Newsletter 441


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[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]My Father Was a Communist
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/pGVQyy

Erik Tarloff | Atlantic | 21 September 2011

The son of a Hollywood screenwriter blacklisted in the McCarthy era takes an
  unsentimental look at a time when Americans were investigated and punished
  by their government "solely for what they thought" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-father-was-communist

[7]Libya: The Losers
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/oQVtnO

Max Rodenbeck | NYRB | 22 September 2011

Vignettes of Qaddafi's generals, in Libya, after the revolution. Grumbling,
  stripped of their luxuries, and at the mercy of the triumphant rebels. But
  no news of Qaddafi himself. "He will never stop. He's gotten used to
  killing" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/libya-losers

[9]How Wine Became Metropolitan
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/pZjcIp

Nicola Twilley | Edible Geography | 7 September 2011

A revelation over a glass of Beaujolais at Chez Panisse in Berkeley launches
  architectural theorist David Gissen into a journey of discovery -- both
  oenological and cartographic -- among the winemakers of France [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-wine-became-metropolitan

[11]Particles Break Light-Speed Limit
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/qGY3d1

Geoff Brumfiel | Nature | 23 September 2011

Researchers in Italy claim to have timed neutrinos travelling faster than
  the speed of light. If true, this would invalidate Einstein's special theory
  of relativity. And most of modern physics with it. So we should be sceptical
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/particles-break-light-speed-limit

[13]At Iowa Methodist Hospital My Mother Died from A Strep Infection Of The
Brain
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/mSOcpM

Walter Kirn | Walter Kirn's Permanent Morning | 22 September 2011

A writer's bracingly frank account of his mother's final illness and death,
  with all the messy human details -- and unexpected intimations of
  transcendence -- intact [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/iowa-methodist-hospital-my-mother-died-strep-infection-brain

[15]China 1911: The Birth of China's Tragedy
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/nRbRDy

Jonathan Fenby | History Today | 21 September 2011

Fascinating essay on history of China's 1911 revolution. It brought an end
  to an empire that had lasted since 221 AD. But it did not bring the radical
  change it promised, instead damaging China's prospects for decades to come
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/china-1911-birth-chinas-tragedy

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Kenan Malik on Morality Without God
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god

Religion is often presented as the guardian of moral values. The problem
  with this, says the author and broadcaster, is that it diminishes what it
  means to be human. He draws on Plato and a medieval Arab poet to explain why
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god

Featured Topic

[19]Palestine And The UN
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/palestine-and-un

The Palestinians are seeking enhanced status at the UN in a move aimed at
  advancing their statehood ambitions. How will the process play out and what
  are the implications for Palestinians, and for Israel? Read on to find out
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/palestine-and-un

Reader Recommendations

[21]polit2k RT @[22]edwardnh: The Global Double Dip and the French Bank
  Run [23]t.co/znuqhxNK #[24]in $$ #[25]gfc2 #[26]browsings
  [27]More like this
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      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/edwardnh
      23. http://t.co/znuqhxNK
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#in
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/manhole-covers-by-mimi-melnick-photos-robert-melnick

[29]Manhole Covers by Mimi Melnick (photos by Robert A Melnick)
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/manhole-covers-by-mimi-melnick-photos-robert-melnick

[30]Alexandra Horowitz says: “The Melnicks were some of the first to publish
  images  of metal manhole covers as though they were art” [31]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alexandra-horowitz-on-art-observation
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]What Is Fire?
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/what-fire

Fire explained in another wonderful one minute physics animation
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]William Gibson, on signalling
    Links:
      34. http://www.findings.com/book/B003YL4AGC

"Some very considerable part of the gestural language of public places,
    that had once belonged to cigarettes, now belonged to phones"

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

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