Newsletter 674


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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 Spain Will Leave the Euro
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/JDTR7I

Michael Pettis | Economonitor | 18 May 2012

Just a matter of time. Painful, but no politically workable
  alternative. "The country has already started on the self-reinforcing
  downward spiral that leads to a crisis, and there is no one big enough
  to reverse the spiral" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. https://thebrowser.com/articles/why-spain-will-leave-euro

[7]Lunch With The FT: Cornel West
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/JDVIJr

Anna Fifield | FT | 19 May 2012

Main topic: Losing faith in Obama. He overpromised, underdelivered.
  “It’s like a novelist being obsessed with Tolstoy or Proust, and then
  he ends up writing short stories that can barely get into some
  middlebrow magazine." Ouch [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. https://thebrowser.com/articles/lunch-ft-cornel-west

[9]Hitler's Very Own Hot Jazz Band
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/KysaMB

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 17 May 2012

Goebbels knew he had to engage the public, at home and abroad. "It was
  an effort that led directly to the creation of that oxymoron in
  four-bar form: A Nazi-approved, state-sponsored hot jazz band known as
  Charlie and His Orchestra" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. https://thebrowser.com/articles/hitlers-very-own-hot-jazz-band

[11]Fresno
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/Jl25Sk

Anonymous | n+1 | 18 May 2012

Essay. On growing up in an unhappy family in a blighted American town.
  "Fresno is amorphous, a conical blob that looks like a piece of bubble
  gum squashed against a sidewalk". Downtown died in the 1970s. Gangs
  took over the streets [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. https://thebrowser.com/articles/fresno

[13]Addicts, Mythmakers And Philosophers
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/JCNnUu

Alan Brody | Philosophy Now | 17 May 2012

Addiction assessed via philosophy. "For Socrates, ‘yielding to
  temptation’ is not being unwillingly overpowered, but is the experience
  of being a willing participant choosing what is at that moment wrongly
  thought to be best" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. https://thebrowser.com/articles/addicts-mythmakers-and-philosophers

[15]What A Physics Student Can Teach Us About How Visitors Walk Through A
Museum
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/KyvV4T

Henry Adams | Smithsonian | 16 May 2012

Enjoyable blogpost on how people interact with museum exhibits.
  Suggests we often look at paintings for just three seconds, and very
  rarely for more than 45. Fine art encourages us to walk in orderly
  fashion, but not so modern art [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. https://thebrowser.com/articles/what-physics-student-can-teach-us-about-how-visitors-walk-through-museum

FiveBooks Interview

[17]May Berenbaum on Bugs
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs

Insects outnumber us, outweigh us, and without them ecosystems would
  collapse. In short, we live on their planet. The entomologist explains
  why we should value bugs more – even, or especially, the carrion
  beetles and dung feeders[18]Read on
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs

Featured Special Report

[19]Human Modification
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
  What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
  with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Reader Recommendations

[21]outsidemagazine Last Ones Left in a Toxic Kansas Town
  #[22]longform #[23]longreads  #[24]browsings  [25]t.co/WfvI8By0
  [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/outsidemagazine
      22. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longform
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longreads
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://t.co/WfvI8By0
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/britain’s-gulag-brutal-end-empire-kenya-by-caroline-elkins

[28]Britain’s Gulag by Caroline Elkins
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/britain’s-gulag-brutal-end-empire-kenya-by-caroline-elkins

[29]Julia Lovell says: "This book raises very important and broad
  questions about how we in Britain remember our imperial past"
  [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/julia-lovell-on-opium-war
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Love Letter To Plywood
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/love-letter-plywood

Very probably the finest short video ever made in praise of plywood
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Andrew Brown, on religion
    Links:
      33. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/may/17/buddhism-supernatural

"One of the central religious yearnings is for platitudes to be
    true"

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

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