Newsletter 632


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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 Neuroscience Of Bob Dylan's Genius
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/HokYjS

Jonah Lehrer | Guardian | 6 April 2012

"'It's just this sense that you got something to say.' What he felt was
  the itch of an imminent insight, the tickle of lyrics that needed to be
  written down. 'I found myself writing this song, this story, this long
  piece of vomit'" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/neuroscience-bob-dylans-genius

[7]A Plea For Beauty: A Manifesto For A New Urbanism
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HK9uWp

Roger Scruton | American Enterprise Institute | 29 March 2012

Absorbing essay on decline of American cities, how to create thriving
  urban areas. "To plan or not to plan is a false choice. Instead, civic
  leaders should think in terms of fostering beauty through the use of
  aesthetic constraints" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/plea-beauty-manifesto-new-urbanism

[9]Iran's Spymaster
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HPpZjT

Jay Soloman & Siobhan Gorman | WSJ | 4 April 2012

Profile of General Qasem Soleimani, boss of Iran's Qods Force—spies and
  special forces used for murder and skulduggery abroad. In charge of
  policy towards Syria, Iraq, Lebanon. "Evil genius." Shades of Le
  Carré's Karla [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/irans-spymaster

[11]The Errors Of Their Ways
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/H9z5dW

Rachel Giese | Walrus | 1 April 2012

Fine essay on medical error. "As the tools for healing proliferate, so
  do the difficulties in determining and executing correct diagnoses and
  treatments; each discovery creates new opportunities for mistakes, side
  effects, dangers" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/errors-their-ways

[13]Bosnia: Twenty Years On
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/HkTB6x

Allan Little | BBC | 6 April 2012

A mere slip of a piece, and yet its commentary on war, and war
  reporting, is worth more than many longer ones. "May I ask you, I said,
  are you a Muslim or a Croat? And the answer he gave me still shames me
  as it echoes in my head" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bosnia-twenty-years

[15]Lunch With The FT: Larry David
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Ig8BTz

Matthew Garrahan | FT | 6 April 2012

For once it lives up to its name. The only thing Larry David wants to
  talk about is lunch itself. Nuts are good in salad. Fruit too. But not
  cheese. “I’m anti-cheese in a salad. I don’t think the tastes are
  complementary" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lunch-ft-larry-david

FiveBooks Interview

[17]AC Grayling on Being Good
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

What does a moral life entail? How does one achieve it? AC Grayling
  looks at the classics of philosophy for the answers, and says that it
  is the striving for goodness and self-improvement itself that is the
  key to living well [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

Featured Special Report

[19]Wine
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

From filthy plonk to first growth Bordeaux, there's something for every
  palate in our cultural and historical survey of wine [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

Reader Recommendations

@[21]rszbt An ethnography of arbitrage MT @[22]zerohedge Want to know
  why traders stack their monitors 1x4 instead of
  2x2? [23]t.co/w2ADzVz8 #[24]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://twitter.com/zerohedge
      23. http://t.co/w2ADzVz8
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

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

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/clarissa-by-samuel-richardson

[27]Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/clarissa-by-samuel-richardson

[28]Faramerz Dabhoiwala says: “It’s probably the most influential novel
  of the 18th century, and possibly the most influential novel ever
  written in English” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/faramerz-dabhoiwala-on-18th-century-sexual-revolution
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Admented Reality
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/admented-reality

More on those Google glasses. What if the experience is more like this?
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Clay Shirky, on boredom
    Links:
      32. http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2012/04/the_web_expands.php

"Being bored is a kind of diagnostic for the gap between what you
    might be interested in and your current environment"

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

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