Newsletter 606


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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 To Be Creative
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ABreis

Jonah Lehrer | WSJ | 9 March 2012

"Creativity is not magic, and there's no such thing as a creative type.
  Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing
  bestowed by the angels. It's a skill. Anyone can learn to be creative."
  Here's how [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-be-creative

[7]Great American Losers
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zSBGct

Elaine Blair | NYRB | 9 March 2012

Postwar novelists—Updike, Mailer—were male triumphalists. Their
  successors—Franzen, Shteyngart—have overcorrected. They want women to
  like them. Their men are losers. Houllebecq is different. He doesn't
  want to be liked [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-american-losers

[9]Fukushima: A Strange Kind Of Homecoming
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yhg2p6

Mure Dickie | FT | 9 March 2012

One year after the nuclear disaster, the worst fears have receded. But
  more than 100,000 people are still exiled from their homes, with no
  medium-term prospect of return. They can go back for day trips though,
  as the FT discovers [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fukushima-strange-kind-homecoming

[11]Confessions Of A Genius Art Forger
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/A0TaMt

Lothar Gorris and Sven Röbel | Spiegel | 9 March 2012

Just what the headline says. Interview with Wolfgang Beltracchi. German
  painter of fake expressionists. "I recognised what was special about a
  particular artist, in order to do it just a little better than he had
  managed himself" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/confessions-genius-art-forger

[13]Abortion, Infanticide, Humanity, Free Speech
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yExetl

Kenan Malik | Pandaemonium | 7 March 2012

Is there a difference in moral status between foetus and newborn? If
  no, where does that argument lead? If yes, what is it and what does it
  mean? Malik untangles a recent controversy in this typically sensible
  and thoughtful piece [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/abortion-infanticide-humanity-free-speech

[15]Lunch With Charles Murray
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wVRi5W

Edward Luce | FT | 9 March 2012

Starts off slowly, picks up speed. Manages to convey that the esteemed
  conservative thinker is a lush, a braggart and a bore without saying as
  much. Gives him space to get that message across for himself. Nicely
  done [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lunch-charles-murray

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Alexandra Harris on Modernism
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alexandra-harris-on-modernism

Modernism is about form more than content, says the scholar of English
  literature. She tells us about the history of the movement, and picks
  five works that exemplify or explain it [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alexandra-harris-on-modernism

Featured Special Report

[19]Free Will
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Does it exist? Or is it an illusion? Why not read on and decide for
  yourself. As if you had any choice... [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k RT @[22]TimHarford: The not-so-sweet smell of odious
  debt [23]t.co/uyngsjYR  #[24]gfc2  #[25]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/TimHarford
      23. http://t.co/uyngsjYR
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

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

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/13-bankers-by-simon-johnson-and-james-kwak

[28]13 Bankers by Simon Johnson and James Kwak
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/13-bankers-by-simon-johnson-and-james-kwak

[29]Daron Acemoglu says: “One of the really big issues raised by this
  book is whether we are actually living in a kind of oligarchy of the
  sort we attribute to places like Russia” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daron-acemoglu-on-inequality
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]What Makes A Video Go Viral?
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/what-makes-video-go-viral

TED talk from a YouTube staffer. Short answer: Surprise people [32]More
  videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Roseanne Barr, on television
    Links:
      33. http://nymag.com/print/?/arts/tv/upfronts/2011/roseanne-barr-2011-5

Imitation is the sincerest form of show business
  [34]More quotes
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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