Newsletter 316


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[1]International Intervention
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/iRAAjS

Charles Crawford | Diplomat | 12 May 2011

"Gaddafi and Mubarak case studies reinforce the worst instincts of the worst
  dictators: make clear from the start of any unrest that you’ll do what it
  takes to stay in power. Western governments talk tough, but that is
  negotiable" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/international-intervention

[3]Orchestra Names Strike False Note
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/liclS5

Daniel Wakin | NYT | 17 May 2011

The "Dublin Philharmonic" that toured America two years ago? Mostly
  Bulgarians. The "Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra"? Freelancers. The
  “Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra"? Unknown, even to its future
  conductor [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/orchestra-names-strike-false-note

[5]And I Should Know
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ilTd9t

Roseanne Barr | New York Mag | 15 May 2011

Like or loathe her old sitcom, she tells a good story about battles with
  producers, studio execs and agents. And how fame affected her. To say
  nothing of the time George Clooney attacked a chocolate cake with a baseball
  bat for her [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/and-i-should-know

[7]Stockholm Syndrome Theory Of Long Novels
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jEILHi

Mark O'Connell | Millions | 16 May 2011

"You finish the last page of Gravity’s Rainbow and think, 'that was
  monumental'. But this sense of monumentality has at least as much to do with
  our achievement in having read the thing, as with the author’s in having
  written it" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/stockholm-syndrome-theory-long-novels

[9]Early Adopter's Guide To Space Travel
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jWDTcQ

Erik Sofge | Popular Mechanics | 17 May 2011

Private space-travel industry is advancing, but it needs a business model.
  That's where you come in: the customer. Virgin Galactic starts suborbital
  flights next year. First seats cost $200,000. Can this evolve into a mass
  market? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/early-adopters-guide-space-travel

[11]Scenes From Pakistan
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/m5c1eW

Various | Atlantic | 13 May 2011

Some lovely shots in this collection of 45 photographs from Pakistan.
  Including a few snapshots of Pakistani life little known to the outside
  world, such as skiing and fashion shows [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scenes-pakistan

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Nikolaos van Dam on Syria
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nikolaos-van-dam-on-syria

The veteran Dutch diplomat explains why meaningful political change in Syria
  will be difficult to achieve – and warns that any move towards democracy is
  likely to be accompanied by severe sectarian tension

Featured Topic

[14]Poetry
    Links:
      14. 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

_@[15]andyguess_ Western   humanitarian   intervention:  history  of  an
  idea [16]bbc.in/ljaxH6 [17]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/andyguess
      16. http://bbc.in/ljaxH6
      17. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/being-digital-by-nicholas-negroponte

[19]David Soskin says: "What is so fascinating about it is that he explains
  in  layman’s terms why it is that digital information will result in a
  communications revolution. It was an amazingly prescient book"
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-soskin-on-internet

Video of the Day

[20]Adventures Of Tintin
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/adventures-tintin

3D motion capture. Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Jason Kottke feels
  "a Polar Express vibe"

Quote of the Day

[21]Roseanne Barr, on television
    Links:
      21. http://nymag.com/print/?/arts/tv/upfronts/2011/roseanne-barr-2011-5

"Imitation is the sincerest form of show business"

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