Newsletter 806

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Best of the Moment

Can Marissa Mayer Really Have It All?

Lisa Miller | The Cut | 7 October 2012

Big profile of new Yahoo boss, and mother. "Mayer was fully girl and fully geek, a former ballet dancer who stayed up all night writing code. And one who seemed driven to make her own path when the men around her wouldn't oblige" Comments (

Romney's Five Wars

Juan Cole | Informed Comment | 9 October 2012

Fizzing denunciation of Mitt Romney's foreign policy ideas. If pursued, they'd bankrupt the country and cause more backlash and terrorism. People outside the US admire its democracy, rule of law; they hate its military hubris Comments (

The Jumper Squad

Wendy Ruderman | NYT | 5 October 2012

At work with NYPD's emergency services department. Officers trained in suicide rescue. They talk jumpers down from bridges. Brooklyn Bridge is "forgiving". Serious suicides go for the Verrazano. Nobody survives that fall Comments (

What Is A 'Human Flesh Search,' And How Is It Changing China?

Jessica Levine | Atlantic | 5 October 2012

In an undemocratic country, people have limited means of getting information, let alone redress. But the Internet is providing ways that China's citizens can fight back against corruption and public power – flesh searching Comments (

BB King At 87: The Last Of The Great Bluesmen

Ed Vulliamy | Observer | 6 October 2012

An audience with the blues star back in Mississippi where he worked in the cotton fields as a child. "I keep wanting to play better, go further. There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done" Comments (

Kids' Club Where Parents Die

Mary Elizabeth Williams | Salon | 2 October 2012

Support group for children of cancer-sufferers. Sounds like a comforting idea; then the death-toll starts rising. "Frankie, we learned, would be transitioning into the children’s bereavement group." Even so, the kids like it Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Helena Frith Powell on Glamour

The author of Two Lipsticks and a Lover explains what it takes to be glamorous. Relax, it's not about being beautiful or perfect Read on (


Black holes, DIY bio-engineering, aliens and more. Interviews and articles from many of the biggest names in Science. No prior knowledge necessary Read on (

Reader Recommendations

@henrylf ( Jacob Funk Kirkegaard not only has best middle name of any economist, he's also a sharp euro commentator #browsings ( More like this (

Book of the Day

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Breath  by Tim Winton

Renata Salecl says ( : "It’s the most wonderful description of coming to the edge, searching for ever new extremes, coming to the point of death, and then at the last second avoiding it" FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

MRUniversity Introduction


Education is changing. "We want to be on the right side of history" More videos (

Quote of the Day

Francis Spufford, on beliefs (

"The world cannot be disenchanted, and the choice before us is really a choice of enchantments"

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