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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]State Of The Union
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yUW8bp

David Remnick | New Yorker | 9 January 2012

Book review that may obviate your need to read Jodi Kantor's "The Obamas".
  Her book serves up a few scoops of ice cream; Remnick gives some historical
  perspective on first couple dynamics. Nixon, predictably, comes out badly
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/state-union

[7]In The Cave: Philosophy And Addiction
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yCWwsb

Peg O’Connor | NYT | 8 January 2012

Philosopher, alcoholic, re-visits Plato's allegory of the cave, to see what
  light it can shed on world of addiction, relapse, recovery. "Those who do
  make it out of the cave and manage never to relapse again are few and far
  between" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cave-philosophy-and-addiction

[9]King Carl Of Canarsie
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/wPLVX1

Geoffrey Gray | New York | 8 January 2012

On the corruption of NY state senator and Brooklyn power broker, Carl
  Kruger. Soon to be sentenced. Strange thing is he still lives in the same
  house, with the same wallpaper. He never used the bribes to enrich himself.
  Here's why [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/king-carl-canarsie

[11]Untangling Rebekah Brooks
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/zLj9lt

Suzanna Andrews | Vanity Fair | 9 January 2012

Full story of how Brooks rose from small town obscurity to head News
  International by age of 41. Became Murdoch's "fantasy daughter" along the
  way. And friends with three prime ministers. Then phone hacking scandal
  broke [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/untangling-rebekah-brooks

[13]The ABR Underground
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/wVf7bj

John Heileman | New York | 6 January 2012

Where ABR stands for Anyone But Romney. Santorum must over-deliver in New
  Hampshire as Romney disappoints. Then win South Carolina. Romney still wins
  eventually, but may be mortally wounded if he hasn't killed off ABR in
  Carolina [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/abr-underground

[15]Japan's Past Perfect
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ywY5hn

Don George | National Geographic | 23 December 2011

Enticing account of a trip to the Japanese island of Shikoku. "The faint
  scent of charcoal from last night’s hearth rides on the air. I feel as if
  I’m in the hermit’s hut in a 17th-century ink-and-brush painting"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/japans-past-perfect

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Anatol Lieven on Understanding Pakistan
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anatol-lieven-on-understanding-pakistan

For all its problems, Pakistan is not a failed state, says the academic and
  writer. He recommends what to read if we’re to grasp the nuances of this
  complex and potentially explosive nation [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anatol-lieven-on-understanding-pakistan

Featured Special Report

[19]Epic Adventures
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from the
  comfort of your armchair [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Reader Recommendations

_@_[21]nuzav Pity   The   Billionaire   —   By   Thomas   Frank  —  Book
  Review: [22]t.co/XlT8njdr [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/books/review/pity-the-billionaire-by-thomas-frank-book-review.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all?src=tp
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/scoop-by-evelyn-waugh

[26]Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/scoop-by-evelyn-waugh

[27]William Boyd says: “I think Scoop is Waugh’s masterpiece. His brilliance
  was as a comic writer, and in Scoop you get the apotheosis” [28]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Truth In Advertising
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/truth-advertising

What life would be like if we all said just what we meant. Oldie but goldie
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Karl Smith, on a paper by Ken Rogoff
    Links:
      31. http://modeledbehavior.com/2012/01/08/rogoff-on-growth

"I can’t help but feel something must have been lost in publication"

[32]More quotes
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      32. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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