Newsletter 836

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Best of the Moment

The GOP And Me

Rany Jazayerli | Rany On The Royals | 6 November 2012

Most Muslims in America used to vote Republican. Not any more. What happened? This is a light-touch yet biting account of what turned one Republican-leaning Muslim American away from the party Comments (

In Cold Type

Douglas McCollam | CJR | 2 November 2012

How Truman Capote snagged a six-hour interview over a bottle of vodka in Kyoto with the reclusive Marlon Brando in 1957, wrote a landmark profile of him for the New Yorker, and invented the New Journalism 10 years before Tom Wolfe Comments (

Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal

David Simon | Audacity Of Despair | 7 November 2012

"The country is changing. This may be the last election in which anyone but a fool tries to play the cards of racial exclusion, immigrant fear, patronisation of women, and self-righteous discrimination against homosexuals" Comments (

China: Worse Than You Ever Imagined

Ian Johnson | NYRB | 5 November 2012

Review-essay on recent books about the Great Leap Forward and associated famine, which killed tens of millions in China in 1958-62. The more we learn, the more terrible it becomes. Mao ranks with Stalin for murderous megalomania Comments (

Outrageous Freedom

Graeme Wood | Aeon | 7 November 2012

Gay rights in Uganda. "A broad societal revulsion toward homosexuality has erupted into frank attempts to identify, persecute, and ultimately execute gays." But gays push back, seize initiative, switch roles. Struggle not over yet Comments (

Maurice Sendak: 'I Refuse To Cater To The Bullshit Of Innocence'

Emma Brockes | Believer | 1 November 2012

Interview conducted last year with legendarily bad-tempered children's author, who died in May. "People are all insane and talking on machines and twittering and twottering. I’m here looking for peace and quiet. A yummy death" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Ruth Reichl on American Food

The Puritans got modern American cuisine off to a bad start. But the food writer and critic says subsequent immigrants have helped create a culture where food is appreciated Read on (


The Death Penalty

To kill or not to kill? Read on (

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Book of the Day

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My Last Sigh  by Luis Buñuel

Jason Webster says ( : "He is almost like a prophet of non-rationality in this very rational world." FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Bebionic3 Cyborg Hand


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Quote of the Day

Henry Miller, on history (

"We stand in relation to the past very much like the cow in the meadow — endlessly chewing the cud"

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