Newsletter 684


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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]Secret 'Kill List' Proves A Test Of Obama's Principles And Will
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/KY269V

Jo Becker & Scott Shane | NYT | 29 May 2012

"Mr Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret 'nominations'
  process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the
  capture part has become largely theoretical." Current and former
  advisers explain how it works [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-kill-list-proves-test-obamas-principles-and-will

[8]Issues For His Prose Style
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/L21swb

Andrew O'Hagan | London Review Of Books | 29 May 2012

Hemingway: Man, myth, prose style. "The Ryanair generation must already
  have worked out the stag night potential provided by Hemingway’s
  novels. He will never say someone had a drink when he can say they had
  a vermouth" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/issues-his-prose-style

[10]Why Is Memory So Good and So Bad?
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/NbsaAT

Julian De Freitas | Scientific American | 29 May 2012

Investigating recent research on visual memory. Why is it that we can
  remember some things with such clarity, and others not at all? What
  decides whether memories are preserved for the long-term, or simply
  erased? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-memory-so-good-and-so-bad

[12]Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/L223xT

Wil Hylton | NYT | 30 May 2012

"Each of the bugs will have a mission. Some will be designed to devour
  things, like pollution. Others will generate food and fuel." But all
  will share one extraordinary feature: They will be custom engineered,
  from synthetic DNA [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/craig-venter’s-bugs-might-save-world

[14]Do You Really Want To Live For Ever?
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/LGcFSd

Ronald Bailey | Reason | 29 May 2012

“At its core, a civilisation is a collection of life extension
  technologies: Agriculture to ensure food in steady supply, clothing to
  stave off cold, architecture to provide shelter and safety, weapons for
  hunting and defence" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/do-you-really-want-live-ever

[16]My Dungeon Shook
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/L28W2n

James Baldwin | Letters Of Note | 28 May 2012

Powerful letter on racism, sent by Baldwin to his nephew on centenary
  of the Emancipation Proclamation. "You know, and I know, that the
  country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years
  too soon" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-dungeon-shook

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Tanni Grey-Thompson on the Spirit of Sport
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tanni-grey-thompson-on-spirit-sport

The 11 times gold medal-winning Paralympian athlete, now a peer in
  Britain’s House of Lords, tells us about the spirit and legacy of the
  Olympics – and what parliament and competitive sport have in common
  [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tanni-grey-thompson-on-spirit-sport

Featured Special Report

[20]Hackers
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/hackers

Cars, nuclear plants, computers, phones, webcams -- they all succumb to
  hackers in the end [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/hackers

Reader Recommendations

@[22]tornmap US volunteer + teen Ecuadorian maid = North/South divide
  writ small at Vela [23]t.co/BMgHInl7 #[24]browsings #[25]travelreads
  #[26]lp #[27]travel [28]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/tornmap
      23. http://t.co/BMgHInl7
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#travelreads
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#lp
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#travel
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/house-war-by-james-carroll

[30]House of War by James Carroll
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/house-war-by-james-carroll

[31]Stephen Glain says: “The book is an uninhibited account of what it
  was like for him being part of the Pentagon bureaucracy. It’s very
  subversive” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-glain-on-us-militarism
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Measuring The Universe
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/measuring-universe

A short geometry lesson
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Philip Larkin, on modernism
    Links:
      35. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jun/07/philip-larkin-desired-reading/?pagination=false

"It will divert us as long as we are prepared to be mystified or
    outraged, but maintains its hold only by being more mystifying and
    more outrageous: it has no lasting power"

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

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