Newsletter 597


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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]The Wrath Of Putin
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ypr8tM

Masha Gessen | Vanity Fair | 2 March 2012

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest man in Russia when he dared
  confront then president Vladimir Putin. He was convicted in two
  Kafka-esque trials and remains in prison. This terrific piece charts
  the two men's clash [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/wrath-putin

[7]The Power Of Habit
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zjNtyf

Charles Duhigg | Slate | 28 February 2012

Fascinating history of toothpaste (!) and American advertising
  executive Claude C Hopkins. A man who unwittingly discovered the three
  essentials of how to make people form habits: The cue, the routine and
  the reward [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/power-habit

[9]Europe Invents The Gypsies
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zSkeRd

Klaus-Michael Bogdal | Eurozine | 24 February 2012

"Might not the history of the Roma, a group marginalised like none
  other, reveal a less auspicious aspect of Europe's grand narrative of
  modernity?" Good question to kick off this historical analysis of
  European attitudes to gypsies [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/europe-invents-gypsies

[11]The End Of Labour?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yQwlqb

Colin Kidd | London Review Of Books | 29 February 2012

The Scottish question. In different ways, puts both Labour and
  Conservatives in a difficult position. Tories must handle referendum
  and possible break-up of UK. But Labour faces longer term threat of
  exclusion from power [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/end-labour

[13]On The Market
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yZ5Gnf

Alice Gregory | n+1 | 1 March 2012

Notes from a year spent working as a junior at Sotheby's in New York.
  "Paintings with red in them usually sell for more than paintings
  without red in them. Warhol’s women are worth more, on average, than
  Warhol’s men" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/market

[15]Great Catherine's Many Dimensions
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wkDRPm

Richard Wortman | National Interest | 28 February 2012

Fine essay reviewing Robert Massie book on Catherine the Great. "Her
  unremitting sexual appetites became a way to acquire intelligent and
  energetic devotees upon whom she could rely in the snake pit of the
  Russian court" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-catherines-many-dimensions

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Martin Bell on Reportage and War
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-bell-on-reportage-and-war

The former BBC war reporter picks out essential reading on the Bosnia
  and Vietnam wars and explains why a book of poetry speaks more to him
  about the reality of conflict than any other writing [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-bell-on-reportage-and-war

Featured Special Report

[19]How To Die
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/how-die

How to face the end? Peacefully? Still fighting? With all of medicine's
  help? Or naturally? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/how-die

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k RT @baselinescene: House Republicans: Making the United States
  More Like Greece, #whburningpreview [21]t.co/uKdpvMcV #gfc2
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
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      21. http://@polit2kRT@baselinescene/#whburningpreview t.co/uKdpvMcV #gfc2 #browsings
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/grapes-wrath-by-john-steinbeck

[25]The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/grapes-wrath-by-john-steinbeck

[26]Jonathan Evison says: “It’s an amazingly powerful story of people
  trying to reinvent themselves in an environment that was stacked very
  much against them” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-evison-on-american-west
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]2012 Hyundai Azera: Modern Life
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/2012-hyundai-azera-modern-life

Yes, wasn't that a nice commercial. But can you name the director?
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]EF Schumacher, on progress
    Links:
      30. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk9sKUiB2_M

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more
    violent. It takes genius to move in the opposite direction"

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

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