Newsletter 327


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[1]Lady Gaga Takes Tea With Mr Fry
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/lizTnM

Stephen Fry | FT | 27 May 2011

Eccentric British polymath interviews outrageous global music superstar.
  Seriously. Irresistible from the start: "You get a strong sense of the
  character and behaviour of a great star by smelling the mood of those around
  them" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lady-gaga-takes-tea-mr-fry

[3]When We Finish, Nobody Is Left Alive
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/mJaVgt

Michael Sontheimer | Spiegel | 27 May 2011

Nazi occupation of Poland. Spiegel dusts off another awful chapter of German
  history. Six million killed. Aim was "to transform the Poles into a nation
  of slaves", educated only to do simple sums, write their names, obey orders
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-we-finish-nobody-left-alive

[5]A Turning-Point We Miss At Our Peril
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/lLtrFr

Johann Hari | Independent | 26 May 2011

Important read on climate change. "A marginalised voice is offering us a
  warning, and an inspiring way to save ourselves – yet this alternative seems
  to be passing unheard in the night. It is coming from the people of Ecuador"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/turning-point-we-miss-our-peril

[7]A Trip Around Our Solar System
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ihQqi2

Various | Atlantic | 27 May 2011

Wonderful photo gallery showing the full variety of our solar system. From
  close-up shots of Mercury's surface to craters on Mars, giant asteroids and
  comets as you have never seen them before. An awe-inspiring collection
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trip-around-our-solar-system

[9]Are Artists Liars?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/kTS1Sn

Ian Leslie | More Intelligent Life | 24 May 2011

Both artists and liars refuse to accept "the tyranny of reality". In fact,
  our storytelling and our lies have a common neurological root. We often
  self-censor the lies. But maybe art evolved as a socially useful outlet for
  lying [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-artists-liars

[11]Your Commute Is Killing You
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/iFjrls

Annie Lowrey | Slate | 26 May 2011

People with long journey times suffer disproportionate pain, stress,
  obesity, dissatisfaction. So why do we do it? Often it's to get a bigger
  home for our money. But we fail to take the cost of our time spent commuting
  into account [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/your-commute-killing-you

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Audrey Penn on Books for Teenagers
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/audrey-penn-on-books-teenagers

The children’s author picks five books she loved as a teenager – all stories
  of struggle in the face of adversity which she identifies with her own
  struggle with disability

Book of the Day

[14]On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/writing-memoir-craft-by-stephen-king

[15]Andrew Cowan says: "Students love it. It’s bracing: there’s no nonsense.
  He says he is determined to tell it like it is"
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-cowan-on-creative-writing

Video of the Day

[16]Heineken: The Date
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/videos/heineken-date

Kill Bill meets Goodfellas meets at least one of the Flying Pickets

Reader Recommendations

_@acratley_ _@mcsweeneys_ Must-read for young attys fighting Goliath of big
  banks/wrongful foreclosures #browsings [17]j.mp/mc7943 [18]#browsings
    Links:
      17. http://j.mp/mc7943
      18. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Quote of the Day

[19]Sujata Gupta, on a hormone that may counter autism:
    Links:
      19. http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/02/autism.html

Mice  and monkeys release the hormone when they groom and mate, for
    example, and humans given a dose of oxytocin are more likely to offer a
    total stranger money, even if they don't get anything in return

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