Newsletter 592


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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]Why The Super-Rich Love The UK
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yfF5u0

John Lanchester | Guardian | 24 February 2012

"The UK has a gigantic sign hanging over it saying, 'Rich People! Come
  and Live Here! You Won't Have to Pay Any Tax!' It is an extraordinary
  policy for any developed nation" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-super-rich-love-uk

[7]Are They Really Religious?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/A7Bm0o

Alaa Al Aswany | Huffington Post | 22 February 2012

Excellent piece in which Egyptian author denounces aggressive,
  superficial Islamic piety. Policemen insist on sacred right to grow
  beards, yet torture and abuse detainees. Hospital staff abandon
  patients in intensive care to pray [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-they-really-religious

[9]Was Elvis Presley's Manager A Killer On The Lam?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zlVqiM

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 24 February 2012

Colonel Tom Parker wasn't a real colonel. He wasn't called Tom Parker.
  And he wasn't American. Small wonder he never left the country. He was
  born Andreas van Kuijk, in Holland—where he may have killed the
  greengrocer's wife [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/colonel-parker-managed-elvis’-career-was-he-killer-lam

[11]Star-Spangled Canberra
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yKik9e

Nick Bryant | Global Mail | 22 February 2012

Excellent essay on Americanisation of Australian politics. Change has
  accelerated recently "especially in regard to the quality and rancour
  of public debate". Now ultra-partisan with high, and rising, levels of
  public disaffection [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/star-spangled-canberra

[13]Groupthink
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zHNS59

Jonah Lehrer | New Yorker | 30 January 2012

"Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups
  think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone
  and later pool their ideas." Lehrer investigates why, and asks what can
  drive creativity [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/groupthink

[15]Inside The Mind Of Anthony Shadid
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/w9UWVW

Dave Kindred | GQ | 23 February 2012

Vignettes from reporting life of former NYT Middle East correspondent.
  Including the day he was shot by an Israeli sniper. And the most
  chilling interview he conducted, with an Iraqi who'd had to kill his
  own son [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-mind-anthony-shadid

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Woody Allen on Inspiration
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

The film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
  Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

Featured Special Report

[19]Film
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/film

What do film directors read? Is screenwriting literature? What are the
  best Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? All this and more,
  answered [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/film

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Michael Hudson | “The EU is proving that it works for
  private banks, but not for its citizens” [22]t.co/f7v3YFMn
  @[23]trumanfactor #[24]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/f7v3YFMn
      23. http://twitter.com/trumanfactor
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

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

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/andromeda-strain-by-michael-crichton

[27]The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/andromeda-strain-by-michael-crichton

[28]Tess Gerritsen says: “This was the first science thriller I ever
  read. I remember thinking it was the first book to make real science so
  exciting” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tess-gerritsen-on-favourite-thrillers
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]I Love Michigan
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/i-love-michigan

Where the trees are the right height. Nice catch. Romney as pitchman
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Martin Peretz, on belief
    Links:
      32. http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/100909/mormons-jews-mormonism-judaism-israel-posthumous-baptism

"Given the strangeness of what one has to believe to be faithful
    even to the most mainstream creeds, it’s odd that so many people
    think Mormonism especially peculiar"

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

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