Newsletter 579


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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]Greece: A Default Is A Better Outcome Than The Deal On Offer
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yo3AJb

Marshall Auerback | New Economic Perspectives | 13 February 2012

"The market’s judgement is wrong: An outright default might ultimately
  prove the better tonic for both Greece and the eurozone." Would be
  messy but better than Portugal, Ireland left asking "If Greece doesn't
  have to pay, why do I?" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greece-default-better-outcome-deal-offer

[7]Everywhere And Nowhere
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/A7KIIP

Eric Been and Michael Goetzmann | LA Review Of Books | 10 February 2012

Review of John Jeremiah Sullivan's "Pulphead". And interview with
  author. Who is increasingly being acclaimed as the next David Foster
  Wallace. Though he appears here to be a touch less cerebral and a lot
  less frenetic [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/everywhere-and-nowhere

[9]Why Companies Fail
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/A3uigP

Megan McArdle | Atlantic | 11 February 2012

The American taxpayer has fixed all the obvious problems at General
  Motors. Cost base transformed. Brands repositioned. But finally we bump
  up against corporate culture. Can that be changed, or does GM carry
  failure in its DNA? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-companies-fail

[11]Mystery Of The Millionaire Metaphysician
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yxYyfA

James Ryerson | Slate | 10 February 2012

Eleven philosophers get an offer through the mail to read and review a
  manuscript. Fee: $12,000. They accept. It's not a work of genius, but
  nor is it nonsense. Who is the elusive author, and what does (s)he get
  out of it? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mystery-millionaire-metaphysician

[13]Step 1: Give Every Kid A Laptop. Step 2: Learning Begins?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/z8bwK8

Cyrus Farivar | Ars Technica | 9 February 2012

Report on Nicholas Negroponte's ambitious One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
  project. Two million computers have been handed out, across 42
  countries. So what lessons has OLPC taught us about the role of
  technology in education? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/step-1-give-every-kid-laptop-step-2-learning-begins

[15]The Monster Of Glamis
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/AgAD9E

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 10 February 2012

Did Glamis Castle, in the Scottish lowlands, have a secret to hide?
  Dash picks up the story of "an enigma that involved a hidden room, a
  secret passage, scandal, and shadowy figures glimpsed by night on
  castle battlements" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/monster-glamis

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Tim Mackintosh-Smith on
Travelling in the Muslim World
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-mackintosh-smith-on-travelling-muslim-world

The author and eminent Arabist tells us about the rich tradition in
  Islam of travelling to gain knowledge, and directs us towards some of
  those, both Western and Arab, who’ve inspired with their tales of life
  on the road [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-mackintosh-smith-on-travelling-muslim-world

Featured Special Report

[19]Human Modification
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
  What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
  with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Reader Recommendations

@[21]outsidemagazine The Trials of Greg Mortenson, by @[22]AlexHeard
  [23]t.co/pFDWQ44J #[24]longform  #[25]Longreads
  #[26]byliner #[27]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/outsidemagazine
      22. http://twitter.com/AlexHeard
      23. http://t.co/pFDWQ44J
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longform
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Longreads
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#byliner
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

[28]More like this
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/proust-and-squid-by-maryanne-wolf

[30]Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/proust-and-squid-by-maryanne-wolf

[31]Peg Tyre says: “Read this and you will never again hand your iPhone
  to your child in the stroller. You will start talking to them and
  pointing out colours” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peg-tyre-on-educating-your-child
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Future Hipsters
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/future-hipsters

Social Media Week looks fifty years ahead [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]David Weinberger, on libraries
    Links:
      35. http://senseandreference.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/too-big-to-know-essential-readings-in-the-philosophy-of-lis

"The smartest person in the room is the room"

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

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