Newsletter 534


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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 End Of Putin
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/uZ8BF5

Julia Ioffe | Foreign Policy | 28 December 2011

Interview with Alexey Navalny, anti-corruption activist, blogger, leading
  light in anti-Putin protests. "You can't change this system from within. Its
  founding principles are corruption, hypocrisy, and cynicism" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/end-putin

[7]The Fat Trap
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tXf3jG

Tara Parker-Pope | NYT | 28 December 2011

Turns out dieting might have a more complex long-term effect on our bodies
  than previously understood. New research suggests an unpalatable truth:
  "Once we become fat, most of us, despite our best efforts, will probably
  stay fat" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fat-trap

[9]Forgetting Is Key To A Healthy Mind
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tkz4jX

Ingrid Wickelgren | Scientific American | 23 December 2011

"The act of forgetting crafts and hones data in the brain as if carving a
  statue from a block of marble." It's a skill that shapes our very
  personalities. But we all vary in our ability to forget, for some it does
  not come easily [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/forgetting-key-healthy-mind

[11]PG Wodehouse, The Writing-Machine With A Tragic Twist
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/sOFPEV

A. N. Wilson | TLS | 29 December 2011

Review of new anthology of Wodehouse's private correspondence sheds light on
  character, life of the literary genius. "It is not often that a collection
  of letters has a plot, but this volume has a real, and gripping story"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/p-g-wodehouse-writing-machine-tragic-twist

[13]North Korean Defectors
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/tAfouY

Iris Chung | Matador Network | 19 December 2011

Powerful stories from those who fled N Korea to escape the tyranny of Kim
  Jong-il. And the horrors they faced, if repatriated. "There are certain
  things I saw them do to women that I can’t even talk about because it's too
  shameful" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/north-korean-defectors

[15]Egyptian Army Officer's Diary
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/u7j6Fn

Jack Shenker | Guardian | 28 December 2011

Interesting insight into life as mid-ranking officer in Egyptian army.
  Senior officers out of touch, obsessed with Israel; juniors paid regular
  bonuses in attempt to retain their loyalty. Institutional malaise obvious
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/egyptian-army-officers-diary-military-life-revolution

FiveBooks Interview

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

From rafting down the Nile to the first voyage to the Antarctic, we select
  five travel books from our archive that will give you the wanderlust for
  2012 [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/travel-best-fivebooks

Featured Special Report

[19]Sex
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sex

Call girls, bondage, pornography, naked yoga, adultery and the science of
  sperm; it's all here but maybe NSFW [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sex

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k  History  of the Euro Crisis, 6 Parts | Charles Forelle | WSJ
  t.co/LneuMkPV #eurocrisis #gfc2 #browsings [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Book of the Day
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/lion-witch-and-wardrobe-by-cs-lewis

[23]The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/lion-witch-and-wardrobe-by-cs-lewis

[24]Lev Grossman says: “I don’t think Lewis gets enough credit for his craft
  as  a writer. The books are deceptively simple, one precisely observed
  sensory detail after another” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Leila
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/leila

Public service announcement in the spirit of M Night Shyamalan [27]More
  videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Jonah Lehrer, on causality
    Links:
      28. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2011/12/the-challenge-of-causation

"A cause is not a fact. It’s a fiction that helps us make sense of facts"

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

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