Newsletter 807

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Best of the Moment

The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?

Joshua Hammer | Vanity Fair | 10 October 2012

"The big question every reader will want to know is, how and why does a person become an art forger?" says Wolfgang Beltracchi. And, as mastermind of one of the most lucrative art frauds in postwar European history, he should know Comments (

The Patent, Used As A Sword

Charles Duhigg & Steve Lohr | NYT | 7 October 2012

Patents are vital, but are being misused. In software, they're now often broad and vague, covering concepts rather than defined processes; they're being traded; and they're being used as weapons, sometimes cynically, against rivals Comments (

Yesterday My Daughter Emigrated

Carlos Duarte | Huffington Post | 8 October 2012

"Yesterday my daughter emigrated in search of a future she couldn't find in her country and that society, or her parents, didn't know how to give her." A lament for Spain. And a denunciation of its politicians (h/t @rszbt) Comments (

The Beautiful Game

Patrick Symmes | Outside | 9 October 2012

"Goals are nice. But fighting is forever." Inside the frightening world of Argentine football "fan clubs". Which operate more like violent criminal syndicates, having captured a good chunk of the clubs' economic value Comments (

How To Die

Bill Keller | NYT | 7 October 2012

In praise of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient, a protocol used in British hospitals. You halt the insulin and antibiotics, pull out the IVs, let the patient drift towards a dignified death on a cloud of morphine Comments (

Why Do We Behave So Oddly In Lifts?

William Kremer | BBC | 9 October 2012

"The way we behave in lifts, or elevators as they are known in the US, reveals a hidden anxiety. It has been observed that lift-travellers unthinkingly go through a set pattern of movements, as predetermined as a square dance" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Evan Osnos on China

The New Yorker's China correspondent reflects on why the country captures our imagination – and why we want to change it. He chooses five books for the discerning traveller Read on (


Women and the Workplace

Women in the West may be slowly winning the battle for workplace equality. But at what price? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k ( How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election via @rollingstone ( #browsings ( h/t @boomerangomics ( More like this (

Book of the Day

Bodies () by Susie Orbach

Renata Salecl says ( : “She makes a social critique, pointing out that in some way capitalism relies on our unhappiness with the body.” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

The Truth About Dishonesty


Dan Ariely. Another of those wonderfully animated RSA lectures More videos (

Quote of the Day

Nicholas Beale, on complexity (

“Biological systems are almost always more complex than you think – even when you allow for the fact that they are more complex than you think”

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