Newsletter 532


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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 Big Lie
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/tfYeSk

Michael Thomas | Newsweek | 26 December 2011

Wall St has fallen back on a lie as old as capitalism itself. "This time,
  however, I don’t think the argument that 'Washington ate my homework' is
  going to work. This time, a firestorm is going to explode about the
  Street’s head" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/big-lie

[7]The Case For Enhancing People
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/sRHVXi

Ronald Bailey | New Atlantis | 20 December 2011

Fascinating essay defends use of biotech, nanotech to enhance human
  capabilities - physical, intellectual, emotional. "People who don’t want
  enhancement for themselves should allow those of us who do to go forward
  without hindrance" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/case-enhancing-people

[9]The Endless Obsession With What Might Be
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/vaZIbu

John Gray | BBC | 26 December 2011

In Europe, we think of political, economic stability as the norm. But it's
  not the norm, it's the exception. So what will it mean to live through a
  period of discontinuity? Interesting essay that even avoids a dispiriting
  conclusion [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/endless-obsession-what-might-be

[11]A Young Woman Struggles With Oxy Addiction
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/u5FucC

Lane DeGregory | Tampa Bay Times | 16 December 2011

Powerful story of prescription drug addiction. "Stacy wanted what a lot of
  addicts want: To get clean, but also to get high. To have her kids back, but
  also to have no responsibility. She wanted to feel better and to feel
  nothing" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/young-woman-struggles-oxy-addiction

[13]"Cities Are Making Us More Human"
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/rUZdY7

Lars Mensel | European | 20 December 2011

Conversation with Edward Glaeser on urban societies. "The most important
  thing cities do today is to allow the creation of new ideas. Chains of
  collaborative brilliance have always been responsible for human kind’s
  greatest hits" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cities-are-making-us-more-human

[15]Test Of Time
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/uaylU9

Wright Thompson | ESPN | 25 December 2011

American sportswriter travels to England and the home of cricket, Lord's, to
  consider quintessential form of the international game – the five-day Test
  match. Superbly enjoyable piece for fans and novices alike [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/test-time

FiveBooks Interview

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

Puzzled by Plato? Depressed by Nietzsche? Wondering what it all means,
  anyway? We pick five philosophy books from our archive to help you tackle
  the big questions of morality, suffering and meaning in time for the new
  year [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philosophy-best-fivebooks

Featured Special Report

[19]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but is
  middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

[21]Asklerando RT @[22]hrwaldram: Why Berlin is poised to be Europe’s new
  tech hub [23]t.co/w3eSOpqM via @[24]MrsBunz #[25]goodreads [26]#browsings
  [27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/Asklerando
      22. http://twitter.com/hrwaldram
      23. http://gigaom.com/2011/12/27/why-berlin-is-poised-to-be-europes-new-tech-hub
      24. http://twitter.com/MrsBunz
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#goodreads
      26. https://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/all-devils-are-here-by-bethany-mclean-and-joe-nocera

[29]All The Devils Are Here by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/all-devils-are-here-by-bethany-mclean-and-joe-nocera

[30]John Gapper says: “They tie everything in the financial crisis together,
  from  the  central  banks at the top of the chain down to the subprime
  borrowers at the bottom” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/julianne-moore-sarah-palin

Meryl Streep was persuasive as Margaret Thatcher. But Julianne Moore comes
  straight out of uncanny valley [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Nicholson Baker, on life
    Links:
      34. http://www.amazon.com/Anthologist-Novel-Nicholson-Baker/dp/1416572449

"Spending your life concentrating on death is like watching a whole movie
    and thinking only about the credits"

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

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