Newsletter 568


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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]We're All In The Same Boat
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wixqKl

Adam Curtis | BBC | 31 January 2012

Social history of the cruise ship industry, from the 1960s to the wreck
  of the Costa Concordia. Ships as "giant floating theatrical bubbles" in
  which ordinary people could behave for a while as though they were
  upper class [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/were-all-same-boat

[7]Facebook, Wall Street: Friends With Benefits
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/z18VKY

Brad Stone | Businessweek | 2 February 2012

"By friending Wall Street at the start of its journey to the public
  markets, Facebook is giving its users something unpleasant to think
  about: Their personal information is helping to make rich people even
  richer" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/facebook-wall-street-friends-benefits

[9]The Most Terrible Polar Exploration Ever
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yFKuQN

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 27 January 2012

Utterly gripping account of Douglas Mawson's 1912-13 Antarctic
  expedition. Unimaginable hardship in the cause of science. Mawson's
  hair fell out, skin peeled off. He survived only by bathing his eyes in
  cocaine and eating his dogs [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/most-terrible-polar-exploration-ever

[11]Sino-Americana
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/AdzkHB

Perry Anderson | London Review Of Books | 1 February 2012

Judiciously snarky review of books on China by Ezra Vogel, Henry
  Kissinger, Jay Taylor: "Works that appear to be about China, or some
  figure or topic from China, but whose real frame of reference,
  determining the optic, is the US" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sino-americana

[13]David Cronenberg
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xr7cFJ

Jonathan Penner | LA Review Of Books | 28 January 2012

Interview. "If you mix your blood with other people’s, then you will
  create something that you wouldn’t have done on your own, but is enough
  of you that it’s exciting and feels like you. It’s kind of like making
  children" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cronenberg

[15]To My Old Master
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wuK7qX

Jourdan Anderson | Letters Of Note | 30 January 2012

US colonel writes to former slave, requesting he return to work. Former
  slave replies, in some style. Signs off with: "Say howdy to George
  Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were
  shooting at me" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-old-master

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Edmund White on Gay Fiction
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-white-on-gay-fiction

The author, critic and creative writing professor tells us about the
  battle to establish gay fiction, and recommends five novels where
  beautiful writing and gay themes come together [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-white-on-gay-fiction

Featured Special Report

[19]Consciousness
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

What is it? Where did it come from? How can we learn more about it?
  Here's a quick look at what we do and don't know about consciousness
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k RT @pierrebri: Progress on letting big banks fail - Simon
  Johnson: t.co/HFonPQCi #toobigtof #gfc2 #browsings @rszbt @sysparatem
  [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/kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee

[23]To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee

[24]Clive Stafford Smith says: “Atticus Finch is a great hero. The book
  touches on so many issues and deals with so many prejudices. It’s a
  book that was way ahead of its time” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/clive-stafford-smith-on-capital-punishment
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Game Change Trailer
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/game-change-trailer

Is there any way of getting Meryl Streep's Thatcher and Julianne
  Moore's Palin into the same movie? [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Jerry Leath Mills, on southernness
    Links:
      28. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_cultures/v006/6.4mills.html

"There is a simple litmus-like test for the quality of southernness
    in literature. Is there a dead mule in it?"

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

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