Newsletter 655


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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]Red Flag In The Flowerpot
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IhOHJp

Jeff Himmelman | New York | 29 April 2012

Forty years since Watergate, the fascination endures. Researcher goes
  through Ben Bradlee's attic, finds old notes raising new doubts. Did a
  grand juror leak information to Bernstein? Did Bradlee doubt Deep
  Throat story? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/red-flag-flowerpot

[7]Air France Flight 447: 'Damn It, We’re Going To Crash'
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/Jl99qE

Nick Ross & Neil Tweedie | Telegraph | 27 April 2012

Airbus went down three years ago in equatorial waters between Brazil
  and Africa. 228 dead. Two years to find flight recorders, another year
  to write report. Official verdict: Pilot error. But why didn't other
  crew members intervene? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/air-france-flight-447-damn-it-we’re-going-crash

[9]Machine Politics
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/IkIltQ

David Kushner | New Yorker | 30 April 2012

George Hotz started the hacker wars. The grungy teenager from New
  Jersey was the first person to unlock an iPhone. But it was when he
  defeated Sony's PS3 that things started getting really out of hand
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/machine-politics

[11]Taking Risks With The Economy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/JiZuB5

Will Davies | Our Kingdom | 28 April 2012

Five years into the crisis, "The implicit association between the
  modern state and large financial institutions has become explicit. It
  is no longer possible to specify exactly where the state ends and the
  banking system begins" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/taking-risks-economy

[13]The First Global Man
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/Km8lTl

Jeremy Adelman | Foreign Affairs | 26 April 2012

"It is no secret that globalization has been a disaster for some and a
  boon to others. That it has been the cause of great ecological
  transformations, dating back to Columbus' arrival in the Americas, is
  less well understood" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/first-global-man

[15]Unexceptionalism: A Primer
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IAHINg

EL Doctorow | NYT | 28 April 2012

If you wanted to ruin America then you would lead it into a futile war,
  attack civil liberties, impoverish the schools, enlarge the prisons,
  increase corporate power, make the rich richer ... Oh, hang on a minute
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unexceptionalism-primer

FiveBooks Interview

[17]William St Clair on Reading the Romantics
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

Who read Byron in his time? How much did a copy of Wordsworth cost? The
  scholar guides us through the astonishing history of reading in the
  Romantic period of English literature [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

Featured Special Report

[19]Democracy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Are Western states true democracies? Has democracy become a casualty of
  the financial crisis? Can you have too much democracy? Read on to find
  out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Reader Recommendations

[21]smiler29 Interesting take on gay marriage being too "conservative"
  for the true gay radical @[22]Nero #[23]browsings [24]t.co/p4v3iVUL
  [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/smiler29
      22. http://twitter.com/Nero
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/04/how-conservatives-hijacked-gay-movement
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/journals-james-boswell-by-james-boswell

[27]The Journals of James Boswell by James Boswell
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/journals-james-boswell-by-james-boswell

[28]Faramerz Dabhoiwala says: His diaries give us a first-hand view of
  the sex life of an 18th century gentleman with a rather powerful sex
  drive. That in itself is fascinating. [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]Just How Small is an Atom?
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/just-how-small-atom

With a little help from blueberries and a football stadium
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Tim Parks, on Milan
    Links:
      32. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/29/tim-parks-reflects-on-milan-italy.html

"There’s always a fine sadness about Milan’s economic power, as if
    this isn’t quite what Italians would ever want a city to be"

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

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