Newsletter 498


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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]When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/w3jlSb

David Frum | New York | 20 November 2011

A disillusioned Republican writes. "In the face of dwindling upward mobility
  and stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem
  to have shrunk to just one: More tax cuts for the very highest earners"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-did-gop-lose-touch-reality

[7]The Mystery Of The Five Wounds
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/rNltwD

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 18 November 2011

Investigating the phenomenon of stigmata. First case described was Francis
  of Assisi in 1224. Several hundred since. Mostly in Catholic Europe; mostly
  women. Some stigmatics admitted self-harm. But fraud doesn't explain all
  cases [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mystery-five-wounds

[9]Pre-Occupied
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/toL7pA

Mattathias Schwartz | New Yorker | 21 November 2011

Creator of Occupy Wall Street is a 69-year-old who lives on a farm outside
  Vancouver. Born in Estonia; grew up in Australia where he designed computer
  war games for the military. Principal collaborator hasn't seen him for four
  years [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/pre-occupied

[11]Afghanistan: What Anthropologists Say
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rNf2LK

Alexander Star | NYT | 18 November 2011

American Anthropological Association refused to help US Army when its
  expertise might have been useful. Now anthropologists decry America's
  failure to understand Afghan society. More from one of history's stupidest
  wars [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/afghanistan-what-anthropologists-say

[13]Are Zygotes People?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/rMcdtS

Mike LaBossiere | Talking Philosophy | 18 November 2011

Conservatives say human life begins at conception. Have they thought through
  the practical problems? We'd need death certificates for miscarriages.
  Deductions for unborn dependents. Freeze enough embryos and you'd pay no tax
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-zygotes-people

[15]When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/tw34N3

Jonathan Chait | New York | 20 November 2011

Companion piece to Frum article. Obama compromise has alternated with Obama
  failure, say liberals. For those despairing of the president who didn't
  bring change they could believe in, Chait provides some historical
  perspective [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-did-liberals-become-so-unreasonable

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Tim Parks on Italian Fiction
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-parks-on-italian-fiction

The author, who’s lived in Italy for 30 years, takes us off the beaten track
  through humour, satire and social history to recommend five richly rewarding
  works of Italian fiction [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-parks-on-italian-fiction

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]damienjoyce  'In  an  iTunes  age,  do  we need the record store'?
  [22]t.co/YlTpPCIN  @[23]Salon asks if it is too late to save the model
  [24]#browsings [25]#Longreads [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/#!/damienjoyce
      22. http://www.salon.com/2011/11/20/in_an_itunes_age_do_we_need_the_record_store
      23. http://twitter.com/Salon
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Longreads
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/little-novels-sicily-by-giovanni-verga-translated-dh-lawrence

[28]Little Novels of Sicily by Giovanni Verga (translated by DH Lawrence)
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/little-novels-sicily-by-giovanni-verga-translated-dh-lawrence

[29]Tim Parks says: "Verga wrote a brilliant range of stories which show how
  this traditional Catholic community is a terrifying trap, always ready to
  destroy individuals" [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-parks-on-italian-fiction
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]The Grandfather Paradox
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/grandfather-paradox

From a series of animated thought experiments, by the Open University.
  Collect them all! [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]John Kay, on obfuscation
    Links:
      33. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/71832f72-2e45-11e0-8733-00144feabdc0.html

"When someone tells you something is too complex for you to understand,
    the usual reason is that they do not really understand it themselves"

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

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