Newsletter 496


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus FiveBooks
  interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]What Is Sony Now?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/tRmP1u

Bryan Gruley & Cliff Edwards | Businessweek | 17 November 2011

“I honestly and truly thought I was going to have a year to remember. And I
  did, but in the wrong way,” confesses Sony CEO Stringer, of 2011.
  Fascinating on what's gone wrong at the electronics giant, and whether
  things can improve [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-sony-now

[7]Haruki Murakami
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/rtQn61

Nathan Heller | Slate | 16 November 2011

I'm working my way through Haruki Murakami's 1,000-page just-released novel,
  IQ84. This is considered his "magnum opus". But the question remains: Is he
  even a good writer? What is the secret to his success? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/haruki-murakami

[9]The Invincible Mrs Thatcher
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/sprzYM

Charles Moore | Vanity Fair | 15 November 2011

Sympathetic biographer reassesses life and career of the Iron Lady. She
  defined an era, never lost a national election (or war), divided the nation
  like no other British prime minister. A partial account, but a good read
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/invincible-mrs-thatcher

[11]Salman Khan: The New Andrew Carnegie?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rqN6ay

Annie Murphy Paul | Time | 16 November 2011

With college education costs going up 10x rate of inflation in past 40 years
  (and 3x faster than healthcare costs) it's time we look for alternatives. Is
  Salman Khan of Khan Academy the new Andrew Carnegie of higher education?
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/salman-khan-new-andrew-carnegie

[13]A Conspiracy Of Hogs: The McRib As Arbitrage
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/she2Om

Willy Staley | The Awl | 8 November 2011

Why is the revolting McDonald's McRib periodically reintroduced, withdrawn
  and reintroduced again? Does it have anything to do with fluctuating pork
  prices? Are they playing a marketing trick on us? And what's it made of,
  anyway? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/conspiracy-hogs-mcrib-arbitrage

[15]Fatima Hatun: A Renegade Woman
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/sABdRG

Eric Dursteler | Berfrois | 18 November 2011

Born Beatrice Michiel, a Christian. Abandoned Venice for Ottoman capital,
  where she joined a harem, converted to Islam. Her epic story illuminates our
  understanding of gender and religious identity in the early modern
  Mediterranean [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fatima-hatun-renegade-woman

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Daniel Hamermesh on Economics is Fun
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun

Yes, really! Have you ever been “sexiled”? Or used game theory, without
  realising it, to get someone to do the dishes? The economics professor
  explains how his discipline creeps into all kinds of unlikely areas [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun

Featured Topic

[19]Syria Revolts
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
  But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Oversimplification & financial crime (Felix Salmon edition) |
  John Hempton [22]t.co/q8k4NHqD #[23]gfc2 #[24]browsings @[25]felixsalmon
  [26]More like this
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      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/q8k4NHqD
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/felixsalmon
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/life-little-known-planet-by-howard-ensign-evans

[28]Life on a Little Known Planet by Howard Ensign Evans
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/life-little-known-planet-by-howard-ensign-evans

[29]May Berenbaum says: “The book is a killer combination. It’s a wonderful
  overview of how insects are important ecologically, scientifically and
  culturally” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Experiments That Hint Of Longer Lives
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/experiments-hint-longer-lives

Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon explains latest scientific research on aging and
  how we might one day extend human life itself
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Andy Borowitz channels Rick Perry
    Links:
      33. http://twitter.com/BorowitzReport/status/137266911309332480

"I would eliminate all the parts of government I can't remember"

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

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