Newsletter 514


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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]Trial Of The Will
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/vARPQg

Christopher Hitchens | Vanity Fair | 7 December 2011

Powerful piece of writing on dealing with disease, pain, death. From one of
  the great essayists. Does “whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” hold
  true? Not when the very medicine that sustains you, weakens you [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trial-will

[7]Aboard Air France 447
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/uWfm3a

Jeff Wise | Popular Mechanics | 6 December 2011

Black box recordings retell events aboard Air France Airbus that crashed in
  2009 killing 228. Gripping, if worrying, read. Confused co-pilot flew into a
  severe thunderstorm, tried to climb above it, stalled the plane [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/aboard-air-france-447

[9]How To Become An American
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/uNq0ay

Charles Pierce | Sports Illustrated | 6 December 2011

Hmong community from Laos fought for America in Vietnam. Some survivors were
  later accepted as immigrants. Now their children are making a mark as high
  school footballers. A touching, bittersweet tale from rural Arkansas
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-become-american

[11]Callista Gingrich, The Ultimate Running Mate
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/v2jNlm

Kristina Cooke & Marcus Stern | Reuters | 7 December 2011

Newt Gingrich is the latest Not-Romney figure embraced by Republicans. Once
  derided for hypocrisy of his affairs, he's now loving husband to his third
  wife. But who is she, and how do they manage their relationship and
  finances? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/callista-gingrich-ultimate-running-mate

[13]How Doctors Die
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/ucKR4W

Ken Murray | Zocalo | 4 December 2011

"What’s unusual is not how much treatment they get compared to most
  Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the
  deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death
  themselves" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-doctors-die

[15]Derek Boogaard: A Boy Learns To Brawl
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/s4QdeI

John Branch | NYT | 3 December 2011

First of gripping three-parter on life and death of Derek Boogaard, pro
  (ice) hockey player. Born 1982, western Canada. Awkward, big child. Groomed
  for violence from a young age. Being the "enforcer" was a way of making the
  team [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/derek-boogaard-boy-learns-brawl

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Mike Dash on Hidden History
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mike-dash-on-hidden-history

The best stories from history lie beyond the margins of textbooks, says the
  historian. He tells us about five extraordinary tales from the past, from
  visions  of the Virgin Mary to the golden age of American con artistry
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mike-dash-on-hidden-history

Featured Special Report

[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]smiler29 The Economist responds to The Guardian's interview of 270
  summer rioters [22]#browsings [23]t.co/AYyL7eeP  [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/smiler29
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2011/12/summer-riots-england?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/hearingfromenglandssummerrioters
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/becoming-justice-blackmun-by-linda-greenhouse

[26]Becoming Justice Blackmun by Linda Greenhouse
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/becoming-justice-blackmun-by-linda-greenhouse

[27]Dahlia Lithwick says: “This book tells us a lot about the court today.
  Blackmun most famously was the author of Roe v Wade” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dahlia-lithwick-on-us-supreme-court-justices
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Flight Assembled Architecture
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/flight-assembled-architecture

Flying robots build a tower (becomes clear 40 secs in). How long before
  construction workers have no jobs?
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]John Hodgman, on parenting
    Links:
      31. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200701/apologia-my-second-child?page=2

The  only  child,  in  a  family  without want, is the apex of Western
  civilization
  [32]More quotes
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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