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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]Delayed Gratification
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/vEkhr6

James Surowiecki | New Yorker | 26 December 2011

On the return of "layaway", or saving in instalments for big-ticket items
  and buying when you've saved enough. Antithesis of, and antidote to credit
  card binge. Not rational perhaps, but works because money to hand is money
  spent [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/delayed-gratification

[7]A History Of Disappointment
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tYEY86

Jackson Lears | London Review Of Books | 29 December 2011

"How did Obama develop his paradoxical combination of fierce ambition and
  persistent timidity?" Hostile assessment of US president says part of the
  answer may lie in his family background and a "genealogy of disappointment"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/history-disappointment

[9]Modernisation, Not Morality, Is The Dirty Word Of Politics
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tU0NlW

Peter Oborne | Telegraph | 28 December 2011

"Modernisation" is little more than set of techniques for securing, keeping
  power. Practitioners included Blair, Mandelson, Cameron. Worked in electoral
  terms; useless at tackling national problems. Looks intellectually bankrupt
  now [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/modernisation-not-morality-dirty-word-politics

[11]How Much Dam Energy Can We Get?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/tWJlIa

Tim Murphy | Do The Math | 20 December 2011

Physicist investigating how we can replace fossil fuels turns attention to
  hydroelectric power. Steady, self-storing, efficient, low-carbon. Better
  than tidal. But a few calculations show it'll never be a big player
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-much-dam-energy-can-we-get

[13]George Steiner: A Certain Idea Of Knowledge
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/vY0cNL

Juliette Cerf | Telerama/Presseurop | 30 December 2011

High-flying interview with literary scholar and polymath. Interesting
  throughout. "Our world is shrinking. Science is becoming inaccessible to us.
  Is it possible to be literate if you do not understand non-linear
  equations?" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/george-steiner-certain-idea-knowledge

[15]Revolutionary Chaos
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/rv5IUV

Sergei Karaganov | Foreign Affairs | 28 December 2011

Harsh, perceptive global view from dean of Russian foreign policy analysts.
  Western democracy follows communism into oblivion. Authoritarianism emerges
  as best form of government. History returns to "customary state of chaos"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/revolutionary-chaos

FiveBooks Interview

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

Does the new year prompt thoughts of spending more time at the gym or on the
  sports field? Concluding our best of FiveBooks series, here are five books
  to inspire sporting (and gambling) endeavour [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sport-best-fivebooks

Featured Special Report

[19]Cooking
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/cooking

If  cooking is your thing, or you want it to be, this is for you. From
  interviews with top chefs to articles that range from the perfect appliance,
  to food for athletes, to what's in your cappuccino, it's all here. Enjoy
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/cooking

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k In Indian Slum, Misery, Work, Politics and Hope | JIM YARDLEY | NYT
  t.co/SpRhprqS #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/all-days-and-nights-by-william-maxwell

[23]All the Days and Nights by William Maxwell
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/all-days-and-nights-by-william-maxwell

[24]Mona Simpson says: “I absolutely love him. He’s one of our great short
  story writers. He’s very delicate, very mid-Western” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mona-simpson-on-family-stories
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Chemical Reactions
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/chemical-reactions

Four minutes of flashing, banging, bubbling and burning. How many can you
  identify? [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Gertrude Stein, on repetition
    Links:
      28. http://bobulate.com/post/14930080224/the-question-of-repetition-is-very-important-it

"There is no such thing as repetition. There is always a slight variation"

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

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