Newsletter 745


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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]Fussbudget
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/OsPvkZ

Ryan Lizza | New Yorker | 30 July 2012

"To envisage what Republicans would do if they win in November, the
  person to understand is not necessarily Romney, who has been a policy
  cipher all his public life. The person to understand is Paul Ryan"
  [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fussbudget

[8]The Brain Set Free
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/OeJILK

Laura Sanders | ScienceNews | 27 July 2012

"In a fully set brain, signals fly around effortlessly, making
  commonplace tasks short work. A master of efficiency, the adult brain
  loses the exuberance of childhood." Could there be a way to recapture
  its youthful flexibility? [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/brain-set-free

[10]Conservatives And The State
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/QpDfU5

Francis Fukuyama | American Interest | 28 July 2012

Author calls for reinvention of American Conservatism on Hamiltonian
  model, which requires a strong state as defender and promoter of
  private property, market economy, fiscal responsibility, foreign policy
  based on national interest [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/conservatives-and-state

[12]Olympics As Ritual
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MVYCaw

Louis Menand | New Yorker | 30 July 2012

Modern cultures love invented traditions—ritualised events presented as
  revivals of ancient practices, designed to imply continuity with a
  distant past. They give an illusion of permanence, and feed our tribal
  instincts [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/olympics-ritual

[14]Abundance On Trial: The Cultural Significance Of 'Sustainability'
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/LYtuto

Joshua Yates | Hedgehog Review | 30 July 2012

"Sustainability is a word that gives voice to our present fears and
  uncertainties about whether we live in a world of scarcity or
  abundance, just as it augurs and upholds our hopes for thriving in a
  decidedly uncertain future" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/abundance-trial-cultural-significance-sustainability

[16]Enceladus: Home Of Alien Lifeforms?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/NPhxo6

Robin McKie | Observer | 29 July 2012

The search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system has tended to
  focus on Mars. But a growing number of scientists believe Enceladus, an
  icy moon of Saturn, is a much better bet. This piece explains why
  [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/enceladus-home-alien-lifeforms

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Selina Hastings on Evelyn Waugh and the Bright Young Things
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/selina-hastings-on-evelyn-waugh-and-bright-young-things

The biographer explores the decadence of the young and rich in 1920s
  London, and tells us about Evelyn Waugh’s rebellious youth, bullying
  disposition and later breakdown – as well as just how much (and early)
  he drank [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/selina-hastings-on-evelyn-waugh-and-bright-young-things

Featured Special Report

[20]Free Will
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Does it exist? Or is it an illusion? Why not read on and decide for
  yourself. As if you had any choice... [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Reader Recommendations

@[22]nuzav London Olympics 2012: we’re Olympic whingers – thank
  goodness via @[23]Telegraph [24]t.co/X0ACdOPM [25]#browsings [26]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      23. http://twitter.com/Telegraph
      24. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/9437509/London-Olympics-2012-were-Olympic-whingers-thank-goodness.html
      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/dreyfus-affair-j’accuse-and-other-writings-by-emile-zola

[28]The Dreyfus Affair: J’accuse and other writings by Emile Zola
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/dreyfus-affair-j’accuse-and-other-writings-by-emile-zola

[29]Ruth Harris says: “This is an open letter he wrote in 1898 in the
  newspaper L’Aurore and is an extraordinary polemic. He deployed all his
  literary talent in its writing” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-harris-on-dreyfus-and-belle-epoque
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]HP Offers That Cloud Thing
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/hp-offers-cloud-thing

Perfect for backing up your CD-Roms [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]J.G. Ballard, on imagination
    Links:
      33. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2929/the-art-of-fiction-no-85-j-g-ballard

"Imagination is the shortest route between any two conceivable
    points"

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

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