Newsletter 552


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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]Libertarian Illusions
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/x9Yfbr

Jeffrey Sachs | Huffington Post | 15 January 2012

"Like many extreme ideologies, libertarianism gives a single answer to a
  complicated world. It seems to cut through the fog and get to the heart of
  solutions; illusions, alas, but powerful ones nonetheless" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/libertarian-illusions

[7]He Told The Truth About China
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yhgcms

Simon Leys | NYRB | 16 January 2012

On the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, poet, thinker, public intellectual,
  dissident. Returned from America to join Tiananmen protest in 1989. Given
  11-year jail sentence in 2009; Nobel Peace Prize 2010. His only crime:
  Honesty [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/he-told-truth-about-china

[9]Superstuff: When Quantum Goes Big
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xQDRQo

Michael Brooks | New Scientist | 16 January 2012

Introduction to surreal world of Superstuff. A world that exists at
  temperatures close to absolute zero, where strange events worthy of the
  finest magicians occur. Liquids flow up walls of containers, solids pass
  through each other [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/superstuff-when-quantum-goes-big

[11]How The Fed Can Prevent The Next Financial Crisis
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yZhsIH

Mark Thoma | Fiscal Times | 17 January 2012

Fed wasn't asking right questions before crisis, nor did it act fast enough
  once crisis began. Even then, it privileged tackling inflation over cutting
  unemployment. Why? Many of its members are chosen by bankers. This must
  change [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-fed-can-prevent-next-financial-crisis

[13]Do Sports Build Character Or Damage It?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xUL5X0

Mark Edmundson | Chronicle Review | 15 January 2012

Interesting essay on benefits, disbenefits of sport. Starts, engagingly,
  with author's reflections on his own high school (American) football career,
  which proved to be a valuable learning experience (h/t Daniel Lippmann)
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/do-sports-build-character-or-damage-it

[15]Letter From Detroit
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ybA9OI

Ingrid Norton | LA Review of Books | 16 January 2012

City sprawls over 140 square miles, 30% of which is vacant. Trains haven't
  run since 1980s. Dozens of major fires are reported every day. Population is
  down by two-thirds since 1950. But amid the devastation there is creativity
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/letter-detroit

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Matthew O’Brien on Las Vegas
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-o’brien-on-las-vegas

Vegas tugs on the imagination like few other places. A sin city journalist
  tells us about innocent beginnings, muckraking and mobsters, and how Vegas
  has changed through boom and bust [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-o’brien-on-las-vegas

Featured Special Report

[19]Mind And Brain
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mind-and-brain

Everything you wanted - or didn't want - to know about your mind. From how
  many friends your brain can cope with, to experts discussing consciousness
  and mental illness [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mind-and-brain

Reader Recommendations

_@maisonneuvemag_  How  Gary  Doer,  Manitoba's greenest premier, became
  Harper's tar-sands salesman in Washington: [21]t.co/SmNa5Uc0 [22]#browsings
  [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/SmNa5Uc0
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/empires-word-by-nicholas-ostler

[25]Empires of the Word by Nicholas Ostler
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/empires-word-by-nicholas-ostler

[26]Henry Hitchings says: “It’s a history of all languages. To try and write
  a history of the whole of language is an incredibly audacious thing, and
  Ostler pulls it off” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/henry-hitchings-on-language
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Target Does Rube Goldberg
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/target-does-rube-goldberg

94 rolls of toilet paper. 800 pounds of food. 31 days to build. 41 takes to
  get it just right. (h/t Charles Crawford) [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Lewis Namier, to Isaiah Berlin
    Links:
      30. http://www.amazon.com/Enlightening-Letters-1946-1960-Isaiah-Berlin/dp/0701178892

"How intelligent you must be, to understand all you write"

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

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