Newsletter 618


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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]Emmett Till In Sanford
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/GIW5vj

William Finnegan | New Yorker | 23 March 2012

"Can the American gun-rights movement ever go too far, politically? In
  Florida, prosecutors and police opposed the Stand Your Ground law, to
  no effect. Since the law was passed, the number of 'justifiable
  homicides' has tripled" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/emmett-till-sanford

[7]Sometimes Customers Are Pretty Stupid
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/GGCfqw

Justin Wolf | HBR | 21 March 2012

Today's customers are sophisticated and demanding. Give them bad stuff,
  they'll walk away. Right? Not quite. Get a credit card number, make it
  hard to unsubscribe, and you can milk them for months. That's the eFax
  business model [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sometimes-customers-are-pretty-stupid

[9]Why Not Frack?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/GRDIst

Bill McKibben | NYRB | 1 March 2012

The financial crisis could have been an opportunity to green advanced
  economies but fossil fuel lobbies are threatening the effort to make
  the future cleaner and greener. McKibben asks if fracking makes things
  better or worse [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-not-frack

[11]A Shot Across the Bo
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/GJj25g

A McLaren | Foreign Policy | 15 March 2012

Pundits have described the defenestration of the Chongqing Party boss
  Bo Xilai, in the context of an ongoing power struggle, as the biggest
  political event in China for 20 years. This piece is one of the better
  ones on his downfall [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/shot-across-bo

[13]How One Response To A Reddit Query Became A Big Budget Flick
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/GH0GBr

Jason Fagone | Wired | 20 March 2012

"Erwin started typing. He posted his answer in a series of comments.
  Within an hour, he was an online celebrity. Within three hours, a film
  producer had reached out to him. Within two weeks, he was offered a
  deal to write a movie" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-one-response-reddit-query-became-big-budget-flick

[15]On Intellectuals And Democracy
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/GRIfvb

Tony Judt | NYRB | 12 March 2012

This Tony Judt piece is a reminder that the democracy debate is never
  straightforward. He makes the telling point that the biggest danger
  democracies face is to become a decadent version of themselves
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/intellectuals-and-democracy

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Robert Reich on Saving Capitalism and Democracy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Three decades of growing inequality and collapsing public morality have
  pitched America into crisis, imperilling its democracy. But there are
  precedents for a way out, says Robert Reich [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Featured Special Report

[19]Extreme Food
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

From foraging in the wild to foul restaurant dining, here is our
  toothsome selection of writing on the world of extreme food [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k All the Math Taught at University Can Be Outsourced. What
  Now? | Dr. Keith Devlin [22]t.co/aD2I4cy4 via
  @[23]HuffingtonPost #[24]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/aD2I4cy4
      23. http://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

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

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/magic-christian-by-terry-southern

[27]The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/magic-christian-by-terry-southern

[28]Andy Borowitz says: “Guy Grand is the richest man in the world.
  The book is a series of pranks in which he sets out to prove that
  people will do anything for money”[29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-borowitz-on-comic-writing
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Einstein and the Special Theory of Relativity
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/einstein-and-special-theory-relativity

In less than two minutes. With cartoons
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Jack Kerouac, on propriety
    Links:
      32. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/iZG5pG0vQGg/story01.htm

"Try never get drunk outside yr own house"

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

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