Newsletter 523


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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 Overjustification Effect
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/uMOkbT

Anonymous | You Are Not So Smart | 14 December 2011

Superb essay on money, happiness. "No matter how you turn it, the science
  says once your basic needs are taken care of, money and other rewards don’t
  make you happier." If you think differently, you're deluding yourself.
  Here's why [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/overjustification-effect

[7]Postscript: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/v5RX8k

Christopher Buckley | New Yorker | 16 December 2011

Personal recollections of the brilliant essayist and debater by one of his
  best friends. "Lunch began at 1pm and ended at 11.30pm. At about nine
  o'clock, he said, 'Should we order more _food_?'" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/postscript-christopher-hitchens-1949-2011

[9]How Does The Brain Perceive Art?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/uQHf1z

Jonah Lehrer | Frontal Cortex | 14 December 2011

Recent research throws some light on how the brain makes aesthetic
  judgements, on art or even wine. We presume our appreciation of an object is
  determined by its innate qualities. But in reality there are many more
  factors at play [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-does-brain-perceive-art

[11]Person Of The Year: The Protester
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/roUgoR

Kurt Andersen et al | Time | 14 December 2011

It began in Tunisia in December 2010. "My son set himself on fire for
  dignity," says Mannoubia Bouazizi. If only that frustrated and despairing
  young man, Mohamed Bouazizi, knew what his action had helped inspire
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/person-year-protester

[13]Indie Rock Virtues
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/rTx8oW

Richard Marshall | 3AM Magazine | 12 December 2011

Interview with philosopher Josh Knobe: "I don’t see experimental philosophy
  as a break from philosophical tradition; it’s rather that recent philosophy
  has been untypical of what philosophy has been like for most of its history"
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/indie-rock-virtues

[15]The Secret City
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/u12xwA

Tony Perrottet | Slate | 11 December 2011

Writer blags entry to Vatican’s pornographic bathroom, La Stufetta del
  cardinal Bibbiena. Decorated in 1516 by Raphael with series of erotic
  frescos, including a "randy goat-god Pan leaping from the bushes with a
  monstrous erection" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-city

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Lev Grossman on Fantasy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

We're living through a golden age for fantasy fiction, says the author of
  _The Magicians_. He tells us what makes for a good fantasy novel, and who's
  staking out the future not just of fantasy but of fiction itself [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

Featured Special Report

[19]Christopher Hitchens
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

Remembering the superlative essayist, polemicist and debater [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

Reader Recommendations

_@obitmag #browsings #somethingtoread #longreads_ The Celluloid Coffin: The
  movies’ Top 10 greatest death scenes [21]t.co/Q4Te9DU9[22]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/Q4Te9DU9
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[23]Book of the Day
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/interpreting-french-revolution-by-françois-furet

[24]Interpreting the French Revolution by François Furet
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/interpreting-french-revolution-by-françois-furet

[25]Lynn  Hunt  says: “Furet’s book had a staggering impact on the way
  historians  viewed  the  French Revolution because he was an extremely
  effective polemicist” [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lynn-hunt-on-french-revolution
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[27]Nobel Peace Prize Winner Interview
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/nobel-peace-prize-winner-interview

Tawakkul Karman on Channel 4 News
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[29]Christopher Hitchens, on Jerry Falwell
    Links:
      29. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/16/christopher-hitchens-s-best-zingers-from-sarah-palin-to-barack-obama.html

“If he'd been given an enema, he could have been buried in a matchbox”

[30]More quotes
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      30. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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