Newsletter 561


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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]Sarkozy Has Learned To Like Angela Merkel
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wTMCPb

Britta Sandberg and Mathieu von Rohr | Spiegel | 24 January 2012

Intelligent interview with Alain Minc, French political fixer. On
  Sarkozy: "The crisis has definitely helped him to become adult." On
  Dominique Strauss-Kahn: "The details weren't known, but people knew
  about his fragility" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sarkozy-has-learned-angela-merkel

[7]Q&A With A 'Daily News' Crime Reporter
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zQ8TfE

Paul Hiebert | The Awl | 20 January 2012

"I deal in other people's agony. I do. You can't candy coat that. But
  if you can't live with that, you shouldn't be in this game. I'm not
  some nice person from a nice place. I'm not. I do my damndest to be a
  decent man" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/qa-daily-news-crime-reporter

[9]Amazon's Hit Man
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/A7BkUo

Brad Stone | Businessweek | 26 January 2012

Helpful update on Amazon's decision to compete with traditional
  publishers. "On the West Coast people cheerfully call this kind of
  arrangement coopetition. On the East Coast it’s usually referred to as
  getting stabbed in the back" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/amazons-hit-man

[11]The Cold Choice – Jobs Or Jihad
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wJY4mR

Olivier Roy | New Statesman | 25 January 2012

On Islamism after the Arab Spring and electoral success. "It is not the
  convictions of political actors that shape their policies but the
  constraints to which they are subject." And Islamists are just as
  constrained as anyone else [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cold-choice-–-jobs-or-jihad

[13]'Who’s There?' Is The Self A Convenient Fiction?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/x5pcL5

Sam McNerney | Why We Reason | 24 January 2012

Confronting the idea of the unified self. Those who stand against the
  concept include Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker and Michael Gazzaniga. In
  favour are the arguments of philosopher Julian Baggini. Who's correct?
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who’s-there-self-convenient-fiction

[15]A Few Truths About Davos
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ygqN2C

Lance Knobel | Davos Newbies | 25 January 2012

"The dark, dirty secret you learn when you run the program at Davos is
  that the vast majority of CEOs have nothing to say. There is no
  correlation between being a successful business leader and having
  interesting ideas" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/few-truths-about-davos

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Simon Winchester on American Stories
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-winchester-on-american-stories

Modern America is a story of expanding frontiers, says the bestselling
  author. He tells us about five novels that shed light on the social
  history of his adopted homeland, from the late 19th century to the
  Great Depression [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-winchester-on-american-stories

Featured Special Report

[19]Free Will
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Does it exist? Or is it an illusion? Why not read on and decide for
  yourself. As if you had any choice... [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k Google is FUBAR | Sebastian Anthony t.co/8bXadeb6 via
  @extremetech #browsings #google [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/spirit-level-why-more-equal-societies-almost-always-do-better-by-richard-wilkinson-and-k

[23]The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/spirit-level-why-more-equal-societies-almost-always-do-better-by-richard-wilkinson-and-k

[24]Danny Dorling says: Spirit Level is an incredible book. It provides
  the evidence that inequality is bad for us all including the best-off.
  [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/danny-dorling-on-inequality
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Silent GOP Debate
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/silent-gop-debate

If only. This one courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Somerset Maugham, on quotations
    Links:
      28. http://twitter.com/randomhouse/status/162176714309513218

"A pretty gift for quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit"

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

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