Newsletter 673


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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 Endangered Public Company
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/Kyup2x

Anonymous | Economist | 18 May 2012

Public companies "filled the world with cars and televisions and
  computers. They brought transparency to business life and opportunities
  to small investors." But now many companies choose to stay private.
  Does it matter? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/endangered-public-company

[7]Israel In Peril
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/KyATP0

David Shulman | NYRB | 18 May 2012

"Israeli policy is almost entirely mortgaged to the settler enterprise,
  to the appropriation of more and more Palestinian land." With such
  disenfranchisement, "every passing day makes a South African trajectory
  more likely" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/israel-peril

[9]Investigating JPMorgan Chase
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/JlWN2o

Simon Johnson | NYT | 17 May 2012

JPMorgan Chase is too big to fail; it operates with the implicit
  backing of the US government. So its recent trading losses should be
  investigated independently. In the same way as air crashes and near
  misses are investigated [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/investigating-jpmorgan-chase

[11]The Peculiar Legacies Of Walter Scott
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/Mlgw8l

John Sutherland | TLS | 16 May 2012

Two centuries on, his books are scarcely read—but his influence is
  immortal. His stories and characters live on in operas, plays, films
  and children's books. The popular narrative of Scotland is still
  largely his invention [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/peculiar-legacies-walter-scott

[13]Preying On The Poor
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/KyBwb8

Barbara Ehrenreich | Huffington Post/TomDispatch | 17 May 2012

Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves. Collectively,
  they provide a juicy target. "The trick is to rob them in ways that are
  systematic, impersonal, and almost impossible to trace to individual
  perpetrators" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/preying-poor

[15]Ken Doyle, Safecracker
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/JQWvol

Suzanne Yeagley | McSweeney's | 12 May 2012

Interview. Not burglar, but locksmith. "Usually the victims are
  children or seniors. Grandpa is busy examining the contents of his safe
  deposit box at closing time when a bank employee performs the
  vault-closing procedure" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ken-doyle-safecracker

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Philip Ball on the Origins of Curiosity
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-ball-on-origins-curiosity

Modern science emerged only when it became acceptable to ask any
  question about anything – and that required erosion of traditional
  hierarchies, says the science writer [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-ball-on-origins-curiosity

Featured Special Report

[19]Crime & Thriller Writing
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/crime-thriller-writing

Leading writers discuss their genre and select their top five essential
  reads, plus selected articles on the murky world of thrillers and
  whodunnits [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/crime-thriller-writing

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k Cameron is consigning the UK to stagnation | Martin Wolf | FT
  [21]t.co/3orVmS0B h/t TimHarford #austerity [22]#browsings [23]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/3orVmS0B
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/louisiana-saturday-night-by-alex-v-cook

[25]Louisiana Saturday Night by Alex V Cook
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/louisiana-saturday-night-by-alex-v-cook

[26]Keith Spera says: “Alex wrote what is essentially a guidebook
  crossed with a travelogue of these tiny local dance halls. Some of them
  are like travelling back in time” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/keith-spera-on-music-new-orleans
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Ken Burns On Story
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/ken-burns-story

"The stories where one and one equals three, those are the stories I am
  interested in" [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Michael Sandel, on democracy
    Links:
      30. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/17/what-money-cant-buy-michael-sandel-review

"Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require
    that citizens share a common life"

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

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