Newsletter 683


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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]Hope: The Sequel
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/K45Wm1

John Heilemann | New York | 27 May 2012

President Obama's 2008 campaign traded on hope and his likeability.
  This time around will be different. Circumstances dictate that it will
  be a nakedly political campaign, instilling fear about what a Romney
  presidency would bring [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hope-sequel

[8]The Great Taliban Jailbreak
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MVnpOf

Luke Mogelson | GQ | 29 May 2012

Gripping account of 2011 mass prison escape. Taliban tunneled into
  Kandahar prison from working cement factory they'd set up nearby. Came
  up in political block of prison. Spirited away hundreds of Taliban
  inmates overnight [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-taliban-jailbreak

[10]Music: It's In Your Head, Changing Your Brain
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/MUZ76R

Elizabeth Landau | CNN | 28 May 2012

On the science of music. Why do songs get stuck in our heads? What's
  the connection between memory and music? Can monkeys recognise beats?
  Why is it so difficult for musicians to start playing a song from a
  random point in the tune? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/music-its-your-head-changing-your-brain

[12]The Fairness Trap
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MYn3nu

James Surowiecki | New Yorker | 28 May 2012

On the euro crisis, behavioural economics, and fairness: "In a
  negotiation where neither side can have what it really wants, and where
  the least bad solution is as good as it gets, worrying too much about
  fairness can be suicidal" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fairness-trap

[14]Before And After The Grass Arena
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/KoltvV

Austin Collings | Quietus | 25 May 2012

Interview with John Healy, "ex-soldier, ex-boxer, ex-wino and
  ex-prisoner, turned chess master turned writer". A literary sensation,
  until he threatened to decapitate his publisher, who responded by
  pulping Healy's book [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/and-after-grass-arena

[16]The Most Comma Mistakes
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/Kxv9m8

Ben Yagoda | NYT | 21 May 2012

A pedant's delight. On correct use of the comma. Or when to write "My
  son John is awesome" rather than "My son, John, is awesome". And why
  not to use a comma splice: "He used to be a moderate, now he’s a
  card-carrying Tea Partier" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/most-comma-mistakes

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Sandy Gall on Foreigners in Afghanistan
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sandy-gall-on-foreigners-afghanistan

The veteran reporter and frequent visitor to Afghanistan tells us about
  the country he loves, and the Westerners (and Central Asian conqueror)
  who wrote engagingly about it [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sandy-gall-on-foreigners-afghanistan

Featured Special Report

[20]Healthcare in America
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/healthcare-america

The battle over US healthcare reform reaches the Supreme Court. Here's
  what's at stake [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/healthcare-america

Reader Recommendations

@[22]nuzav Watch: An Animated Short On How We Measure The
  Universe [23]t.co/QmLci28T via @[24]FastCoDesign [25]#browsings
  [26]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      23. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669888/watch-an-animated-short-on-how-we-measure-the-universe
      24. http://twitter.com/FastCoDesign
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/perils-dominance-by-gareth-porter

[28]Perils of Dominance by Gareth Porter
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/perils-dominance-by-gareth-porter

[29]Stephen Glain says: “Porter does a great job of showcasing the
  extent to which the Soviet threat was hyped in the Cold War. He points
  out how utterly weak it was” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-glain-on-us-militarism
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Remember These Days
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/remember-these-days

The seltzer men of New York. "Our business is, at best, an anachronism"
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Susan Orlean, on marriage
    Links:
      33. https://twitter.com/#!/susanorlean/status/206747149306826752

"The only marriage that should be banned is between people who don't
    really love each other"

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

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