Newsletter 675


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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

[6]The Yankee Comandante
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/LaoSL7

David Grann | New Yorker | 21 May 2012

Long, gripping story of William Alexander Morgan, US citizen and one of
  only two foreign nationals (the other was Che Guevara) to hold rank of
  comandante in Cuban revolutionary army. But who was he really?
  [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/yankee-comandante

[8]A Life Worth Ending
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/JfWqYO

Michael Wolff | New York | 20 May 2012

Son's plea to let his mother go. "By promoting longevity and
  technologically inhibiting death, we have created a new biological
  status held by an ever-growing part of the nation, a no-exit state
  nearly as remote from life as death" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-worth-ending

[10]Welcome To The Multiverse
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/JJJEoi

Brian Greene | Newsweek | 21 May 2012

Notion that there are more universes separate from ours is one of the
  most polarising concepts to have emerged from physics in decades. Is it
  the next phase in our understanding of reality, or nonsense? And why
  should we care? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/welcome-multiverse

[12]Brothel, Washington DC
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/Mzvdow

Michael Merriam | n+1 | 17 May 2012

In which the author manages a brothel in the nation's capital for a few
  weeks until fired for alcoholism. The money isn't much good. But the
  work is varied, the people interesting and the fund of filthy stories
  incomparable [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/brothel-washington-dc

[14]The Trouble With Scientism
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/JqlEZg

Philip Kitcher | New Republic | 4 May 2012

Superb short essay in defence of the humanities as a form of knowledge,
  and as a valuable partner for science. "Culture appears to be at some
  level autonomous and in some sense irreducible, and this is what
  scientism cannot grasp" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trouble-scientism

[16]The Ultimate Counterfeiter Isn't A Crook - He's An Artist
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/KTpVlV

David Wolman | Wired | 18 May 2012

Story of Hans-Jürgen Kuhl. Made fortune in leather hot pants. Bankrupt,
  turned to "art". His quest? A perfect $100 bill. "Warhol copied
  currency, and his prints are now priceless. Kuhl copied currency, got
  busted, and is now broke" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ultimate-counterfeiter-isnt-crook-hes-artist

FiveBooks Interview

[18]John Quiggin on Utopia
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-quiggin-on-utopia

The Australian economist and author of Zombie Economics says we need to
  inspire people with a view of a better society that we can achieve
  within our available resources [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-quiggin-on-utopia

Featured Special Report

[20]Israel and Iran
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Will Israel bomb Iran? What is it telling the US, and what will
  Washington do? And where does Iran stand? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Reader Recommendations

@JeffreyNewman RT @polit2k: Heist of the century: Wall Street's role in
  the financial crisis [22]t.co/Ql4l2Khh via @guardian #gfc2
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
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      22. http://t.co/Ql4l2Khh
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/age-wonder-by-richard-holmes

[26]The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/age-wonder-by-richard-holmes

[27]Philip Ball says: “The wonder that Richard Holmes is thinking about
  in this book was an emergent appreciation of the awesomeness of nature”
  [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-ball-on-origins-curiosity
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Bridge To Russky Island
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bridge-russy-island

Off Vladivostok. Longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Yes, it is
  high. They lived [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Susan Sontag, on aphorisms
    Links:
      31. http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/magazine/103068/susan-sontag-journals-notebooks-consciousness-harnessed-flesh?page=0,1

“Aphorisms are rogue ideas”

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

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