Newsletter 738


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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]We Are Alive
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MiqQLG

David Remnick | New Yorker | 23 July 2012

Huge feature on Bruce Springsteen, still pumping it out at age 62. "His
  style in performance is joyously demonic, as close as a white man of
  Social Security age can get to James Brown circa 1962 without risking a
  shattered pelvis" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/we-are-alive

[8]For Want Of A Nail, The Ship Was Lost
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/M42GJq

Anonymous | London Banker | 20 July 2012

Following last week's tale about shoeboxes, here's another fun (well,
  fun to read) allegory about banking. This time, imagine a great ship, a
  feat of engineering, plying the high seas. And then we come to its crew
  (h/t @polit2k) [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/want-nail-ship-was-lost

[10]The Science Of The Tight Collar
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/QeDeST

David Dobbs | Wired | 22 July 2012

After Adam Scott’s collapse at the Open, Dobbs updates a classic from
  2010 about "choking". When you think too hard, your game collapses.
  Happens to the best. You need to "leave your thinking brain in the
  locker" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/science-tight-collar

[12]Destroying The Commons
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/P1lwyQ

Noam Chomsky | TomDispatch | 22 July 2012

Chomsky's latest broadside is a sweeping historical survey criticising
  those who'd curtail our rights and liberties. Subtitled "How the Magna
  Carta became a Minor Carta". (Starts after three-paragraph
  introduction) [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/destroying-commons

[14]In Zimbabwe Land Takeover, A Golden Lining
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NGj2F5

Lydia Polgreen | NYT | 21 July 2012

Was Robert Mugabe right? "The takeover of white farms was a disaster
  for Zimbabwe on many levels. But tens of thousands of people got small
  farm plots, and many of these new farmers overcame early struggles to
  fare pretty well" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/zimbabwe-land-takeover-golden-lining

[16]We've Seen This Movie Before
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/NWe0GS

Roger Ebert | NYT | 20 July 2012

"We are one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of
  firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend
  itself. Not a single person at the Aurora theater shot back, but the
  theory will still be defended" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/weve-seen-movie

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Paula Fredriksen on Sin
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paula-fredriksen-on-sin

Tortured by the sins of your past? Or contemplating new ones? The
  historian of ancient Christianity recommends five books you won't
  repent reading, to understand what sin really is [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paula-fredriksen-on-sin

Featured Special Report

[20]Privacy Online
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/privacy-online

Your movements are tracked and the data trail you leave is
  commercialised. If privacy is gone, is "publicy" the future? Or is
  there more value to privacy than some think? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/privacy-online

Reader Recommendations

@[22]nuzav Seared by a Peeping Tom’s Gaze [23]t.co/PaY9kXHj
  [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      23. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/opinion/sunday/seared-by-the-gaze-of-a-peeping-tom-william-green.html?_r=1&smid=tw-share
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/heart-matter-by-graham-greene

[27]The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/heart-matter-by-graham-greene

[28]William Boyd says: “He gets the slightly desperate seediness of
  life so well. It’s a fantastically atmospheric and powerful read”
  [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]What The Phonics
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/what-phonics

Danish street signs that speak for themselves [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Vladimir Nabokov, on critics
    Links:
      32. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4310/the-art-of-fiction-no-40-vladimir-nabokov#.T9EHpODaAIo.twitter

"Criticism can be instructive, in that it gives some information
    about the critic's intelligence"

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

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