Newsletter 635


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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 Camorra Never Sleeps
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/HGmjhO

William Langewiesche | Vanity Fair | 10 April 2012

"It is an understanding, a way of justice, a means of creating wealth
  and spreading it around. It has been a part of life in Naples for
  centuries—far longer than the fragile construct called Italy has even
  existed" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/camorra-never-sleeps

[7]Left Behind
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/IGU7M2

Peter Van Buren | Huffington Post/TomDispatch | 9 April 2012

Final piece by State Dept whistleblower before he was fired. "We
  thought that our employers would be concerned about what we had
  stumbled upon and would want to work with us to resolve it. We are
  guilty of naiveté, not treason" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/left-behind

[9]Unsinkable
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HnKzHl

Daniel Mendelsohn | New Yorker | 9 April 2012

Why does the story of the Titanic grip our imagination so? "To get to
  the bottom of why we can't forget it, you have to turn away from the
  facts and consider the realm to which the Titanic and its story
  properly belong: Myth" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unsinkable-0

[11]In The Supreme Shrine
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HBFJbG

Christopher de Bellaigue | NYRB | 5 April 2012

"The pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, is the supreme expression of global
  Islam. This year more than 2.5 million Muslims will undertake the
  journey." By 2030, that number is expected to have grown to 20 million.
  Here's what it means [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/supreme-shrine

[13]The Invaders
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/Ikptfa

David Hill | Grantland | 8 April 2012

Memoir of growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the "loose buckle on the
  Bible Belt". Local industries: Gambling and horse racing. "Wide-open
  town" where "a dishonest man could make an honest living" and mobsters
  could relax [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/invaders

[15]The Disconnect
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IuEc71

Nathan Heller | New Yorker | 9 April 2012

Half of US residents are now single. "Does aloneness deserve a less
  untoward image? Aside from monastic seclusion, which is just another
  way of being together, it is hard to come up with a solitary life that
  doesn’t invite pity" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/disconnect

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Dava Sobel on the Early History of Astronomy
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dava-sobel-on-early-history-astronomy

The biographer of Copernicus and Galileo tells us about the men whose
  painstaking work changed our understanding of Earth’s place in the
  universe [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dava-sobel-on-early-history-astronomy

Featured Special Report

[19]North Korea
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/north-korea

Following Kim Jong-il's death, we look back at the legacy of his
  tyrannical rule over North Korea [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/north-korea

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav Economists Have a Lot to Learn From the
  Weather [22]t.co/Oq56u5d1 via @[23]BloombergView [24]#browsings
  [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-08/economists-have-a-lot-to-learn-from-the-weather.html
      23. http://twitter.com/BloombergView
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/rameau’s-nephew-by-denis-diderot

[27]Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/rameau’s-nephew-by-denis-diderot

[28]AC Grayling says: “Perhaps the most immediately accessible and
  readable of his works… it picks up on these themes which are central to
  the Enlightenment” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Bang Goes The Theory
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bank-goes-theory

Johnny Ball estimates the number of taxis in London using
  capture/recapture [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]E.B. White, on punctuation
    Links:
      32. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/fanfare-for-the-comma-man

“Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a
    circus act, outlining the victim”

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

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