Newsletter 741


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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 Parable Of The Ox
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NTXSVp

John Kay | John Kay/FT | 25 July 2012

There has been a spate of good allegories recently about the world of
  finance, and here is another. The story starts at a country fair. You,
  and everyone else present, are invited to guess the weight of an ox
  [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/parable-ox

[8]Syrian Bloodbath Revisited: Searching For The Truth Behind The Houla
Massacre
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/OkAQEN

Christoph Reuter & Abd al-Kadher Adhun | Spiegel | 23 July 2012

Initially, the UN was convinced that the Syrian government was behind
  the Houla massacre. But then, some began to have doubts. Spiegel has
  interviewed survivors and witnesses, and reconstructed the horrifying
  events of May [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/syrian-bloodbath-revisited-searching-truth-behind-houla-massacre

[10]You Will Be Embarrassed About This In 20 Years
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/QkBSG8

Michael Kinsley | Bloomberg | 25 July 2012

Gay marriage debate is over. It's the new normal. Here's some more big
  social changes that need to come: End mass imprisonment, factory
  farming and high school football. Take enviromentalism seriously. Treat
  the elderly better [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/you-will-be-embarrassed-about-20-years

[12]Britain Is Not Bust
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/QkF0lw

Jonathan Portes | New Statesman | 25 July 2012

"Despite the present gloom, we are not doomed to slow growth or
  indefinite fiscal austerity. There are three overlapping varieties of
  economic pessimism but there is little evidence to support any of them"
  [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/britain-not-bust

[14]Shark Attack! Don’t Wear Yum-Yum Yellow
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OoPjj0

Theo Tait | London Review Of Books | 25 July 2012

Enjoyable review of Demon Fish, a new book on sharks. From their brutal
  sex habits, to practice of oophagy (uterine cannibalism), and capacity
  for parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). And the truth about attacks
  on humans [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/shark-attack-don’t-wear-yum-yum-yellow

[16]These Knock-Down, Shrinkable Games
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/OmuLaS

Hugh Pearman | WSJ | 24 July 2012

Architecture critic runs eye over London Olympics infrastructure, says
  it's been quite thriftily done, actually. High design standards. Venues
  with no long-term future can be dismantled afterwards for re-use
  elsewhere [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/these-knock-down-shrinkable-games

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Ruth Harris on Dreyfus and the Belle Epoque
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-harris-on-dreyfus-and-belle-epoque

The Belle Epoque combined a preoccupation with the noblesse of the old
  regime with the seeds for modernism, says the Oxford professor of
  history – who also explains the impact of the controversial Dreyfus
  affair [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-harris-on-dreyfus-and-belle-epoque

Featured Special Report

[20]After Aurora
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/after-aurora

How does one make sense of such killings? And can we, will we, do
  anything to stop it happening again? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/after-aurora

Reader Recommendations

@[22]iainmanley Incredibly vivid photographs of life in Victorian
  London - [23]t.co/CSDeMjrt, [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/iainmanley
      23. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/25/once_upon_a_time_in_old_london_town#15
      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/history-bombing-by-sven-lindqvist

[27]A History of Bombing by Sven Lindqvist
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/history-bombing-by-sven-lindqvist

[28]Geoff Dyer says: “I remember, when it came out, thinking this is
  way more original than any of the novels on this year’s Booker Prize
  list” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/geoff-dyer-on-unusual-histories
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]The Imam and the Colonel
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/imam-and-colonel

The imam who disappeared. Documentary unravelling a mystery from 1978
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Zadie Smith, on writing
    Links:
      32. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/07/this-week-in-fiction-zadie-smith.html#ixzz21iNuCVpl

"Whatever style you have is dictated by what you learn to leave out"

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

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