Newsletter 517


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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]Ghost Ship
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/vSAqz6

Paul Collins | Slate | 6 December 2011

In 1872 the entire crew of the Mary Celeste disappeared without a trace. And
  then the story gets weird. Collins delves into one of history's most
  fascinating maritime mysteries [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ghost-ship

[7]Disaster Can Wait
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/sRw7fO

Barry Eichengreen | Project Syndicate | 9 December 2011

Here's a prediction: "2012 will not be a year of crisis, but nor will it
  bring an end to our economic troubles. Rather, it will be a year of muddling
  through." European recession is "baked in" but euro survival won't be
  resolved [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/disaster-can-wait

[9]Shamanism And The City
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/sfzNpv

Marisa Meltzer | Good | 22 November 2011

Many cultures have used psychedelic substances in spiritual rituals for
  centuries, but now you don't have to venture to far-flung regions for the
  experience. Here, a young reporter ventures into the "Wild West of
  consciousness" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/shamanism-and-city

[11]Interview With Joshua Cohen
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rzXzJ1

Martin Eiermann | European | 8 December 2011

Stanford professor, editor of Boston Review, talks political philosophy.
  Rising inequality undermines the unity, and thus the durability of the
  American state. Which was founded on the proposition that people are created
  equal [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/interview-joshua-cohen

[13]I Just Want To Go On A Walk
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/spy4lH

AV Flox | BlogHer | 2 December 2011

What it's like to be a young woman in the city who just wants to go on a
  walk undisturbed. "I no longer see compliments as nice, spontaneous
  gestures, I see only the strings attached" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-just-want-go-walk

[15]Now That Books Mean Nothing
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/tQCFnA

Nell Boeschenstein | Morning News | 8 December 2011

Recuperating after major surgery, writer is surrounded by books but finds
  reading is last thing she wants to do. "It’s not easy to tell people who
  love you and who are trying to help you that what they are doing is not
  helping" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/now-books-mean-nothing

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Michael Dirda on Sherlock Holmes
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-dirda-on-sherlock-holmes

Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels starring his fictional
  sleuth. So where to start? The writer and lifelong Sherlockian gives us his
  personal choice of the best, and tells us more about their creator [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-dirda-on-sherlock-holmes

Featured Special Report

[19]Russia and the FSU
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/russia-and-fsu

From the war in Chechnya to the murky depths of the KGB archive. Everything
  you need to know (well, nearly everything) about Russia's past and present
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/russia-and-fsu

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k: FT Women of 2011 in @[22]FTWeekendMag, including Gillian Tett
  interview with #[23]IMF chief Christine
  @[24]Lagarde [25]t.co/TLXhZBIT #[26]browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/FTWeekendMag
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#IMF
      24. http://twitter.com/Lagarde
      25. http://t.co/TLXhZBIT
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-con-by-david-w-maurer

[29]The Big Con by David W Maurer
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-con-by-david-w-maurer

[30]Mike Dash says: “Maurer found out the story of “the big cons”. This is
  when you stay with somebody for weeks or months and take off with their
  entire life savings” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mike-dash-on-hidden-history
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Why Is This Man Smiling?
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/why-man-smiling

Romney PAC takes aim at Gingrich. Republicanism is a broad but fissile
  church [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Paul Kedrosky, on the Bible
    Links:
      34. http://twitter.com/pkedrosky/status/144967723821187072

"Leviticus is best understood as Judge Judy for desert tribes"

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

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