Newsletter 531


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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]How I Became A "Terrorist"
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/uwU10Y

Abdelrahman Al Ahmar | Haaretz | 23 December 2011

"Our homes were raided nightly. We saw our friends, mothers, sisters being
  attacked. We saw no end in sight, just more Israelis about to move into our
  neighbourhood and make our lives hell. So a group of us kids fought back"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-i-became-terrorist

[7]Navigating Love And Autism
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/sHoyWo

Amy Harmon | NYT | 26 December 2011

Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Nothing goes smoothly. Unusual? No.
  Except both suffer from Asperger's syndrome. "Parents always ask, ‘Who would
  like to marry my kid? They’re so weird.’ Another weird person, that’s who"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/navigating-love-and-autism

[9]Snakes And Ladders
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/v8Xha2

Amartya Sen | FT | 24 December 2011

Fine speech on global economy, growth, development: "I cannot hide from this
  audience my belief that a great many countries in the West seem to be doing
  their best to go straight into the mouth of a fairly hefty snake"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/snakes-and-ladders

[11]Dissolution
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/s5hVcZ

Robert Zaretsky | Tablet | 19 December 2011

Historian explains why he gave up lecturing on the Holocaust. It doesn't
  obey logic or theory. You can't draw lessons or analogies from it. "Any
  survivor has more to say than all historians combined about what happened”
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dissolution

[13]Stories
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/sBGhLw

Tyler Cowen | Less Wrong | 17 December 2011

TED talk transcript. We crave simplifying narratives, stereotypes, to help
  us make sense of the world. Sometimes they help us to understand things. But
  they blind us to new facts. If we rely on stories, we cease to learn
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/stories

[15]War No More
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/v3BsKs

Timothy Snyder | Foreign Affairs | 19 December 2011

Historian disputes Steven Pinker's claim that humans are becoming more
  peaceful. Individuals in a well-functioning modern state are less violent
  than in earlier, wilder times. But the state itself can be much more violent
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-no-more

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Best of FiveBooks on Science
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/science-best-fivebooks

We  select five science books from our archives to aid your new year’s
  reading resolutions – from the cosmos to those who discovered its secrets,
  the wonders of evolution to its freak occurrences [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/science-best-fivebooks

Featured Special Report

[19]Václav Havel
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

In memoriam of the playwright and former Czech president, who's died at the
  age of 75 [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

Reader Recommendations

[21]obitmag #[22]longreads #[23]browsings #[24]longformorg My Mother's Last
  Errand:  Award-winning  journalist  Julia  M.  Klein reflects on grief
  [25]t.co/Va2AfoPU [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/obitmag
      22. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longreads
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longformorg
      25. http://ht.ly/8amI1
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/decline-and-fall-roman-empire-by-edward-gibbon

[28]The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/decline-and-fall-roman-empire-by-edward-gibbon

[29]Diarmaid MacCulloch says: “Gibbon’s work is not only a masterpiece of
  18th century prose but it shapes the terms of historical debate now. It is
  also compulsively entertaining” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/diarmaid-macculloch-on-history-christianity
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Goodnight iPad
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/goodnight-ipad

Goodnight Air. Goodnight computers everywhere [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Roger Ebert, on "Armageddon"
    Links:
      33. http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/12/test_in_the_meadow.html

"No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out"

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

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