Newsletter 658


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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]An Audacious Promise: The Moral Case For Capitalism
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/JVIW82

James Otteson | Manhattan Institute | 1 May 2012

"A widespread consensus is that capitalism might be necessary to
  deliver the goods but fails to meet moral muster. By contrast,
  socialism, while perhaps not practical, is morally superior." Sharp
  essay suggests a more subtle stance [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. https://thebrowser.com/articles/audacious-promise-moral-case-capitalism

[7]On Tiger Moms
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/K3SnAC

Julie Park | The Point | 24 April 2012

Clever, nuanced essay reconsiders Amy Chua's parenting advice.
  "Precisely because I was raised in a Tiger Mom world, but rebelled
  against it, I understand where Chua is coming from, but I can also see
  what remains invisible to her" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. https://thebrowser.com/articles/tiger-moms

[9]Inside The Wild Life And Dramatic Fall Of The Nerd Who Burned Hollywood
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/IwLoR3

Daniel Miller & Matthew Belloni | Hollywood Reporter | 2 May 2012

Best piece yet on the notorious Kim Dotcom, and file-sharing website
  Megaupload. "His plan was to create a more artist-friendly distribution
  platform where creators would get paid more than they do when Apple
  sells their product" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. https://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-wild-life-and-dramatic-fall-nerd-who-burned-hollywood

[11]France's Choice: Naughty Child Or Colourless Adult?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/IIR9qD

John Kay | John Kay/FT | 2 May 2012

"Nicolas Sarkozy is the small boy at the back of the class who
  endlessly drew attention to himself." His rival for the presidency,
  Francois Hollande, is a decent, colourless adult. A bringer of change
  in France? Don't bet on it [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. https://thebrowser.com/articles/frances-choice-naughty-child-or-colourless-adult

[13]Becoming Obama
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/JeS446

David Maraniss | Vanity Fair | 2 May 2012

Revisiting the young Barack Obama and his life in New York, with help
  from collected letters of a former girlfriend. "Even when he was
  uncertain about much else, Obama seemed hyper-alert to avoiding a
  future he did not want" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. https://thebrowser.com/articles/becoming-obama

[15]One Universe Among Many?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ITEMZN

Martin Rees | Prospect | 24 April 2012

Is there a more engaging scientist writing today than Martin Rees? Here
  he talks us through latest research from the frontiers of cosmology:
  "What we’ve traditionally called the laws of nature may be no more than
  parochial bylaws" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. https://thebrowser.com/articles/one-universe-among-many

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Roland Chambers on Revolutionary Russia
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-chambers-on-revolutionary-russia

The Russian revolution was the beginning of the modern age, says the
  award-winning author. He tells us what Solzhenitsyn imagined Lenin was
  like, and about the children’s author who led a double life as a spy in
  Bolshevik Russia [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-chambers-on-revolutionary-russia

Featured Special Report

[19]France Votes
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

Opinion polls suggest the Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, is
  well placed to eject Nicolas Sarkozy from the presidency. On Sunday,
  French voters will decide [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

Reader Recommendations

[21]rszbt You have a duty to be interesting: MT @[22]tracyalloway: The
  lost art of asking a question: [23]t.co/pnQc4Icx via
  @[24]farnamstreet"  #[25]browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://twitter.com/tracyalloway
      23. http://t.co/pnQc4Icx
      24. http://twitter.com/farnamstreet
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/diary-madman-and-other-stories-by-lu-xun

[28]Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/diary-madman-and-other-stories-by-lu-xun

[29]Chris Livaccari says: Lu Xun is venerated as the first modern
  Chinese writer. I have a book of his stories in Chinese sitting on my
  shelf right now, titled “The Father of Modern Chinese Literature”.
  [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/chris-livaccari-on-language-and-culture-china
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]History Of Whistling
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/history-whistling

Twenty-six songs, spanning almost a century of whistling, in three
  minutes [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Billy Wilder, on screenwriting
    Links:
      33. http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/03/advice-from-billy-wilder.html

"If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in
    the first act"

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

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