Newsletter 549


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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 Perils Of 2012
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xOT7sn

Joseph Stiglitz | Project Syndicate | 12 January 2012

Asian economies are showing pragmatic commitment to growth. By contrast,
  West's mix of ideology and vested interests almost looks like a commitment
  _not_ to grow. Expect more global economic rebalancing. And political tension
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/perils-2012

[7]Can A Scientist Define “Life”?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/A29hrf

Carl Zimmer | Txnologist | 10 January 2012

Hang on a minute, I hear you say. If scientists are working to create,
  locate, even manipulate life, surely they must be able to define it? Well,
  it's not so simple. As Zimmer shows, there's no agreement as to what life
  actually is [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-scientist-define-“life”

[9]My Mesopotamian Getaway
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zTeCeJ

Emma Sky | Foreign Policy | 13 January 2012

Nice mix of travelogue and political analysis as Sky returns to country she
  worked in as adviser to US army. A rounder picture of Iraq than one usually
  gets, with some cause for optimism. But fears loom over PM's power play
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-mesopotamian-getaway

[11]What Remains
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/x9DuFf

Max Rivlin-Nadler | The Awl | 11 January 2012

Writer visits National Funeral Directors Conference. Finds industry in
  turmoil. Cremation numbers up, burials down, demand for religious ceremonies
  falling. What value-added services do people really want? Can Disney provide
  clues? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-remains

[13]The Story Of The Self
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/wDWYDq

Charles Fernyhough | Guardian | 13 January 2012

Interesting look at what we know about memory, quirks and all. "Similar
  neural systems seem to underpin past-related and future-related thinking.
  Memory is endlessly creative, and at one level it functions just as
  imagination does" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/story-self

[15]When Barbara Jean Was Missing
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wJTV66

Rebecca O'Connor | Rumpus | 13 January 2012

Writer goes in search of family history and the grandmother she never knew,
  who committed suicide. "We had always talked like Barbara Jean had made her
  choice. Now I wonder how many choices were made for her" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-barbara-jean-was-missing

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Henry Hitchings on Language
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/henry-hitchings-on-language

The wordsmith and cultural historian debunks common myths about English,
  recommends  the smartest writing about words, and says apostrophes are
  “orthographic squiggles” not worth fighting for [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/henry-hitchings-on-language

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

@polit2k  David  Hockney:  a  life  in  art  | Guardian| Nicholas Wroe
  t.co/z2ON6AD0 @guardian #ipad #RA #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/alternative-rock-by-dave-thompson

[23]Alternative Rock by Dave Thompson
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/alternative-rock-by-dave-thompson

[24]Santigold says: “I learned about so many bands and records just from
  flipping through the book. It’s really cool to have all this in one place”
  [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/santigold-on-musical-influences
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Stop Childhood Obesity
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/stop-childhood-obesity

Spend 30 seconds watching this, and it will prey on your mind all day.
  Promise [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Steve Chapman, on Newt Gingrich
    Links:
      28. http://reason.com/archives/2012/01/12/the-republicans-cow-pie-bingo

"No one has ever left a Gingrich encounter wanting to hear more"

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

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