Newsletter 682


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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]In Thrall Of The Empire Of The Sons
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MUA5Cp

John Garnaut | Sydney Morning Herald | 26 May 2012

Fascinating article on nepotism and corruption of China's
  "princelings", children of Communist party leaders. "Society and
  economy are being held hostage to the wealth-maximising requirements of
  the political elite" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/thrall-empire-sons

[8]The End Of The Euro
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MUsvaU

Simon Johnson & Peter Boone | Huffington Post | 27 May 2012

"European politicians are now telling us that an orderly exit for
  Greece is feasible under current conditions, and Greece will be the
  only nation that leaves. They are wrong." Here's why, and how crisis
  could turn to catastrophe [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/end-euro

[10]A Psychotronic Childhood
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/K65W5y

Colson Whitehead | New Yorker | 28 May 2012

Remembering a childhood of horror movies. "It was survival training. 'A
  Clockwork Orange,' which I saw several times before I was 10, taught me
  more about not opening my door to strangers than a hundred
  school-assembly lectures" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/psychotronic-childhood

[12]The Great Gatsby And The American Dream
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/KqBboA

Sarah Churchwell | Guardian | 25 May 2012

"The phrase the American dream was invented to describe a failure, not
  a promise: Or rather, a broken promise, a dream that was continually
  faltering beneath rampant monopoly capitalism." Fitzgerald, like few
  others, saw it coming [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-gatsby-and-american-dream-0

[14]Why We Lie
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/Kqv836

Dan Ariely | WSJ | 25 May 2012

"We tend to think that people are either honest or dishonest. But that
  is not how dishonesty works." In a series of experiments, Ariely
  discovers how, why, and by how much people cheat. The answers may
  surprise (h/t Daniel Lippman) [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-we-lie-0

[16]The Beach Boys’ Crazy Summer
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/MSAdF4

Andrew Romano | Newsweek | 27 May 2012

Assessment of broken pop icon Brian Wilson. Decades of LSD and cocaine
  abuse, coupled with "weapons-grade antipsychotics" hurried his descent
  to voice-hearing manic depressive. Can a Beach Boys reunion tour help
  to mend him? [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beach-boys’-crazy-summer

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Lee Camp on Political Satire
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lee-camp-on-political-satire

Humour can be better than mainstream media at speaking truth to power,
  says the American comedian and activist. He discusses masters of the
  art, from Jon Stewart to Joseph Heller [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lee-camp-on-political-satire

Featured Special Report

[20]Consciousness
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

What is it? Where did it come from? How can we learn more about it?
  Here's a quick look at what we do and don't know about consciousness
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

Reader Recommendations

@[22]lewis_baston RT @[23]prospect_uk: If the EU ignores Hungary's
  assault on democracy, then what is it
  for?[24]t.co/o42UPiu4 #[25]NewProspect [26]#browsings [27]More like
  this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/lewis_baston
      23. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      24. http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/euro-crisis/threat-hungary-governments-european-union
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#NewProspect
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/luzhin-defense-by-vladimir-nabokov

[29]The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/luzhin-defense-by-vladimir-nabokov

[30]Dominic Lawson says: “ The Luzhin Defense is far and away the best
  novel written about chess players. It deals with chess and madness,
  which is an intriguing topic”[31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dominic-lawson-on-chess
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]From Love To Bingo
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/love-bingo

Best short film of the year so far, entirely made from Getty Images
  stock photos [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Paul Fussell, on disillusion
    Links:
      34. http://harpers.org/sponsor/thewar/wwiiharpers/my-war-how-i-got-irony-in-the-infantry/index.html

"To become disillusioned you must earlier have been illusioned"

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

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