Newsletter 665


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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]The Woman Who Lives In A Shed
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ILcMYb

Amelia Gentleman | Guardian | 9 May 2012

Shocking report from London. Priced out of housing market, some are
  forced to rent garden sheds. One family pay to live in a walk-in
  freezer. Landlords happy to cash in. What does this say about free
  markets, capitalism, society? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. https://thebrowser.com/articles/woman-who-lives-shed

[7]Jumping Through Hoops
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/KmGki4

Michael Joseph Gross | Vanity Fair | 9 May 2012

Enjoyable account of London's long and expensive journey from candidate
  city to host of 2012 Olympics. Contract enforces extraordinary
  commercial demands and allows IOC to act like a state within a state.
  Was it all worth it? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. https://thebrowser.com/articles/jumping-through-hoops

[9]In Libya, The Captors Have Become The Captive
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/KFraY8

Robert Worth | NYT | 9 May 2012

Gripping report on a turning of the tables in Libya. Many of the
  Gaddafi regime's jailers and torturers are now themselves in prison.
  Where their victims may confront them, and in some cases exact
  retribution [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. https://thebrowser.com/articles/libya-captors-have-become-captive

[11]How A Radical Greek Rescue Plan Fell Short
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/K1zdfl

Marcus Walker | WSJ | 10 May 2012

Excellent on recent destruction of Greece. Papandreou begged Merkel to
  soften terms of bailout. Merkel refused, said pain was necessary: "We
  want to make sure nobody else will want this." There's European
  solidarity for you [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. https://thebrowser.com/articles/how-radical-greek-rescue-plan-fell-short

[13]President Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Endorsement
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IExHNH

Jonathan Rauch | Brookings | 9 May 2012

"With his switch from ambivalence to advocacy, Obama is sending a
  signal to the courts that the country is ready for gay marriage, giving
  them cover to uphold it. Courts like to stay within the mainstream.
  Obama has just moved it" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. https://thebrowser.com/articles/president-obamas-same-sex-marriage-endorsement

[15]Kidnapped By Pirates At Sea? Here's How Economics Can Save You
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Jscx7S

Gabriel Rossman | Atlantic | 8 May 2012

"Economists would describe hostage negotiation as a bilateral monopoly
  price negotiation that is structurally just a special case of chicken."
  Only two things matter: Willingness to accept failure, and capacity to
  pay [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. https://thebrowser.com/articles/kidnapped-pirates-sea-heres-how-economics-can-save-you

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Stuart Clark on Astronomers
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/stuart-clark-on-astronomers

Can’t tell your nebula from your black hole? The New Scientist writer
  introduces us to some of the wonders of the universe and tells the
  stories of astronomers who discovered them [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/stuart-clark-on-astronomers

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]SarahMenkedick Remaking Kigali: A 21st century Rwanda built by
  Rwandans: [22]t.co/ATFYFDNy  #[23]longreads
  #[24]travelreads #[25]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/SarahMenkedick
      22. http://t.co/ATFYFDNy
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longreads
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#travelreads
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

[26]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/narrow-road-deep-north-by-matsuo-basho

[28]The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/narrow-road-deep-north-by-matsuo-basho

[29]Edmund de Waal says: “He was a 17th century haiku poet, and this is
  the record of his journey through the Japanese countryside. It’s a very
  beautiful travelogue” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edmund-de-waal-on-inspiration-writing-and-art
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Obama Supports Gay Marriage
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/obama-supports-gay-marriage

The president of the United States just moved the mainstream [32]More
  videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Peter Singer, on reasoning
    Links:
      33. http://crookedtimber.org/2012/03/19/fairness-and-fish

"If we do not understand what an escalator is, we might get on it
    intending to go a few meters, only to find that once we are on, it
    is difficult to avoid going all the way to the end. Similarly, once
    reasoning has got started it is hard to tell where it will stop"

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

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