Newsletter 689


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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]Remarks At The Festival Of Economics, Trento Italy
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/KCKoMc

George Soros | George Soros | 2 June 2012

Compelling read on failures of economic theory, and eurozone crisis.
  Soros believes the euro will survive because a break-up would hurt
  Germany as much as others. However, he says Berlin has only three
  months in which to act [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/remarks-festival-economics-trento-italy

[8]Why War Is Marching On The Road To Damascus
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/M0rMC6

Patrick Cockburn | Independent | 3 June 2012

"I spent the last week in Damascus and the atmosphere reminds me of
  Beirut in 1975 at the start of the 15-year civil war. Again and again,
  people realistically laid out for me the nasty things that are all too
  likely to happen" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-war-marching-road-damascus

[10]Martin Amis: A New Chapter In America
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/M0nLl8

Tom Lamont | Observer | 3 June 2012

At home with the author in New York to discuss his latest novel,
  "Lionel Asbo". Subtitled "State of England", though Amis insists it's
  no "V-sign" to the country he left. "Writing is a much more amorous
  business than people think" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/martin-amis-new-chapter-america

[12]Mrs Windsor, Anyone?
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/M0AvUM

Matthew Engel | FT | 2 June 2012

"The mystery of British republicanism has long been its almost total
  non-existence." With the Queen enjoying her diamond jubilee, Engel goes
  in search of those who'd like to see the monarchy consigned to history
  [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mrs-windsor-anyone

[14]The North West London Blues
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/M0p1on

Zadie Smith | NYRB | 2 June 2012

In favour of libraries. "Well-run libraries are filled with people
  because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: An
  indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order
  to stay" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/north-west-london-blues

[16]Olympic Icons
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/M0E65f

Mike Marqusee | Mike Marqusee | 2 June 2012

"Iconic" is an overused word but surely applies to the image of Tommie
  Smith and John Carlos on the podium at the 1968 Olympics. Marqusee
  considers the power, meaning and price of their statement, and what the
  Olympics have become [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/olympic-icons

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Nigel Warburton on Introductions to Philosophy
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nigel-warburton-on-introductions-philosophy

How should we live? What is the nature of reality? Should pro golfers
  be allowed to use carts? The philosophy lecturer sets us off down the
  road of philosophical enquiry with an intriguing reading list [19]Read
  on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nigel-warburton-on-introductions-philosophy

Featured Special Report

[20]Drone Warfare
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Should we worry about war conducted by remote control? Are there
  ethical considerations? Will we become accustomed to unmanned warfare
  in the future? What if a hacker took control of an army? It's all here
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/drone-warfare

Reader Recommendations

@[22]polit2k Facebook's Long-Term Problem | James Kwak | The Baseline
  Scenario [23]t.co/9qAi6bEq via @[24]JamesYKwak [25]#browsings [26]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://baselinescenario.com/2012/06/04/facebooks-long-term-problem
      24. http://twitter.com/JamesYKwak
      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/infinite-variety-music-by-leonard-bernstein

[28]The Infinite Variety of Music by Leonard Bernstein
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/infinite-variety-music-by-leonard-bernstein

[29]Alex Ross says: “Bernstein was a genius. As I got older, these
  essays became the foundation of how I think and talk about
  music”[30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alex-ross-on-writing-about-music
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Parler Le Fracas
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/parler-le-fracas

Try this with the sound down, unless you have a taste for violent
  hip-hop, in French [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]James McWilliams, on killing animals
    Links:
      33. http://www.theatlantic.com/food/archive/2010/12/why-free-range-meat-isnt-much-better-than-factory-farmed/67569

The confined animal lives a life of brutality and is dispatched; the
    free-range animal lives a life of relative freedom and is
    dispatched. From the perspective of happiness lost, the latter
    scenario is more tragic

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

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