Newsletter 678


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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]Latter-Day Politics
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/KLWHCN

Amy Davidson | New Yorker | 23 May 2012

"In the interest of civility and electoral prudence, neither Obama nor
  Romney can initiate a conversation about what it means to be Mormon.
  The rest of us should, because the story is complicated, fascinating,
  and utterly American" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/latter-day-politics

[8]I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/KRYIgB

Toomas Hendrik Ilves | Policy Review | 30 March 2012

View from Estonia. Europe demanded solidarity among its members without
  also enforcing responsibility. Profligate countries got a free ride on
  the back of thrifty ones. At last the thrifty are crying "enough", and
  rightly so [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/i’ll-gladly-pay-you-tuesday

[10]Essentialism: A Conversation
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/KeN69c

Bruce Hood | Edge | 17 May 2012

Starts slowly, but skip through the first dozen paragraphs to the stuff
  on sentimental objects, and it's absolutely gripping. "The question is,
  would a child think that a machine that duplicates objects could
  duplicate minds?" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/essentialism-conversation

[12]Transfiguration
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/LGiLEr

Raffi Khatchadourian | New Yorker | 13 February 2012

Just ungated. Dallas Wiens lost his face in an electrical accident.
  Burned down to the skull. Surgeons gave him another one. A transplant.
  Procedure is new, rare, long and complicated. 19 tried. Only this one
  has worked well [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/transfiguration

[14]And He Stoned Me
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/Lc6Vza

Ray Dolan | Times Higher Education | 24 May 2012

Fan of 40 years reflects on music of Van Morrison: "If the music of
  Astral Weeks had mined a deep vein of human pain then Moondance
  provided an acute contrast, being in equal measure romantic,
  life-affirming and celebratory" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/and-he-stoned-me

[16]Great Gatsby: A Story For The Modern Age
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/KdYFNw

Philip Hensher | Telegraph | 23 May 2012

On the Gatsby renaissance. Why now? "The novel, with its clear sense
  that money comes and goes, and that detachment from opulence is as
  empty a gesture as indulgence in it, seems to come to mind whenever we
  aren't doing so well" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/great-gatsby-story-modern-age

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Louise Foxcroft on the History of Medicine and Addiction
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/louise-foxcroft-on-history-medicine-and-addiction

The historian prescribes reading on medical practices of the past, from
  treatments of madness and non-existent disease, to drug use and the
  origins of hypochondria [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/louise-foxcroft-on-history-medicine-and-addiction

Featured Special Report

[20]Democracy
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Are Western states true democracies? Has democracy become a casualty of
  the financial crisis? Can you have too much democracy? Read on to find
  out [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Reader Recommendations

[22]rszbt A get-out-of-jail-free card: Time to shoot the black swan?
  Still a good read: [23]t.co/0oljdNEN  #[24]browsings
  @[25]nicholasdunbar [26]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      23. http://t.co/0oljdNEN
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/nicholasdunbar
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/brave-new-world-by-aldous-huxley

[28]Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/brave-new-world-by-aldous-huxley

[29]John Quiggin says: “The lesson I draw from this is that the purpose
  of utopia is not so much as an achieved state, as to give people the
  freedom to pursue their own projects” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-quiggin-on-utopia
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]The Brotherhood and Mubarak
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/brotherhood-and-mubarak

Thirty years of Islamism in Egypt, from assassination to revolution
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Anton Chekhov, on art
    Links:
      33. http://snarkmarket.com/2012/7789

"You confuse two things: solving a problem, and stating a problem
    correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for the artist"

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

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