Newsletter 571


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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]Atheism In America
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/AuHoS2

Julian Baggini | FT | 3 February 2012

Fascinating investigation into discrimination, isolation of atheists in
  the US. “I’d rather have a big ‘L’ or ‘lesbian’ written across my shirt
  than a big ‘A’ or ‘atheist’, because people are going to handle it
  better” [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/atheism-america

[7]Super Power Of Franz Liszt
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yrjm8J

Charles Rosen | NYRB | 2 February 2012

Greatest pianist ever. His genius as performer overshadowed his genius
  as composer. "No one before Liszt played an entire public concert on
  the piano. He turned a musical performance into something like an
  athletic feat" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/super-power-franz-liszt

[9]Let Us Now Praise Private Equity
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zHAeAY

Reihan Salam | National Review | 30 January 2012

Sharp, well-argued defence of private equity. And, by extension, Romney
  and Bain Capital. "The difficult truth that virtually no politician is
  prepared to acknowledge is that the road to job creation runs through
  job destruction" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/let-us-now-praise-private-equity

[11]The Me Who Knew It
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wb00gI

Jenny Diski | LRB | 1 February 2012

Enjoyable essay review of new book that charts a century of memory
  research. From Frederic Bartlett, who concluded in 1913 that we remake
  our memories each time we remember them, right up to contemporary
  research on memory erasure [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/me-who-knew-it

[13]Feet In Smoke
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yswDMr

John Jeremiah Sullivan | Deadspin | 1 February 2012

Writer recalls brother's accidental electrocution, temporary brain
  damage. "I can't imagine anything more hopeful or hilarious than having
  a seat at the spectacle of my brother's brain while it reconstructed
  reality" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/feet-smoke

[15]On The Meaning Of Life
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yp45rP

HL Mencken | Letters Of Note | 1 February 2012

In 1931 philosopher Will Durant asked a select few about life, death,
  religion. Mencken's reply is memorable. "When I die I shall be content
  to vanish into nothingness. No show, however good, could conceivably be
  good for ever" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meaning-life

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]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but
  is middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

@nprguyraz the day in 1961 Malcolm X hung out with Richard Holbrooke at
  Brown U. t.co/veKSeBEQ #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/semi-tough-by-dan-jenkins

[23]Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/semi-tough-by-dan-jenkins

[24]Rick Telander says: “This is the funniest satire of [American]
  football I’ve read. Some of it’s X-rated, but it was a revelatory type
  of writing that had not been done before” [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]Locust world
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/locust-world

Hong Kong propaganda video attacking visitors from the rest of China
  ("locusts") [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Mark Lilla, on conservatism
    Links:
      28. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/feb/23/reactionary-mind-exchange

"Conservatism is informed by a view of human nature. Reaction is
    informed by a view of history"

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

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