Newsletter 318


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[1]Hidden Traces Of A Nazi Past
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/loXsEG

Nicholas Stargardt | TLS | 18 May 2011

Martin Davidson has reconstructed his grandfather's life as a dentist — and
  Nazi stormtrooper. "However used we are becoming to the extraordinary range
  of family histories in 21st century Britain, there has been nothing like
  this" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hidden-traces-nazi-past

[3]Is Bitcoin The Wikileaks Of Monetary Policy?
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/m2K08T

Robert Tercek | Launch | 17 May 2011

Bitcoin is a new virtual currency, offering total anonymity. It's a P2P
  solution, so it's outside government control. And it's ringing alarm bells
  with economists, bankers and politicians alike. But how threatening is it
  really? [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bitcoin-wikileaks-monetary-policy

[5]Is A Bad Writing System A Good Thing?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/mGCtJg

Mark Liberman | Language Log | 19 May 2011

English, Japanese, Chinese have worst orthography among major languages.
  Which may be useful, if it "creates a meritocracy based on verbal aptitude
  and willingness to work hard at difficult and arbitrary socially-prescribed
  tasks" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bad-orthography-good-thing

[7]Roast Chicken For Two, A Recipe
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ifgB0z

Michael Ruhlman | Slate | 18 May 2011

Step one: Preheat oven. Step two: Wash chicken. Step three: Have sex with
  your partner. "And I'm not speaking with tongue in cheek. I'm strongly and
  earnestly recommending you make sex part of the routine of cooking". Here's
  why [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/roast-chicken-two-recipe

[9]An Honest Blog Post
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jzTZQw

Richard Seddon | Parboiled Comics | 18 May 2011

A story. And a request. "August 11th 2010. That was the day I found out. I'd
  been to see my doctor week after week with mouth ulcers. I was repeatedly
  told I had an oral infection and that antibiotics would knock it out"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/honest-blog-post

[11]Scenes From China
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/msMeZS

Various | Atlantic | 18 May 2011

A tour of China in 48 photographs, shot as we approach 90 years of Communist
  rule. Landscapes, cityscapes and portraits from across this vast country
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scenes-china

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Lawrence F Kaplan on US Intervention
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lawrence-f-kaplan-on-us-intervention

The foreign affairs commentator explains why US presidents have less room to
  manoeuvre on foreign policy than they think, and why President Obama has had
  to set aside his “minimalist” inclinations

Featured Topic

[14]Film
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

What do film directors read? Is screenwriting literature? What are the best
  Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? Our experts and editors have
  the answers. For the film buff who browses ...

Reader Recommendations

@emustich RT @Salon When I fell for a doomsday prophecy [15]bit.ly/lBCZLp
  [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://bit.ly/lBCZLp
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/second-sex-by-simone-de-beauvoir

[18]Erica Jong says: "The French literary world is incredibly sexist and
  here was one of their darlings pointing out how much they discriminate"
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/erica-jong-on-unmissable-books-women-feminism-and-life

Video of the Day

[19]Synesthesia
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/synesthesia

Arguably the best newspaper turkey ever roasted. But do I hear an onion?

Quote of the Day

[20]Scott Adams, on babies
    Links:
      20. http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/slowing_the_decline_in_your_personal_appeal

"Humans start their lives at the peak of their popularity. You will never
    regain the personal appeal you enjoyed as a baby"

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