Newsletter 569


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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 Storytellers Of Empire
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/y7ehOV

Kamila Shamsie | Guernica | 1 February 2012

Why don't American fiction writers engage with what America is doing in
  the world? "The unmanned drone hovering over Pakistan, controlled by
  someone in Langley, is an apt metaphor for America’s imaginative
  engagement with my nation" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/storytellers-empire

[7]The Mismeasure Of Neuroscience
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/wKgNb2

Massimo Pigliucci | Rationally Speaking | 2 February 2012

Excellent post on limits of neuroscience. Why it's wrong to make
  sensationalist claims about the mind, morality from our limited
  understanding of how the brain works. If only more understood the line
  between science and speculation [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mismeasure-neuroscience

[9]Raise The Crime Rate
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zjreYv

Christopher Glazek | n+1 | 26 January 2012

America's prison system as moral catastrophe. More African Americans
  incarcerated than were enslaved in the 1850s. More rapes inside prison
  than out. A society that allows little way back for ex-cons.
  Provocative remedy proposed [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/raise-crime-rate

[11]United States Of Europe?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/z2IlmE

Ed Harrison | AlterNet | 31 January 2012

"Ordinary Europeans had no idea the euro would join countries at the
  hip and have every reason to feel tricked into the single currency. But
  this is done and cannot be undone." Now the best way forwards is to
  accept a transfer union [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/united-states-europe

[13]Murder Your Darlings
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yKGk6O

Anita Desai | Prospect | 25 January 2012

Lovely piece in which Desai reflects on the writing process, and
  juggling work and family. "It becomes a guilty secret: This world you
  escape into, taking no one with you, not revealing it to anyone." Not
  every writer has it easy [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/murder-your-darlings

[15]Obituary: Harry Coen
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wYWxuq

Anonymous | Telegraph | 31 January 2012

"Journalist whose career path took him from Gay News to the editorship
  of The Catholic Herald." And then on to Burgundy, where, to judge from
  the coded language of this obituary, he smoked and drank himself to a
  happy death [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-harry-coen

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Geoff Dyer on Unusual Histories
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/geoff-dyer-on-unusual-histories

The author of “But Beautiful” and the forthcoming “Zona” tells us about
  different ways of writing history, and gives us five examples where
  innovative or experimental approaches have paid off [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/geoff-dyer-on-unusual-histories

Featured Special Report

[19]Drone Warfare
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Should we worry about war conducted by remote control? Are there
  ethical considerations? Will we become accustomed to unmanned warfare
  in the future? What if a hacker took control of an army? It's all here
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav The Fireplace Delusion : Sam Harris t.co/joakuqvL via
  @SamHarrisOrg [21]#browsings [22]More like this
    Links:
      21. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[23]Book of the Day
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/folding-star-by-alan-hollinghurst

[24]The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/folding-star-by-alan-hollinghurst

[25]Edmund White says: “It acknowledges the existence of this terrible
  disease [Aids] but has an incredible enshrinement of physical love in
  the affair between Edward and Luc” [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-white-on-gay-fiction
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[27]Take On Me
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/take-me

A-ha's pop classic. Performed by five accordionists. From North Korea.
  That's it [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[29]Moose Alain, on atheists
    Links:
      29. http://twitter.com/MooseAllain/status/165033712294166529

"Atheists are unfaithful"

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

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