Newsletter 556


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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]Iraq: Under Worse Management
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/AeS2UB

Elliott Woods | Businessweek | 18 January 2012

Security has improved, the economy is picking up, Iraq is open for business.
  Well, that's the Iraqi prime minister's message. But what do Iraqis
  themselves feel about Nouri al-Maliki and the future of their country? Good
  sit-rep [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/iraq-under-worse-management

[7]Tracking The Tell-Tale Signs Of Pure Genius
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/wFuLfL

VS Ramachandran | Telegraph | 18 January 2012

Leading neuroscientist explains some of the strange case studies that reveal
  just how adaptive and miraculous the brain really is. From phantom limbs, to
  a man who exits a coma only to become convinced his parents are imposters
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tracking-tell-tale-signs-pure-genius

[9]Selling Votes
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zlGLvu

John Holbo | Crooked Timber | 19 January 2012

It's probably a bad idea to let people sell their votes. On the other hand,
  it could make for more creative politics. "People could donate to
  candidates, to help them buy votes. You could have eminently populist
  vote-buying drives" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/selling-votes

[11]Writing Adrift In The World
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/A2eSFu

Tim Parks | NYRB | 19 January 2012

There is a problem with the novel. Parks's diagnosis is that fiction is
  being internationalised and universalised. Writers are no longer anchored in
  a literary canon or national tradition. Here's the case for why it matters
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/writing-adrift-world

[13]The Nazi Leader Who Became The Oskar Schindler Of China
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xInFX9

Iris Chang | Atlantic | 18 January 2012

"Dark times paralyze most people, but some very few, for reasons most of us
  will never understand, are able to set aside all caution and do things even
  they could not imagine themselves doing in ordinary times" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nazi-leader-who-became-oskar-schindler-china

[15]Lechery, Immodesty And The Talmud
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xHPN6Q

Dov Linzer | NYT | 19 January 2012

Rabbi responds to ultra-Orthodox attempts to send women to the back of the
  bus in Israel. Talmud's message to men: Problem is not with women in public;
  it's with the sexualised way you choose to look at them (h/t Stuart Bailey)
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lechery-immodesty-and-talmud

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Will Hutton on Fairness and Inequality
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

In contemporary capitalist societies, some inequality is inevitable and
  desirable. But the rewards for the few at the top have soared while the rest
  have been squeezed. We need a new social contract, says the author and
  columnist [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

Featured Special Report

[19]Natural History
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/natural-history

Everything you need to know about natural history. Experts from London's
  Natural History Museum discuss their top five books on everything - from
  bats to plants, dinosaurs to meteorites and more [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/natural-history

Reader Recommendations

@guardian: .@JonRonson on reasons to be cheerful in 2012: it's the year
  we'll start talking to robots t.co/7KYmIVmP #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/north-dallas-forty-by-peter-gent

[23]North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/north-dallas-forty-by-peter-gent

[24]Rick  Telander  says: “Even though the team has another name, it’s
  obviously about the Cowboys. Players are being used almost like gladiators,
  until they’re of no use any more” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Things New Yorkers Say
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/things-new-yorkers-say

"You read the _Post_? Like, not ironically?"
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Dominic Lawson, on government
    Links:
      28. http://www.editorialintelligence.com/ebulletin/viewonline.php

"If your policy is one of retrenchment and austerity, it is advisable to
    come up with something other than economic growth as a measure of your
    success"

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

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