would
  have happened if they hadn't. Happily, Italy's anti-mafia operations suggest
  an answer [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-mafia-teaches-about-fiscal-policy

[7]A Clockwork Orange: The Droog Rides Again
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/j7GQVn

Steve Rose | Guardian | 11 May 2011

One of the most infamous films of the last century celebrates its 40th
  anniversary. Interesting essay looks back at the film's history -- how it
  was made, why it became notorious. And whether it has now lost its shock
  value [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/clockwork-orange-droog-rides-again

[9]How Wikileaks Gags Its Own Staff
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jLHhKJ

David Allen Green | New Statesman | 11 May 2011

Copy of "draconian" confidentiality agreement Wikileaks employees must sign.
  Includes a "ludicrous" £12m penalty for violation of gag order. Wikileaks'
  attitude toward its information looks more commercial than public-spirited
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-wikileaks-gags-its-own-staff

[11]Hollywood, A Love Story
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/mki2K2

Clive James | Atlantic | 11 May 2011

David Thomson's "New Biographical Dictionary of Film" is "a shantytown with
  the ambitions of a capital city. It gets bigger all the time without ever
  becoming more coherent". But "as a book meant to be argued with, it’s a
  triumph" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hollywood-love-story

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Edward L Glaeser on Urban Economics
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edward-l-glaeser-on-urban-economics

The  Harvard  economist chooses books on the economics of cities, from
  Chicago’s life story to how urban transport shaped New York

Featured Topic

[14]Communism
    Links:
      14. 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

Reader Recommendations

_[15]@[16]mrianleslie_  "Numbers remain a challenge for Britain’s ruling
  class." [17]on.ft.com/kiIFqj [18]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/#!/mrianleslie
      16. http://twitter.com/mrianleslie
      17. http://on.ft.com/kiIFqj
      18. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[19]To Change China: Western Advisers in China by Jonathan D Spence
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/change-china-western-advisers-china-by-jonathan-d-spence

_[20]Evan  Osnos  says:_  "At  its core, this book is about humility and
  understanding what is possible in China as a foreigner"
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/evan-osnos-on-china

Video of the Day

[21]Russian Facebook Roulette
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos/russian-facebook-roulette

"The first game in which you can lose your digital life"

Quote of the Day

[22]Stephen Moss, on British politics
    Links:
      22. https://twitter.com/#!/benonix

"The coalition vs Labour is the political equivalent of Wigan vs West Ham.
    Likely to be decided by own goals"

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