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

[5]Has America Become an Oligarchy?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/rObVTu

Thomas Schulz | Spiegel | 28 October 2011

"Economists and political scientists believe the US has entered a new Gilded
  Age, a period of systematic inequality dominated by a new class of
  super-rich." Fine essay looks at the state of US society, politics and the
  economy [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/has-america-become-oligarchy

[7]Thoughts On Steve Jobs, The Book
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/sfOWR1

Steven Berlin Johnson | Steven Berlin Johnson | 28 October 2011

If you haven't read the biography, here's the cheat-sheet. It's a worthy
  memorial. Lucky Isaacson was there to write it. Apple boss an egomaniac, but
  saw need for collaborators: "Another John Lennon, always looking for
  McCartneys" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/thoughts-steve-jobs-book

[9]The Movie Set That Ate Itself
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tlh7nM

Michael Idov | GQ | 27 October 2011

Unmissable story of a most bizarre film project. A cast of thousands. Many
  living full-time in a nightmare vision of 1950's Moscow. A totalitarian
  society, under the control of a deranged director. Where the cameras are
  always on [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/movie-set-ate-itself

[11]The Joyful Side Of Translation
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/unoayf

Adam Thirlwell | NYT | 28 October 2011

Review of "dazzlingly inventive" book by David Bellos, translator of Kadare,
  Perec. Problems of translation overstated. Often no one-to-one equivalence
  of words across languages. But usage is what matters. That translates
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/joyful-side-translation

[13]Alaska’s Billion Dollar Mountain
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/tCCxhY

Daniel Grushkin | Businessweek | 27 October 2011

How Jim McKenzie acquired the mining rights to a mountain of rare earths
  worth billions. "I didn’t think I’d get into the minerals business. It looks
  like I orchestrated this brilliant move, right? But it’s just inadvertent
  luck” [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/alaska’s-billion-dollar-mountain

[15]Is Self-Knowledge Overrated?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/spu2lC

Jonah Lehrer | New Yorker | 25 October 2011

Lehrer reviews new title by influential psychologist Daniel Kahneman:
  "Although we’d always seen ourselves as rational creatures, it turns out
  human reason is rather feeble, easily overwhelmed by ancient instincts and
  lazy biases" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/self-knowledge-overrated

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Mark Thoma on Econometrics
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-thoma-on-econometrics

It’s a discipline popular with the Nobel prize committee and mysterious to
  most of the rest of us. So we asked an econometrician to explain what he
  does, and why there’s such a battle of ideas (and models) in economics
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-thoma-on-econometrics

Featured Topic

[19]Euro On The Brink
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

What's going wrong with the euro? Can the problem be contained? If so, how?
  And what if it isn't? Read on to find out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k RT @[22]cate_long: FT's Martin Wolf: The big questions raised
  by anti-capitalist protests  [23]t.co/YpG9bXma #[24]gfc2  #[25]browsings
  [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/cate_long
      23. http://t.co/YpG9bXma
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/first-human-by-ann-gibbons

[28]The First Human by Ann Gibbons
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/first-human-by-ann-gibbons

[29]Tim White says: Ann is the correspondent for Science magazine who covers
  this  field,  so  she  is  extremely knowledgeable and very much up to
  date.[30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-white-on-prehistoric-man
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]TEDx In A Box
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/tedx-box

[32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Tom Stafford, on Twitter
    Links:
      33. http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=23&editionID=192&ArticleID=1722

Twitter is like having a little part of you that's always down the pub

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

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