Newsletter 598


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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]F Scott Fitzgerald's Essays From The Edge
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wtH9Q0

Patricia Hampl | American Scholar | 1 March 2012

Intriguing suggestion that Fitzgerald's The Crack-Up sets the tone for
  the modern American autobiographical essay, which "tell[s] a story and
  then think[s] about it — all in the same work" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/f-scott-fitzgeralds-essays-edge

[7]Netanyahu And Obama Play High-Stakes Poker Over Iran
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yNxU2o

Aluf Benn | Haaretz | 2 March 2012

Haaretz says Israeli PM's planned trip to Washington is the most
  fateful of his career. He arrives in a position of strength, but his
  relationship with Obama is famously poor and his strategy towards Iran
  entails great risks [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/netanyahu-and-obama-play-high-stakes-poker-over-iran

[9]A Common Faith
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/A1f3ht

Marilynne Robinson | Guernica | 1 March 2012

On human nature and the good society. "Our civilisation has recently
  chosen to identify itself with a wildly oversimple model of human
  nature and behaviour, and then is stymied or infuriated by evidence
  that the models don't fit" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/common-faith

[11]The Body Counter
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/zo26ZR

Tina Rosenberg | Foreign Policy | 1 March 2012

Profile of Patrick Ball, pioneering American statistician who has
  systematised what was previously an anecdotal process of making death
  counts for atrocities and civil wars. "His methods have changed our
  understanding of war" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/body-counter

[13]Work, Not Sex, At Last
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xeNXr2

Elaine Blair | NYRB | 17 February 2012

Extremely intelligent overview of Michel Houellebecq's career to date,
  with special attention to his newest novel, The Map and the Territory.
  Key line: "We are not all shut-ins, but we are all afraid of being
  unloved" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/work-not-sex-last

[15]Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xU17Id

Robert Krulwich | NPR | 29 February 2012

Gigantic bugs called "tree lobsters" lived on an island near Australia.
  Until rats killed them off in 1918. But wait: Scientists have found a
  few still living on the next island. If you like stick insects, you'll
  love this story [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway

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]Epic Adventures
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from
  the comfort of your armchair [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k RT @EconBizFin: A brief guide to electoral fraud for the busy
  despot [21]t.co/MatWGBJl #gfc2 [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/MatWGBJl
      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/day-locust-by-nathanael-west

[25]The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/day-locust-by-nathanael-west

[26]Jonathan Evison says: “The quintessential LA novel, about the film
  industry in its heyday. It’s hilarious and macabre, and it’s so modern
  in its tone and cadence” [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]This Is The Economy
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/economy

A new Herman Cain advertisement. The question is, for what? [29]More
  videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Martin Wolf, on governance
    Links:
      30. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/56f88be0-6213-11e1-807f-00144feabdc0.html

"Slavery and feudalism are extractive economic institutions.
    Law-governed market economies are inclusive economic institutions"

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

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