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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]Adventures In Behavioral Neurology
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wGsaDL

VS Ramachandran | Edge | 20 February 2012

Neuroscientist explains mysteries of synesthesia (hearing colours,
  tasting sounds), apotemnophilia (wanting to have healthy limbs
  amputated), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (feeling chronic pain from
  minor injuries). Fascinating [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/adventures-behavioral-neurology

[7]Party Crasher
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/w4M8El

Kelefa Sanneh | New Yorker | 20 February 2012

With Ron Paul. "When he warns against threatening Iran, or calls the
  war on drugs 'a total failure,' or observes that 'rich white people
  don’t get the death penalty very often,' he seems like a man competing
  in a separate contest" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/party-crasher

[9]Interview: Paul Krugman
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/wfD3Ph

Jonathan Tasini | Playboy | 16 February 2012

Forgive the NSFW wrapper to read the Nobel prize-winning economist talk
  politics, economics, even music. Interesting throughout. "We should not
  be using the language of sacrifice to talk about how we deal with the
  current slump" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/interview-paul-krugman

[11]The Price Of Dissent In Saudi Arabia
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wda3Y2

Toby Jones | Nation | 15 February 2012

Pity poor Hamza Kashgari. He made some injudicious comments on Twitter
  and now he's a pawn about to be sacrificed by the Saudi ruling family.
  This has little to do with the sanctity of Islam; everything to do with
  power politics [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/price-dissent-saudi-arabia

[13]The Tragedy Of Fernando Torres
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zTjG4F

John Carlin | FT | 17 February 2012

Chelsea paid £50m for him and almost immediately he descended into a
  catastrophic and inexplicable loss of form. From which he has yet to
  emerge. But why does this sometimes happen to top sportspeople, and
  what can they do about it? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tragedy-fernando-torres

[15]Things I Have Learnt From And About IVF
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xguQgo

Maria Farrell | Crooked Timber | 18 February 2012

"IVF is highly political. It’s unpleasant, tiring and time-consuming.
  It’s bloody expensive. In all these respects, it’s perhaps not bad
  practice for the down-sides of parenthood. And at least it gives us a
  chance" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/things-i-have-learnt-and-about-ivf

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Sam Bourne on Classic Thrillers
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sam-bourne-on-classic-thrillers

The bestselling author of The Righteous Men tells us how his other job
  as a political journalist helps with thriller writing, and what makes
  le Carré, Forsyth and Buchan such masters of their trade [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sam-bourne-on-classic-thrillers

Featured Special Report

[19]The Writing of Anthony Shadid
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/writing-anthony-shadid

A selection of recent despatches by Anthony Shadid (1968-2012), one of
  the best reporters working in the Middle East in the past 10 years
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/writing-anthony-shadid

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Paul Krugman | Pain Without Gain: [22]t.co/triPbSxm
  #[23]gfc2 #[24]browsings #[25]austerity #[26]ows[27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/opinion/krugman-pain-without-gain.html?_r=1&src=tp
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#austerity
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#ows
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/life-little-known-planet-by-howard-ensign-evans

[29]Life on a Little Known Planet by Howard Ensign Evans
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/life-little-known-planet-by-howard-ensign-evans

[30]May Berenbaum says: “The book is a killer combination. It’s a
  wonderful overview of how insects are important ecologically,
  scientifically and culturally” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Food Rules
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/food-rules

Michael Pollan, animated by Marija Jacimovic [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Felisa Rogers, on aphrodisiacs
    Links:
      34. http://www.alternet.org/sex/154141/sex_and_food:_the_world's_strangest_aphrodisiacs_through_time/?page=entire

"Humans tend to get turned on by three categories of food: extremely
    expensive food, food that is risky to acquire, and food that
    resembles genitalia"

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

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