Newsletter 595


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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]How Gogol Explains The Post-Soviet World
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zhXo0k

Thomas de Waal | Foreign Policy | 27 February 2012

"Here is a not entirely frivolous suggestion: How about skipping the
  political science textbooks when it comes to trying to understand the
  former Soviet Union and instead opening up the pages of Gogol, Chekhov,
  and Dostoyevsky?" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-gogol-explains-post-soviet-world

[7]A Silicon Valley Tale Of Humiliation And Revenge
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zgQbki

Burt Helm | Inc | 28 February 2012

Extraordinary tale of Khalid Shaikh, whose ill-fated tenure as
  co-founder of online file-sharing service YouSendIt turned him from
  successful entrepreneur to convicted criminal. Long, but compelling
  account [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/silicon-valley-tale-humiliation-and-revenge

[9]Romney Has Big Night; So Does Obama
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zN3m5M

John Cassidy | New Yorker | 29 February 2012

"If Romney isn’t quite restored to his position as 'Mr Inevitable,'
  he’s 'Mr Very, Very Likely.' But it is difficult to see how he can
  change the underlying dynamic of the race, which is slowly but surely
  dragging him down" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/romney-has-big-night-so-does-obama

[11]Ayn Rand: The Tea Party’s Miscast Matriarch
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/xNvuW8

Pam Martens | Counterpunch | 27 February 2012

Caustic, unforgiving takedown of Ayn Rand, philosophical figurehead of
  the Tea Party, and her "mindless irrationality". Those who promote her
  work today don't escape either. (Featuring best Harold Bloom quote
  you'll read this week) [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ayn-rand-tea-party’s-miscast-matriarch

[13]Bringing Mecca To The British Museum
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/w6w3iA

Malise Ruthven | NYRB | 27 February 2012

Exhibition dedicated to Muslim pilgrimage is put on with Saudi help.
  Scholarly questions are ignored in order to accommodate Saudi and
  Muslim sensitivities. Is this a price worth paying, if there's a wider
  societal benefit? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bringing-mecca-british-museum

[15]Game Over
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yq3wHm

Bob Friel | Outside | 22 February 2012

The Cessna fired its engines and soared into the blue sky, on
  Independence Day. The pilot had no flying qualifications. Just an
  extensive criminal record. And an urgent need to reach Cuba. This is
  the story of the Barefoot Bandit [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/game-over

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Peggy Orenstein on the Gender Trap
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peggy-orenstein-on-gender-trap

From an early age, girls learn to be pretty in pink while boys are
  marketed a prepackaged masculinity. The author of Cinderella Ate My
  Daughter explains how parents can give their children a broader, more
  imaginative outlook [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peggy-orenstein-on-gender-trap

Featured Special Report

[19]American Prisons
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/american-prisons

An epidemic of incarceration. A prison system that provides neither
  retributive justice nor rehabilitation. Is this America's moral
  catastrophe? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/american-prisons

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav New Statesman - The God wars [22]t.co/6v7Y8xiP
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2012/02/neo-atheism-atheists-dawkins
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/confessions-st-augustine-by-augustine-hippo

[26]The Confessions of St Augustine by St Augustine
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/confessions-st-augustine-by-augustine-hippo

[27]Richard Harries says: “It is a wonderfully personal book, but not
  in a lurid sense like a modern confession. You get an insight into a
  passionate mind on a spiritual journey”[28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-harries-on-christianity
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]You Are Not So Smart
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/you-are-not-so-smart

"When you want things to line up, you see patterns everywhere" [30]More
  videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Paul Graham, on reading
    Links:
      31. http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html

"There's no test of how well you've read a book, and that's why
    merely reading books doesn't quite feel like work"

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

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