Newsletter 528


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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]On Being The Right Size
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/vfxoiJ

J.B.S. Haldane | Farnham Street | 20 December 2011

Republished, and still well worth a read. "For every type of animal there is
  an optimum size. The same is true for every human institution. The English
  invention of representative government made a democratic nation possible"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/being-right-size

[7]Opening A Bar In Baghdad
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/vEew14

Joshua Bearman | Atlantic | 20 December 2011

James, a British ex-paratrooper, opened the Baghdad Country Club in 2006. It
  was inside the Green Zone, so local security wasn't too bad. But you needed
  strong nerves for the morning drive through Sadr City to pick up beer
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/opening-bar-baghdad

[9]Chuck Berry Goddamn!
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/vtlfzu

Luke Dittrich | Esquire | 20 December 2011

Still performing aged 85. "Watching Chuck Berry play here is a little like
  watching Einstein, if Einstein had decided to spend his last years in a
  makeshift replica of his old patent office, retranscribing the theories of
  his youth" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chuck-berry-goddamn

[11]Smoke Screening
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/utlIkj

Charles Mann | Vanity Fair | 20 December 2011

Writer tests out US airport security. With a bit of help from expert Bruce
  Schneier. And a fake boarding pass. The verdict? Damning: "Not only is it
  not done right, but even if it was done right it would be the wrong thing to
  do" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/smoke-screening

[13]The Plague
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/suzIPX

David Shulman | Boston Review | 19 December 2011

Israeli activists try to stop settlers driving Palestinians out of South
  Hebron village. "Its inhabitants include scattered chickens, sheep, a
  donkey, camels. No electricity, no running water, no phones, no money, no
  hope" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/plague

[15]Leiter Reports
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/sbASDJ

Richard Marshall | 3AM Magazine | 19 December 2011

Terrific, wide-ranging interview with Brian Leiter, philosopher and
  left-leaning public intellectual. "The idea that Marxism should be reduced
  to moralistic sermons is, well, depressing, an admission of intellectual
  defeat" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/leiter-reports

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Mona Simpson on Family Stories
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mona-simpson-on-family-stories

Family dynamics are changing dramatically in our modern, workaholic age. The
  novelist – and sister of Steve Jobs, separated at birth – selects five works
  of fiction that illustrate some truths about families in all their variety
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mona-simpson-on-family-stories

Featured Special Report

[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]polit2k RT @[22]Alea_: 'The Euro-Zone Bailout Programs Must Be Stopped'
  [23]t.co/M9QbSVTr #[24]eurocrisis #[25]gfc2 #[26]gd2 [27]#browsings [28]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/Alea_
      23. http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,804700,00.html
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#eurocrisis
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gd2
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/deathsong-river-by-su-xiaokang-and-wang-luxiang

[30]Deathsong of the River by Su Xiaokang and Wang Luxiang
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/deathsong-river-by-su-xiaokang-and-wang-luxiang

[31]Rana Mitter says: “It’s the script for what one might say was the most
  important  television programme that has ever been broadcast in China”
  [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Seconds Of Beauty
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/seconds-beauty

Compilation  of entries for The Beauty Of A Second short film contest.
  Absolutely breathtaking
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Highdeas, on film
    Links:
      35. http://highdeas.com

"If you watch 'Jaws' backwards, it's a movie about a shark that keeps
    throwing up people until they have to open a beach"

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

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