Newsletter 355


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[5]Denis Forman's Guide To 'Die Meistersinger'
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/mbdGwj

Denis Forman | Guardian | 24 June 2011

Brilliant, funny summary. "It's the acceptable face of Wagner. There are no
  hang-ups with sex and sin, no power-mad dwarfs, no sprouting staves. Even
  the racial propaganda can be played down except for a disagreeable final
  outburst" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/denis-formans-guide-die-meistersinger

[7]Death In The Pot
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jP1VpO

Deborah Blum | Lapham's Quarterly | 23 June 2011

Brief history of food-poisoning, accidental and intentional. Mushrooms a
  frequent player in both categories. Golden age of poisoners was in the early
  19th century, before doctors discovered how to test for arsenic in the body
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/death-pot

[9]Swing For The Fences
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jJ58cs

David Runciman | LRB | 23 June 2011

Review of "Scorecasting", by Tobias Moskowitz and Jon Wertheim. A
  "Freakonomics" for sports fans. Among the puzzles solved: Why home teams
  have such an advantage. It's not the travel, or the local knowledge. It's
  the refereeing [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/swing-fences

[11]Why Would Anyone Collect Nazi?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ivTsTA

Ben Marks | Collector's Weekly | 23 June 2011

Is it OK to collect Nazi memorabilia? Collector's Weekly used to think not,
  and would delete any such user postings. Now it has changed its mind. It
  reckons you can be interested in the history, without endorsing the ideology
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-would-anyone-collect-nazi

[13]Ball Of Fire
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/jL0VNZ

Jonathan Penner | LA Review of Books | 24 June 2011

Rollicking interview with biographer Jimmy McDonough. On Howard Hughes: "He
  was pushed around by greedy Mormons, flew planes in the nude and wore
  Kleenex boxes on his feet. What’s not to like? The American Dream gone mad"
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ball-fire

[15]The 14 Most Dominant Performances
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/mSK0T0

Joe Posnanski | Sports Illustrated | 24 June 2011

In sport, that is. A great list to chew over. So many good memories. And a
  fabulous, in some ways unexpected, choice as number one. "He is moving like
  a tremendous machine," said the awestruck commentator [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/14-most-dominant-performances

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Van Jones on Change in America
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/van-jones-on-change-america

In  the latest instalment of our series on American progressivism, the
  environmental advocate and human rights activist tells us why the age of
  Obama will really only begin after the president has left office [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/van-jones-on-change-america

Featured Topic

[19]Journalism
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
  world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
  the history of journalism   [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ Germany’s season of angst: why a prosperous nation is turning on
  itself    -   The   Globe   and   Mail   [21]goo.gl/kHVAu   _#browsings_
  _@paulstpancras_ [22]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://goo.gl/kHVAu
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[23]Book of the Day
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/evolution-by-donald-prothero

[24]Evolution by Donald Prothero
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/evolution-by-donald-prothero

Jerry Coyne says: "It is the one book that lays out in great detail some of
  the   strongest   evidence   for   evolution,   which  is  the  fossil
  record"[25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]How To Avoid Getting Hit By A Train
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/how-avoid-getting-hit-train

Nothing to say about this one. Nil. Nada. Just watch it. Doesn't take long
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Helen DeWitt, on Japanese
    Links:
      28. http://www.axiommagazine.jp/2011/06/13/helen-dewitt

"It is hard not to love a language with a wealth of particles"

[29]More quotes
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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