Newsletter 661


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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]Why Are Russians Attracted To Strong Leaders?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IvAbwz

Geoffrey Hosking | OUP Blog | 4 May 2012

"They fear both external invasion and internal subversion. Their
  frontiers are very long and open. They have suffered invasion many
  times. Russians will support almost any regime which offers them
  security from attack" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. https://thebrowser.com/articles/why-are-russians-attracted-strong-leaders

[7]What Retail Is Hired To Do
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/K09PYI

Horace Dediu and Dirk Schmidt | Asymco | 4 May 2012

Comparative study of Ikea's and Apple's retail strategies. "Both
  operations are positioned around a job-to-be-done that has a high
  priority in people’s life". At Apple, learn about technology. At Ikea,
  furnish your home [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. https://thebrowser.com/articles/what-retail-hired-do

[9]A Conversation With Sherry Turkle
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/Kzrmm9

James Nolan | Hedgehog Review | 30 April 2012

MIT professor discusses social networks, and social robots. "People
  feel that they are not being heard, that no one is listening. They have
  a fantasy that finally, in a machine, they will have a nonjudgmental
  companion" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. https://thebrowser.com/articles/conversation-sherry-turkle

[11]Consuming Women
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/IrNq2D

Ian Sinclair & Jennifer Hayashi Danns | New Left Project | 3 May 2012

Former lap dancer speaks out against the industry she left. "Lap
  dancing is just an effect of a society that does not truly value women
  and, as hard as it may be to accept, a society in which women do not
  value themselves" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. https://thebrowser.com/articles/consuming-women

[13]Tokyo Through The Letterbox
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/KoHwnO

Pachiguy | Spike Japan | 4 May 2012

Rust-porn ramble through Mishima's Tokyo: "Unshaven, unshowered Tokyo,
  Tokyo with its make-up off last thing at night, a place of battered
  plastic bottles strapped with green duct tape and nylon string around a
  lamppost" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. https://thebrowser.com/articles/tokyo-through-letterbox

[15]Liberalism After Liberalism
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IJpQ6c

Wilfred McClay | First Things | 24 April 2012

"Like other key words of American political and cultural discourse, the
  term liberalism suffers from a frustrating, even maddening, degree of
  ambiguity and imprecision in the way it is used." Here's how it's
  meaning has shifted [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. https://thebrowser.com/articles/liberalism-after-liberalism

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Ma Jian on Chinese Dissident Literature
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Writers in China are afraid to criticise their state and society, says
  the London-based author. He picks five works of Chinese literature,
  from the 3rd century BC to 2008, which show how it’s done [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Featured Special Report

[19]Population and Resources
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Will humans run out of natural resources? Is population growth a danger
  to society? Or will human innovation conquer? You decide [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Reader Recommendations

[21]nuzav Never Mind Europe. Worry About
  India. [22]t.co/4MB727an #[23]Browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://t.co/4MB727an
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/letter-women-england-by-mary-robinson

[26]A Letter to the Women of England by Mary Robinson
    Links:
      26. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/letter-women-england-by-mary-robinson

[27]Faramerz Dabhoiwala says:  Mary Robinson, whose stage name was
  Perdita and who was known as Mary “Perdita” Robinson, really epitomises
  the new opportunities for women that opened up in the 18th century.
  [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/faramerz-dabhoiwala-on-18th-century-sexual-revolution?page=2
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]The Economist: Animated Style Guide
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/videos/economist-animated-style-guide

Cartoonist KAL explains, inter alia, the difference between blooded and
  bloodied [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Darryl Pinckney, on black history
    Links:
      31. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/may/24/big-changes-black-america

"Although black people are in the mainstream, black history isn’t,
    because basic things about the history of being black in America
    have to be explained again and again"

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

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