Newsletter 559


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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 Caging Of America
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/x54R57

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 23 January 2012

More than six million people are under "correctional supervision" in
  the US – more than were in Stalin's Gulags. Why so many? This superb
  account suggests there's been a serious failure of common sense and
  humanity [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/caging-america

[7]The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yY7Mkd

Jon Lackman | Wired | 23 January 2012

Story of UX, hacker-artists who protect, restore unloved French
  artefacts. Turning the whole city, above and below ground into a
  canvas, "its members say they can access every last government
  building, every narrow telecom tunnel" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-french-hacker-artist-underground

[9]A New Generation Of Political Islamists Steps Forward
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xW09XS

Olivier Roy | Washington Post | 21 January 2012

Islamists in the Arab world are benefiting from a democratisation they
  didn't trigger. Ghost of Islamic totalitarian state is raised, but is
  unlikely prospect. Islamists have changed. Political realism rules;
  Turkey's AKP inspires [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-generation-political-islamists-steps-forward

[11]Italy’s Schettino Complex
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/x5Mo3z

Ingrid Rowland | NYRB | 23 January 2012

Sunk ship a metaphor for Italy—or a Greek tragedy. "A man, no better or
  worse than most of us, makes a mistake and thereby unleashes a
  cataclysm, and we look on the resultant disaster with a cathartic mix
  of pity and fear" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/italy’s-schettino-complex

[13]The New Decembrists
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zV0krn

Michael Idov | New York | 22 January 2012

Inside Russia's anti-Putin protest movement. Its leadership apparently
  drawn exclusively from the editorial staff of glossy magazines.
  Hipsters, in short. Plotting against the Kremlin in chic little French
  restaurants [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-decembrists

[15]The Looming Threat Of A Solar Superstorm
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yLisJD

Lee Billings | Popular Mechanics | 23 January 2012

In 1859 a major solar storm, the "Carrington Event", hit Earth. Another
  came in 1921. What if one struck tomorrow? "If a Carrington Event
  happened right now it probably wouldn’t be a wake-up alarm—it would be
  a goodnight call" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/looming-threat-solar-superstorm

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Mark Kurlansky on Favourite Science Books
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books

The bestselling author of Cod and Salt tells us about five science
  books he loves – from whales and snails to evolution and string theory
  – all of which make difficult subjects accessible[18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books

Featured Special Report

[19]Joe Paterno: 1926-2012
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/joe-paterno-1926-2012

One of the greatest careers in US college athletics. But a life marred
  by a terrible misjudgement. How will Joe Paterno be remembered?
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/joe-paterno-1926-2012

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k After Carnival's Shipwreck in Italy, We Take a Closer Look at
  the Company | William Bruce t.co/yJkJP3ny #gfc2 #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/fault-lines-how-hidden-fractures-still-threaten-world-economy-by-raghuram-g-rajan

[23]Fault Lines by Raghuram G Rajan
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/fault-lines-how-hidden-fractures-still-threaten-world-economy-by-raghuram-g-rajan

[24]Will Hutton says: “Rajan sees American inequality, and what caused
  it, as one of the generators of the financial crisis across the
  capitalist West” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Hello
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/hello

I'd like to see a theory of human behaviour that accounts for the
  production of this particular masterpiece [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]A.J. Vetlesen, on pain
    Links:
      28. http://berlinbooks.org/brb/2012/01/a-tapestry-of-pain

"Generally speaking, pain is what makes the body a particularly
    important concern for the individual"

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

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