Newsletter 772


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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]His Grief, And Ours
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/T7J7wU

Leon Wieseltier | New Republic | 24 August 2012

Against Paul Ryan, a "morally insolvent", mendacious, mean-spirited,
  narrow-minded man led astray by Ayn Rand. "The ideal of self-reliance
  in America has always been attended by a corollary of indifference to
  others, of nastiness" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/his-grief-and-ours

[8]Riddled With Irregularity
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/OyBq32

Philip Ball | Prospect | 22 August 2012

"Recent scientific studies propose that language 'universals' aren’t
  simply prescribed by genes but arise from the interaction between the
  biology of human perception and the bustle, exchange and negotiation of
  human culture" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/riddled-irregularity

[10]David Foster Wallace On The Brink of 'Infinite Jest'
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/NmGuVq

DT Max | Daily Beast | 19 August 2012

Portrait of a troubled genius. “I am a pathetic and very confused young
  man, a failed writer at 28, who is so jealous, so sickly searingly
  envious of any young man producing pages that I consider suicide a
  reasonable option" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/david-foster-wallace-brink-infinite-jest

[12]Are You A Hero Or A Bystander?
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/Od2iXV

Sue Shellenbarger | WSJ | 21 August 2012

What makes one person risk their life to save another from an impending
  train crash? Or to catch a baby falling from a building? Psychologists
  believe that specific character traits reveal a propensity for bravery
  [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/are-you-hero-or-bystander

[14]The Lancashire Witches 1612-2012
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OWjDjQ

Robert Poole | Public Domain Review | 22 August 2012

Revisiting Pendle witch trials of 1612. It all began when John Law had
  a stroke, while arguing with a young lady. He later accused her of
  being a witch. The evidence of two children led to arrest of 19 others.
  And a mass execution [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/lancashire-witches-1612-2012

[16]Lunch With The FT: Ian McEwan
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/T7NkRm

Caroline Daniel | FT | 24 August 2012

Amusing, touching, surprisingly intimate conversation digging deep into
  novelist's childhood and youth. Parents gave his brother away for
  adoption. Arrived in London as a literary mouse. “How did I become a
  lion? By roaring!" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/lunch-ft-ian-mcewan

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Dominic Lawson on Chess
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/dominic-lawson-on-chess

You don’t have to be a genius to play chess, but it helps. The
  journalist tells us about the logical beauty of the game, its history
  and political context, and the lives and minds of its greatest masters
  [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/dominic-lawson-on-chess

Featured Special Report

[20]Putin's Russia
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/putins-russia

A disputed election, protests, accusations of being a mafia state. As
  Vladimir Putin takes back the presidency, what kind of country does he
  lead? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/putins-russia

Reader Recommendations

[22]rszbt Take Ethiopia: MT @[23]owenbarder: Worth reading: "Our image
  of Africa is hopelessly obsolete" by @[24]ianbirrell
  [25]t.co/aAPLksFZ" #[26]browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      23. http://twitter.com/owenbarder
      24. http://twitter.com/ianbirrell
      25. http://t.co/aAPLksFZ
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/galveston-by-nic-pizzolatto

[29]Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/galveston-by-nic-pizzolatto

[30]Attica Locke says: “It’s a great piece of fiction, and a lot of the
  action takes place on the eve of Hurricane Ike, which devastated
  Galveston in 2008”[31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/attica-locke-on-texas
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Trotsky's Assassination
    Links:
      32. https://thebrowser.com/videos/trotskys-assassination

Remembered by his grandson, Esteban Volkov, 86 [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Wendell Berry, on marriage
    Links:
      34. http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/columns/alan-jacobs/the-online-state-of-nature

Marriage has now taken the form of divorce: a prolonged and
    impassioned negotiation as to how things shall be divided

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

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