Newsletter 641


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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]My Life As A Failed Country Gentleman
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/HWFk38

PJ O'Rourke | WSJ | 13 April 2012

Farming sounds fun until you try it. "Raccoons eat the corn, squash and
  tomatoes. Freezing rain take cares of everything else." But all is not
  lost. "I've formed an inviolate bond with the land. The bank calls it a
  mortgage" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-life-failed-country-gentleman

[7]In Conversation: Barney Frank
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HC6Jpo

Jason Zengerle | New York | 15 April 2012

Candid and caustic Massachusetts congressman discusses 30 years in
  Washington. Interesting throughout. On Republicans today: "Half of them
  are Michele Bachmann. The other half are afraid of losing a primary to
  Michele Bachmann" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/conversation-barney-frank

[9]Karma Crash
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/IqOeo0

Vanessa Grigoriadis | New York | 15 April 2012

"John Friend was the charismatic leader of a feel-good, all-American
  yoga empire, 600,000 strong and counting. Then his disciples discovered
  that their guru smoked pot, had sex with his students, and ran a Wiccan
  coven." Oops [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/karma-crash

[11]A Season In Hell
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HUrHCk

Mark Dery | BoingBoing | 12 April 2012

Cancer survivor's meditation on pain. "I’m feeling nigh unto death,
  driven half-mad by a nasogastric tube running up my nose and down my
  throat, pumping a bilious green froth of stomach acid and half-digested
  goop out of my belly" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/season-hell

[13]Read This Book, Obama!
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IXJeLk

David Frum | Newsweek | 15 April 2012

Robert Caro has reached volume four of his great biography of Lyndon
  Johnson, and the moment when government suddenly shifted. JFK was gone
  and it was up to his ungainly, unethical successor to turn rhetoric
  into legal reality [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/read-book-obama

[15]Why Did Kobe Go To Germany?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Iu4GH4

Jonah Lehrer | Grantland | 11 April 2012

Kobe Bryant is well past the age when NBA performance usually
  nosedives. How does he do it? One of the keys may be a new therapy he's
  had, in which his own tissues were extracted, manipulated, and then
  reintroduced to his body [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-did-kobe-go-germany

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Dennis McDougal on Southern California
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dennis-mcdougal-on-southern-california

The writer dubbed “LA’s number one muckraker” peels away the phoney
  baloney to tell us about power, pollution and pulp fiction in the City
  of Angels [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dennis-mcdougal-on-southern-california

Featured Special Report

[19]American Prisons
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/american-prisons

An epidemic of incarceration. A prison system that provides neither
  retributive justice nor rehabilitation. Is this America's moral
  catastrophe? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/american-prisons

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's
  Sergey Brin [22]t.co/luU0PP2t via @[23]guardian [24]#browsings [25]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/15/web-freedom-threat-google-brin?CMP=twt_gu
      23. http://twitter.com/guardian
      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/art-peace-by-erasmus

[27]The Art of Peace by Erasmus
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/art-peace-by-erasmus

[28]John Gittings says: “Erasmus marks the start of a discussion about
  peace which you can trace onwards from the Renaissance and up to the
  present day”[29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gittings-on-peace
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Great American Foreclosure Song
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/great-american-foreclosure-song

ProPublica enjoyed the mortgage crisis so much that it wrote a little
  song about it [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Clay Shirky, on publishing
    Links:
      32. http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/04/our-publishers-ourselves.html

"That's not a job any more. That's a button"

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

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