Newsletter 648


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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]Get Rich U
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/I8YYqe

Ken Auletta | New Yorker | 23 April 2012

If the Ivy League was the breeding ground for old elites, Stanford is
  the farm system for Silicon Valley. But with many students there
  developing a gold-rush mentality, is it striking the right balance
  between commerce and learning? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/get-rich-u

[7]How To Follow Our Weird Politics
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/JoRMMh

Michael Tomasky | NYRB | 19 April 2012

Is it still the economy, stupid? No one would say economic conditions
  are unimportant in determining the outcome of elections, but how much
  do campaigns matter? Tomasky weighs up Romney vs Obama, 2012
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-follow-our-weird-politics

[9]Word Order
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/K1Df3k

Lewis Lapham | TomDispatch | 22 April 2012

On language, information, technological change. The Internet may be a
  marvellous machine, but it scans everything and hears nothing, as
  tone-deaf as the filtering devices of the Pentagon (Starts after
  seven-paragraph introduction) [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/word-order

[11]Greetings From The New Africa
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/IKAyo1

Richard Dowden | WSJ | 20 April 2012

It's a lot better than you think. "Most African countries have enjoyed
  more than a decade of economic growth at rates we in the West can only
  dream about." Two big new forces for growth: Chinese investment, and
  mobile phones [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greetings-new-africa

[13]Shift Happens
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/Jkj1ms

David Weinberger | Chronicle Review | 22 April 2012

Thomas Kuhn's "Structure Of Scientific Revolutions" rewrote the history
  of science, by introducing the concept of "paradigm shift". Science
  advances not by single ideas, but by systems of ideas, which displace
  one another [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/shift-happens

[15]In Defence Of Obscure Words
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IjH0Tg

Will Self | BBC | 20 April 2012

Learning requires effort. And that is how it should be. So it's dismal
  to see "the traditional set texts chopped up into boneless nuggets of
  McKnowledge, and students encouraged to do their research – such as it
  is – on the web" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/defence-obscure-words

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Kenneth Mack on Race and the Law
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenneth-mack-on-race-and-law

The American law scholar discusses the warring ideals of egalitarianism
  and exclusion at the heart of US politics and law, from the founding of
  the nation up to the present day [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenneth-mack-on-race-and-law

Featured Special Report

[19]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but
  is middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k MT @[22]EpicureanDeal: This NY Times article on Wal-Mart
  is what investigative journalism is for and can be. [23]t.co/fFfcZjOT
  [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/EpicureanDeal
      23. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?_r=2
      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/technology-and-american-society-by-gary-cross-and-rick-szostak

[27]Technology and American Society by Gary Cross and Rick Szostak
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/technology-and-american-society-by-gary-cross-and-rick-szostak

[28]Michael Lind says: “This book is really useful – for example, on
  how electricity transformed the household. Women in particular were
  liberated from drudgery”  [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-lind-on-american-economic-history
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Martin Amis's Eulogy for Christopher Hitchens
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/martin-amiss-eulogy-christopher-hitchens

"Not always rational, and by no means always prudent, but penetratingly
  sane. He knew who he was"
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Scott Adams, on babies
    Links:
      32. http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/slowing_the_decline_in_your_personal_appeal

Humans start their lives at the peak of their popularity. You will
  never regain the personal appeal you enjoyed as a baby
  [33]More quotes
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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