Newsletter 770


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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]Fear Of A Black President
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NNgUdK

Ta-Nehisi Coates | Atlantic | 23 August 2012

Obama offers himself to white Americans not as a black politician, but
  as a politician who happens to be black. His genius lies in doing this
  without denying or diluting the blackness that he signals to black
  Americans [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fear-black-president

[8]Welcome To Hell
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/NKpeiL

Steve Volk | Philadelphia | 24 August 2012

"No one knows why some people can recover from a traumatic event while
  others require treatment for PTSD. But we do know the urban poor may be
  even worse off than our country’s soldiers." Life in inner-city
  Philadelphia shows why [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/welcome-hell

[10]Why Is The Night Sky Turning Red?
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/Od4H50

Amy Shira Teitel | Crux | 23 August 2012

Already know why the sky's blue during the day? Well done. But did you
  know it's starting to turn red at night now. Here's why it's happening,
  why it's important and what we can expect from the night sky in the
  future [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-night-sky-turning-red

[12]How Young German Men Are Lured Into Jihad
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/Sr5qQQ

Özlem Gezer | Spiegel | 23 August 2012

"He worked at his uncle's falafel stand and read Immanuel Kant, and
  later Plato and Nietzsche. In the end, he became a radical Islamist,
  recruiting new talent for a Muslim holy war in the middle of Hamburg.
  Djamal was the hunter" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-young-german-men-are-lured-jihad

[14]The Hugging Saint
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/PzhLlj

David Amsden | Rolling Stone | 16 August 2012

Indian spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi specialises in hugs. So far
  30 million have felt her rapturous embrace. Followers believe she's a
  divine soul in a human body. But she's commercial too and, allegedly,
  violent and abusive [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hugging-saint

[16]Prime Time For Paul Ryan's Guru
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/O73gVA

Adam Davidson | NYT | 21 August 2012

No, not Ayn Rand but the Austrian economist Friedrich Von Hayek. Much
  maligned, widely misunderstood; here's what he believed. And take note,
  he wasn't a conservative; he didn't want to conserve anything
  [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/prime-time-paul-ryans-guru

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Robert Lane Greene on Language and the Mind
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-lane-greene-on-language-and-mind

The Economist correspondent and author discusses "grammar grouches",
  linguistic evolution, and why the world looks different in other
  languages [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-lane-greene-on-language-and-mind

Featured Special Report

[20]Consciousness
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

What is it? Where did it come from? How can we learn more about it?
  Here's a quick look at what we do and don't know about consciousness
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

Reader Recommendations

@ChrisFaile Powerhouse piece of original reporting by The Economist
  this week, on the Catholic church's finances: [22]t.co/EYxdL7gh
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/EYxdL7gh
      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/last-king-poland-by-adam-zamoyski

[26]The Last King of Poland by Adam Zamoyski
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/last-king-poland-by-adam-zamoyski

[27]Norman Davies says: “The book is extremely well done, very well
  written. It shows the terrible dilemma king Stanislaw-August
  Poniatowski faced” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Man In Shades Fools New York
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/man-shades-fools-new-york

Pretends to be a celebrity. Video goes viral. Now he is one [30]More
  videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Venkatesh Rao, on dichotomies
    Links:
      31. http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2012/08/23/waste-creativity-and-godwins-corollary-for-technology

"All dichotomies are false, but some are more of a bitch to
    transcend than others"

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

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