Newsletter 547


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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]Torturer's Apprentice
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/z2pHIX

Cullen Murphy | Atlantic | 10 January 2012

Today's torture and interrogation techniques are remarkably similar to those
  of the medieval Inquisition. Except Bush administration's threshold for when
  an act of torture begins is point at which Inquisition said it must stop
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/torturers-apprentice

[7]This Is Generation Flux
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zYYpvK

Robert Safian | Fast Company | 9 January 2012

Outstanding piece on pioneers of chaotic disruption in business. "What
  defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates –
  and even enjoys – recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/generation-flux

[9]Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/wZB8Af

Vinod Khosla | TechCrunch | 10 January 2012

Silicon Valley legend bets on algorithms: "I doubt very much if within 15
  years I won’t be able to ask Siri’s great great grandchild for an opinion
  far more accurate than the one I get today from the average physician."
  Here's why [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/do-we-need-doctors-or-algorithms

[11]Let's Talk About The Market Economy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/xxTXOV

John Kay | John Kay | 11 January 2012

Short, useful lesson in economic history. When we talk about capitalism
  today what we often mean is the market economy. The two are not the same.
  It's no longer about owning the means of production and exchange
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lets-talk-about-market-economy

[13]The Autumn Of Joan Didion
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/w7bm6V

Caitlin Flanagan | Atlantic | 10 January 2012

Lovely essay on life, works of the popular author. "Didion’s genius is that
  she understands what it is to be a girl on the cusp of womanhood, in that
  fragile, fleeting, emotional time that she explored in a way no one else
  ever has" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/autumn-joan-didion

[15]Ricky Gervais Would Like To Non-Apologize
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wT7Nbs

Dave Itzkoff | NYT | 11 January 2012

Smart, funny, belligerent, paranoid. And winningly rude, as at the Golden
  Globes. "He has become the entertainment industry’s favorite irreverent
  person, because he manages to be irreverent in such a deeply reverent way"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ricky-gervais-would-non-apologize

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Peter Boettke on Austrian Economics
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-boettke-on-austrian-economics

The professor of economics discusses the contributions made by the Austrian
  School. He introduces recent books by Austrians, explains what we can learn
  from Mises and Hayek, and argues that economics is the sexiest subject
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-boettke-on-austrian-economics

Featured Special Report

[19]Putin's Russia
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/putins-russia

A  disputed election, protests, accusations of being a mafia state. As
  Vladimir Putin prepares to take back the presidency, what kind of country
  does he lead? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/putins-russia

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k  Simon Johnson: Could Huntsman and the Democrats Ally on Bank
  Reform? | NYT t.co/G1cpcZok #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/toba-tek-singh-by-saadat-hasan-manto

[23]Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/toba-tek-singh-by-saadat-hasan-manto

[24]Anatol Lieven says: “The signature story is a masterpiece of allegory…
  about  a lunatic asylum in India, which after partition ends up on the
  Pakistani side of the border” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anatol-lieven-on-understanding-pakistan
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Wilco, Nick Lowe and Mavis Staples
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/wilco-nick-lowe-and-mavis-staples-rehearse-weight

Rehearsing "The Weight", in Chicago. We're all rooting for someone here
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Alan Bennett, on himself
    Links:
      28. http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/01/10/alan-bennett-on-‘smut’

"I always feel overappreciated but underestimated"

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

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