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[5]The 30-Foot Jump
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ooATPK

Joe Posnanski | Sports Illustrated | 2 August 2011

Mike Powell's long jump world record has stood for very nearly 20 years. And
  no one around today has got remotely close to it. "But what if I tell you
  that the longest jump in the history of the world was NOT Mike Powell’s"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/30-foot-jump

[7]Apple's Money
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/qclgv9

Robert Cringely | I, Cringely | 1 August 2011

Steve Jobs started hoarding cash as an insurance policy against errors. He
  didn't make any, but the cash kept on mounting. Now Apple has $75bn—giving
  it huge market power over suppliers. It always gets served first, and
  cheapest [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/apples-money

[9]The Teacher Who Encouraged Me To Write
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/qoCO1H

Dave Eggers | Salon | 1 August 2011

"Sure hope you become a writer." From those six plain words, written by his
  teacher at the bottom of a high school paper, Eggers drew strength and
  inspiration. "It was as if he'd ripped off the ceiling and shown me the sky"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/teacher-who-encouraged-me-write

[11]Death And Next Life Of Maynard Keynes
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/q7rWEG

James Galbraith | FDL | 1 August 2011

Smart, waspish speech praising Keynesian economists vindicated by financial
  crash. "These days you can get a respectful mention of Minsky even from
  someone like Larry Summers, if not any sign that he has actually read him"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/death-and-next-life-maynard-keynes

[13]Inside North Korea
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/qhmYSe

David Guttenfelder | Atlantic | 2 August 2011

AP photographer gets glimpse of a closed society; 37 of his photographs
  shown here. Opens with a beautifully composed shot of grim-looking Pyongyang
  buildings. Multi-lane highway outside the capital is empty of vehicles
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-north-korea

[15]Does Philosophy Matter?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/r6k9gN

Stanley Fish | NYT | 1 August 2011

Arguably not. Writer proposes that debate over moral absolutism versus moral
  relativism is fundamentally important only within academic world of
  philosophy. For people making everyday decisions it is an irrelevance.
  Discuss [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-philosophy-matter

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Robert Baer on Being a Spy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-baer-on-being-spy

The former CIA operative lifts the lid on the reality of spying. He says the
  intelligence service knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
  before the war, but politicians and reporters didn’t listen [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-baer-on-being-spy

Featured Topic

[19]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Reader Recommendations

@[21]TomasRuta A NYC film location scout on what remains from the world of
  American Psycho [22]t.co/Da0pgn9 [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/TomasRuta
      22. http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=4259
      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/arabian-nights-tales-thousand-and-one-nights-by-richard-burton

[26]The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Richard Burton
(translator)
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/arabian-nights-tales-thousand-and-one-nights-by-richard-burton

[27]Andrei Codrescu says: “Burton's extraordinary footnotes are a book on
  their  own, and his translation, hard-going at first, takes English to
  amazing heights” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Lucian Freud's Standing by the Rags
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/lucian-freuds-standing-rags

Adrian Searle assesses the great painter's legacy
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Brian Eno, on abstract art
    Links:
      31. http://www.believermag.com/issues/201107/?read=interview_eno_mitchell

"Although lots of people find abstract painting difficult to deal with,
    they are very happy to listen to music, a much more abstract form of art"

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

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