Newsletter 378


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[5]The War For Catch-22
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/oLfyaW

Tracy Daugherty | Vanity Fair | 21 June 2011

On the complex genesis of great anti-war book. Started off as Catch-18.
  Proof sent to Evelyn Waugh, who replied: "I am sorry that the book
  fascinates you so much. It has many passages quite unsuitable to a lady’s
  reading" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-catch-22

[7]How Khan Academy Is Changing The Rules Of Education
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/oKfkgZ

Clive Thompson | Wired | 15 July 2011

Story of education website that offers free video tutorials tailored to
  students of differing abilities. “We’ve always known that one-on-one is the
  best way to learn, but we’ve never been able to figure out how to do it"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-khan-academy-changing-rules-education

[9]Realpolitik In A Fantasy World
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/oDj703

Alyssa Rosenberg | Foreign Policy | 18 July 2011

George RR Martin's "Ice and Fire" fantasy novels incorporate a highly
  sophisticated understanding of real-world foreign policy, albeit with
  admixtures of magic and zombies. The underlying theme is sovereignty: Who
  rules, and why [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/realpolitik-fantasy-world

[11]In Egypt, Fighting For A $50-A-Month Factory Job
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/o9RngK

Tarek El-Tablawy & Marjorie Olster | JD News/AP | 17 July 2011

Factory workers block road to protest over unpaid wages. The result? "'Run
  them over. The blood money for each one is 50 pounds ($8).' The engine
  revved, once, then a second time. On the third time, the truck lurched
  forward" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/egypt-fighting-50-month-factory-job

[13]America’s First Great Global Warming Debate
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pLRLCv

Joshua Kendall | Smithsonian | 15 July 2011

Arguing about global warming is no new fad. Webster, of dictionary fame,
  debated the issue with Jefferson back in 1799. A time when Pliny and Horace
  provided "the data to ascertain the ancient climate of Italy with great
  precision” [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/america’s-first-great-global-warming-debate

[15]Star-Crossed
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/pSXIOR

James Boxell | FT | 15 July 2011

Michelin red guides can add 30% to starred restaurants' takings. In business
  since 1900. Enormous accumulated prestige. But they also lose lots of money.
  Can the parent company make them pay, without degrading the brand?
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/star-crossed

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Sean Carroll on Cosmology
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sean-carroll-on-cosmology

The theoretical cosmologist discusses five books about space, time and the
  universe that even the science-shy can understand and enjoy [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sean-carroll-on-cosmology

Featured Topic

[19]American Progressivism
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/american-progressivism-0

In  the  coming  weeks, we’re interviewing 10 politicians, economists,
  historians and journalists with the aim of understanding what it means to be
  a progressive, or a liberal, in today’s America. The first interviews are
  below. We’ll be adding a new interview each Sunday, so do come back to see
  how the series develops. Series co-edited by Neera Tanden, chief operating
  officer, Center for American Progress [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/american-progressivism-0

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Behind Rupert and James Murdoch's gloss, an intensely serious
  defence | Media | The Guardian - [22]goo.gl/5zm3l [23]#browsings [24]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/19/rupert-james-murdoch-gloss-defence?INTCMP=SRCH
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/art-and-science-wine-by-james-halliday-and-hugh-johnson

[26]The Art and Science of Wine by James Halliday and Hugh Johnson
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/art-and-science-wine-by-james-halliday-and-hugh-johnson

[27]Randall Grahm says: "There are other winemaking books, but if you have
  one wine book on a desert island this would probably be the one that you
  want or need" [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/randall-grahm-on-wine
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Running On Empty (Revisited)
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/running-empty-revised

How  would Los Angeles look without cars? Well, to judge from this, it
  depends on what you think about empty roads [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Stephen Toulmin's Law of Reading
    Links:
      31. http://zunguzungu.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/sunday-reading-12

"The effort the writer does not put into writing, the reader has to put
    into reading"

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

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