Newsletter 728


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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]The Country That Is The World: Syria's Clashing Communities
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/LUh3eq

Charles Glass | World Affairs Journal | 12 July 2012

Charles Glass is usually worth a look on Lebanon/Syria. This short
  essay about tolerance, sectarianism and revolt will tell you more about
  Syria than the next 20 news reports you'll read about killings and
  ceasefires [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/country-world-syrias-clashing-communities

[8]Let's Make A Deal
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MkV3ca

Robert Jenkins | Bank Of England | 10 July 2012

Superbly accessible and enjoyable speech on bank regulation. And it's
  not often you'll hear those words together. But here's a central bank
  official speaking in a private capacity and nailing a few home truths
  (PDF) [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lets-make-deal

[10]The Machine And The Garden
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/OzArNH

Eric Liu & Nick Hanauer | IHT | 10 July 2012

We talk of economies as though they were machines, using language that
  fits with market fundamentalists' view of the world. But recent history
  shows economies aren't linear and predictable. It's better to think of
  them as gardens [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/machine-and-garden-0

[12]Autumn Of The Patriarch, Forgetting To Live
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/N3qVqa

Aaron Bady | New Inquiry | 9 July 2012

Monumental essay in praise of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred
  Years Of Solitude. "You are supposed to forget. You are supposed to get
  confused. The last thing you are ever supposed to do is keep everything
  straight" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/autumn-patriarch-forgetting-live

[14]Whiff-Whaff
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NtFK3Q

Howard Jacobson | New Republic | 12 July 2012

Will Boris Johnson be Britain's next prime minister? Maybe. He appears
  a buffoon, but he's a calculating buffoon, letting his tousled hair
  work its charm on television. His "amused and vivacious nihilism" finds
  an echo with voters [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/whiff-whaff

[16]What Is The Probability That You Are Dreaming Right Now?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/LNSIvv

Jan Westerhoff | OUP Blog | 13 July 2012

"Most people think that even though it is possible that they are
  dreaming right now, the probability of this is very small, perhaps as
  small as winning the lottery. In fact the probability is quite high.
  Let's do the maths" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-probability-you-are-dreaming-right-now

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Bernard Bailyn on Atlantic History
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bernard-bailyn-on-atlantic-history

The Harvard professor and Pulitzer prize-winning historian recommends
  reading on three centuries of empire, conflict and slave trading
  between the Americas, Europe and Africa [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bernard-bailyn-on-atlantic-history

Featured Special Report

[20]Private Equity: For And Against
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/private-equity-and-against

In the spotlight because of economic crisis, and Mitt Romney [21]Read
  on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/private-equity-and-against

Reader Recommendations

@David73277 'From PhD to BBC': are academic historians too hungry for
  fame? Asks @earlymodernjohn [22]t.co/5UYsYTvS #history #HE
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/5UYsYTvS
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/andy-warhol-diaries-by-andy-warhol

[26]The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/andy-warhol-diaries-by-andy-warhol

[27]Craig Brown says: “They give a feel for the freneticism of New York
  at that time, in the late 1970s to late 1980s. It’s the raunchy
  pre-AIDS time” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/craig-brown-on-diaries-and-autobiography
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Howlin Wolf: Evil
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/howlin-wolf-evil

Something just ain't right [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Jean Cocteau, on critics
    Links:
      31. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2757/the-art-of-fiction-no-93-john-irving

"Listen very carefully to the first criticisms of your work. Note
    just what it is about your work that the reviewers don’t like; it
    may be the only thing in your work that is original and worthwhile"

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

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