Newsletter 746


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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]Corruption And Nepotism Haunt Southern Europe
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MPzyFU

Hans-Jürgen Schlamp | Spiegel | 30 July 2012

Sicily is bust. But don't expect action from the regional assembly. It
  rarely meets. Most members don't show up when it does. They do,
  however, draw salaries of €10-15,000 a month. All 90 of them. And their
  400 assistants [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/corruption-and-nepotism-haunt-southern-europe

[8]The Olympics And The Muslims
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MOBmPx

Juan Cole | Informed Comment | 27 July 2012

"Athletes are envisioned as representing their nation, and the
  abstraction, that everyone now has a nation-state, covers up a lot of
  cultural conflict that besets the Games." Here's a look at some
  tensions that do (and don't) arise [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/olympics-and-muslims

[10]Art Over Biology
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/MW5ODv

Adam Kirsch | New Republic | 12 July 2012

Scientists have struggled since Darwin to reconcile art with evolution.
  How does art help survival? Some categorise it as a form of sexual
  display for attracting mates. But its main function may be in prompting
  us to think [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/art-over-biology

[12]Austerity vs. Growth
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/OD2jDG

Milton Ezrati | National Interest | 30 July 2012

Much thinking about Europe's economic difficulties presents the
  alternatives as a binary choice between growth or budget discipline.
  But could there be a third way? Ezrati explains how such an approach
  could work [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/austerity-vs-growth

[14]The Mystery Of Charles Dickens
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OsOBoy

Joyce Carol Oates | NYRB | 26 July 2012

Claire Tomalin's new biography of Charles Dickens reviewed. "If
  Dickens’s prose fiction has 'defects' — excesses of melodrama,
  sentimentality, contrived plots, and manufactured happy endings — these
  are the defects of his era" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mystery-charles-dickens

[16]Get A Job: The Craigslist Experiment
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/N7cQ6U

Eric Auld | Thought Catalog | 23 July 2012

Eric Auld is 26, with a Master's degree in English. Looking for a
  full-time job in a major US city. And getting nowhere fast. So he puts
  a fake job ad on Craigslist to get a sense of the competition out there
  (h/t Daniel Lippman) [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/get-job-craigslist-experiment

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Will Self on Influences
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-self-on-influences

Conventional prose fiction falls short of the mark, says the English
  author, who tells us about his modernist novel Umbrella, what the real
  character of London is, and why he can’t stand the Olympics [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-self-on-influences

Featured Special Report

[20]Globalisation
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/globalisation

A collection of thought-provoking articles and interviews on the
  challenges of globalisation [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/globalisation

Reader Recommendations

[22]polit2k MT @[23]AnnPettifor: Fine piece from @[24]mauerback: ECB
  chief recognizes that ECB has a banking run on their hand.
  [25]t.co/6ZEAJOVz [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://twitter.com/AnnPettifor
      24. http://twitter.com/mauerback
      25. http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2012/07/whatever-it-takes-how-far-is-the-ecb-really-prepared-to-go-to-save-the-euro
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/wodehouse-wodehouse-by-pg-wodehouse

[29]Wodehouse on Wodehouse by PG Wodehouse
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/wodehouse-wodehouse-by-pg-wodehouse

[30]Sophie Ratcliffe says: “It contains his autobiography, in which he
  describes his Victorian childhood. He used to visit grand houses but
  was incredibly shy” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sophie-ratcliffe-on-pg-wodehouse
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]2001: A Space Odyssey (2012 Trailer Recut)
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/2001-space-odyssey-2012-trailer-recut

How would they market Kubrick's classic, if it were released today?
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

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

"Derivative writers seem versatile because they imitate many others.
    Originality has only its self to copy"

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

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