Newsletter 833

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Best of the Moment

Murder Of An Idealist

Sean Flynn | GQ | 5 November 2012

Reconstruction of events in Benghazi that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens. "He understood that security wasn't just big guys with guns and armored convoys. It was having friends, and having people treat you as a guest" Comments (

Chris Christie's Apocalypse

Benjamin Wallace-Wells | New York | 3 November 2012

"Every politician stands before podiums. But no figure in American public life—perhaps no one since Huey Long—inhabits a bully pulpit as fully as New Jersey governor Chris Christie." Sandy gave him his moment Comments (

Love On The March

Alex Ross | New Yorker | 5 November 2012

Reflections on the political and social standing of gays in America. Change from complete repression to general acceptance has taken less than 50 years. Will a distinct gay culture and sensibility survive, or are they obsolete? Comments (

How To Stop Illegal Downloads

Dan Ariely | Dan Ariely | 3 November 2012

Dan Ariely studies dishonesty; he even wrote a book about it. Then he found that book had been downloaded many times illegally. It changed his mind about digital piracy, and it got him thinking about what might stop it Comments (

Anthony Scianna's Storybook Ending

Ashlee Valance | Businessweek | 1 November 2012

Commodity trader opens gay nightclub in Manhattan. "Scianna’s still working in a loud, noisy room filled almost entirely with competitive men who aggressively swap digits. Only instead of bulls and bears, it’s centaurs and unicorns" Comments (

A Man Of Gifts

William Dalrymple | FT | 2 November 2012

Joyful remembrance of Patrick Leigh Fermor, model for generations of British non-fiction writers. Wartime exploits against the Nazis made him famous; the rest of his life was no less filmic, cavalry charges, blood feuds and all Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Jack Rakove on the US Constitution

The Pulitzer prize-winning history professor tells us how the Constitution came to be written and ratified and explains why, after more than 200 years, Americans are still so deeply wedded to it
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Paying for the US Election

How much is Romney vs Obama 2012 going to cost? Who's paying? And what do they expect in return? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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The Worst Journey in the World  by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Paul Theroux says ( : “Among the many things that appeal to me about the book is the extreme precision of the writing – the scientific poetry of it” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Staten Island Hurricane Destruction


A good deed. And a glimpse of lives in chaos
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Quote of the Day

Will Bonner, on uncertainty (

"Ignorance increases the square of the distance from a given event, so the odds that things won’t work out the way you expect must be multiplied by the squares of all the intervening events"

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