Newsletter 780


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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]Clash Of The Titans
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/T9JVWA

Peter Pomerantsev | Newsweek | 3 September 2012

A court case in London, the most expensive in UK legal history, pitting
  one Russian oligarch against another. Pomerantsev has the fascinating
  back-story on Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. And a certain
  Vladimir Putin [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/clash-titans

[8]Las Vegas: The Last Honest Place On Earth
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/T9COgU

David Flusfeder | New Statesman | 15 August 2012

Tournament poker player reflects on Vegas, and the game he loves. "In
  playing a game of incomplete information, part of the agony is when you
  never find out the answer to the question that has been posed"
  [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/las-vegas-last-honest-place-earth

[10]Beyond A Joke: The Truth About Why We Laugh
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/OPMASJ

Robert Provine | Guardian | 2 September 2012

Great piece on the psychology of laughter. It isn't normally a response
  to jokes; it's a social signal, not an expression of emotion. "The
  relationship between laughter and speech is akin to punctuation in
  written communication" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beyond-joke-truth-about-why-we-laugh

[12]The Other Power In The West Wing
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/N6NfPK

Jo Becker | NYT | 1 September 2012

Profile of Valerie Jarrett, "single most influential person in the
  Obama White House". Gatekeeper, adviser, keeper of conscience. "If Karl
  Rove was known as George W Bush’s political brain, Ms Jarrett is Mr
  Obama’s spine" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/other-power-west-wing

[14]Marathon Man
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/SbPhkU

Mark Singer | New Yorker | 30 July 2012

Is Kip Litton a marathon fraud? Looks like it. But how does he do it,
  when races are so closely monitored and nearby roads closed off? (Story
  unlocked by New Yorker in light of Paul Ryan's recent remarks on
  marathons – h/t @nuzav) [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/marathon-man

[16]Why I Had No Choice But To Spurn Tony Blair
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/PVKIrV

Desmond Tutu | Observer | 2 September 2012

Tutu explains refusal to speak alongside Tony Blair. "If it is
  acceptable for leaders to take drastic action on the basis of a lie,
  without acknowledgement or apology when they are found out, what should
  we teach our children?" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-i-had-no-choice-spurn-tony-blair

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Ian McEwan on Books That Have Helped Shape His Novels
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels

Novelist Ian McEwan talks about the books that have helped shape his
  own – from the biography of a scientific genius to a treatise on the
  end of time – and the importance of finding ‘mental freedom’ [19]Read
  on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels

Featured Special Report

[20]The Fall of Lance Armstrong
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/fall-lance-armstrong

Once a hero, but now the game is up. Here's how the aggressively
  preserved reputation of Lance Armstrong finally crumbled [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/fall-lance-armstrong

Reader Recommendations

@[22]rszbt RT @[23]adelaigue: A Citadel of High Economics Turns Fifty
  [24]t.co/N67FLjUc [25]#browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      23. http://twitter.com/adelaigue
      24. http://www.economicprincipals.com/issues/2012.09.02/1412.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/chez-panisse-desserts-by-lindsey-remolif-shere

[28]Chez Panisse Desserts by Lindsey Remolif Shere
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/chez-panisse-desserts-by-lindsey-remolif-shere

[29]David Lebovitz says: “That book is a part of my life, and I was
  heavily influenced by the simplicity of the recipes. All in all, a very
  simple approach to honest cooking” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-lebovitz-on-desserts
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Kubrick: One-Point Perspective
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/kubrick-one-point-perspective

Yes, now you come to mention it ... [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]William Deresiewicz, on work
    Links:
      33. http://theamericanscholar.org/virtually-exhausted

"The Greeks had a word for people who worked harder than anyone
    else: Slaves"

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

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