Newsletter 784


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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]Afghanistan's Base Bonanza
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/SmmM44

Nick Turse | History News Network/TomDispatch | 4 September 2012

"Afghanistan may turn out to be one of the great misbegotten 'stimulus
  packages' of the modern era, a construction boom in the middle of
  nowhere with materials largely shipped in at enormous expense to no
  lasting purpose whatsoever" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/afghanistans-base-bonanza

[8]Revisiting Robbers Cave
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/RSfz5a

Maria Konnikova | Literally Psyched | 5 September 2012

In the summer of 1954, 22 boys headed off to summer camp to take part
  in one of most famous studies in social psychology: The Robbers Cave
  experiment. Here's what happened, and what it taught us about
  intergroup relations [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/revisiting-robbers-cave

[10]Diary: Brighton Beach
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/OVjCxv

Peter Pomerantsev | LRB | 5 September 2012

New York's Russian community, full of louche vitality. "The US is the
  last place where Soviet bonds endure, strengthened by a shared hatred
  of the system they left behind and informed by a black-market Soviet
  vision of capitalism" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/diary-brighton-beach

[12]The Making Of A Syrian Rebel
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/OWOPCf

Rania Abouzeid & Jabal Al-Zawya | Time | 4 September 2012

"War is dehumanizing, and civil wars in particular can brutalize a
  society in ways that fundamentally alter its very nature. Neighbours
  become enemies; differences become magnified as a means to confirm the
  otherness of the enemy" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/making-syrian-rebel

[14]Fitzgerald's Depression
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OWOakv

Thomas Heise | Berfrois | 4 September 2012

On F Scott Fitzgerald's demise. "At what should have been the height of
  his novelistic powers in the mid 1930s, he was listless, reckless in
  his personal affairs, sick with tuberculosis and jaw-droppingly drunk"
  [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fitzgeralds-depression

[16]Ship Write
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/NM1Fqm

Geoff Dyer | Guernica | 4 September 2012

Build a boat-like structure, hang it over the Thames, stick a writer
  inside for a day and a night, see what they come up with. This is what
  Artangel did, and this is what Geoff Dyer, musing on Heart of Darkness
  came up with [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ship-write

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Carl Zimmer on The Strangeness of Life
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

The science writer and award-winning blogger discusses the strangeness
  of life, from viruses to manipulative flatworms [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

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

@maisonneuvemag The strange-but-true history of putting "criminal"
  animals on trial: [22]t.co/Qp4kCVLG by @dsnelles #animals
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/Qp4kCVLG
      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/einstein-his-life-and-universe-by-walter-isaacson

[26]Einstein by Walter Isaacson
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/einstein-his-life-and-universe-by-walter-isaacson

[27]Ian McEwan says: “This biography shows us the creative exuberance
  of a man with an extraordinary visual imagination. During two
  particular episodes in his life he fundamentally rewrote our
  understanding of the physical world.” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Tokyo Living 2012
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/tokyo-living-2012

Yes, it's another time-lapse. But stifle that yawn. This is how it's
  done [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Joseph Epstein, on language
    Links:
      31. http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1973/article_detail.asp

"Seminal, a word used chiefly by academics to overpraise one
    another, tends vastly to underrate the power of semen"

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

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