Newsletter 499


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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]The Left-Behinds
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/uF8fvu

Michael Hirsh | National Journal | 21 November 2011

Today America struggles with record numbers of long-term unemployed and a
  dwindling middle class. But this isn't a sudden effect of the financial
  crisis – it's the result of three decades of short-sighted economic policy.
  Here's why [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/left-behinds

[7]The News Forecast
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/rFfPDX

Tom Cheshire | Wired UK | 10 November 2011

Recorded Future's first investors were Google and the CIA. Their aim? To
  make the future calculable, from politics to finance. No foreign policy
  experts or traders, just statisticians and algorithms. Is this the future of
  big data? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/news-forecast

[9]Why Our Brains Make Us Laugh
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/v5UOSv

Chris Berdik | Boston Globe | 20 November 2011

Simple problem, long unanswered. But now three researchers, including
  philosopher Daniel Dennett, have a theory: "A sense of humour is the lure
  that keeps our brains alert for the gaps between our quick-fire assumptions
  and reality" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-our-brains-make-us-laugh

[11]John Steinbeck's Bitter Fruit
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/td7SFn

Melvyn Bragg | Guardian | 21 November 2011

On the legacy of "Grapes of Wrath" author. "Once again, the protests have
  started up, as Americans scan their continent for work. As in the 1930s,
  there is a powerful feeling that the promised land promises nothing, not
  even hope" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/john-steinbecks-bitter-fruit

[13]How China Can Defeat America
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/sdJ8N4

Yan Xuetong | IHT | 20 November 2011

China wants world leadership. So does America. Zero-sum game will be decided
  by economic and diplomatic conflict, more than war. To win, China must show
  superior moral power, reviving ancient notion of "humane authority"
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-china-can-defeat-america

[15]An Incredible Offer—But Wait, There’s More
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/tPN5Tx

Anonymous | Farnam Street | 21 November 2011

Secrets of late-night TV infomercials. They're on late, because that's when
  defences are weakest. Bundling items with free offers, bonuses and rewards
  blurs any sense of price. Always say "when you call", not "if you call"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/incredible-offer—-wait-there’s-more

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Adam Roberts on Science Fiction Classics
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/adam-roberts-on-science-fiction-classics

The best sci-fi explores humanity’s anxieties and concerns and is in some
  sense about the future. But it doesn’t try to predict what’s to come. The
  literature professor and sci-fi writer recommends five classics of the genre
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/adam-roberts-on-science-fiction-classics

Featured Topic

[19]Epic Adventures
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from the
  comfort of your armchair [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Reader Recommendations

_@_[21]polit2k Boring,   Cruel   Euro   Romantics   |   Paul  Krugman  |
  NYT [22]t.co/rE8lcgl1 #[23]gfc2 [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/opinion/boring-cruel-euro-romantics.html?_r=1&src=tp
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/garden-finzi-continis-by-giorgio-bassani

[27]The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/garden-finzi-continis-by-giorgio-bassani

[28]Tim Parks says: “It’s about a desire to possess the whole world in your
  house and garden and to control it all without having to be exposed to the
  outside world”[29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-parks-on-italian-fiction
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]All Japan Micromouse Content
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/all-japan-micromouse-content

The exploration round. See how quickly it gets back, once it has the maze
  mapped [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Martin Amis, on Don DeLillo
    Links:
      32. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2011/11/21/111121crbo_books_amis

"When we say that we love a writer’s work, we are always stretching the
    truth: what we really mean is that we love about half of it"

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

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