Newsletter 838

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Best of the Moment

Freedom & Diversity: A Liberal Pentagram

Timothy Garton Ash | NYRB | 8 November 2012

On the need for common values in increasingly diverse societies, where families and even individuals blend multiple cultures. "I propose a pentagram of liberal virtues: inclusion, clarity, consistency, firmness, and liberality" Comments (

The Turn Of The Screw: James Watson On The Double Helix And His Changing View Of Rosalind Franklin

Maggie Koerth-Baker | Boing Boing | 8 November 2012

In The Double Helix, James Watson told the story of how he and Francis Crick worked out the structure of DNA. A new, annotated edition "completely upends" that account. Koerth-Baker asks Watson about it Comments (

Genius: The Nickelback Story

Ben Paynter | Businessweek | 8 November 2012

On the band so many love to hate. That reference to genius in the headline? We're talking commercial success, not artistic merit. They're a ruthless money-making machine. This is their formula for generating the megabucks Comments (

Europe's Populists At The Gate

Barry Eichengreen | Project Syndicate | 9 November 2012

History suggests it would be unwise to call the euro crisis over. There's often a time lag between crisis hitting and extremist parties coming to power. How to head this off? Europe needs a growth strategy Comments (

In Writing About Death, All Life Is There

Harry de Quetteville | Telegraph | 8 November 2012

The obituarist's art. "Take the brilliant but addicted singer Amy Winehouse. The evidence of one’s own eyes indicated that she was dangerously unwell. She died at 27. Terribly young, and yet our piece had long been polished" Comments (

Is It Possible To Improve Your Chances Of Winning Big In The National Lottery?

Jonathan Clarke | Understanding Uncertainty | 8 November 2012

The headline is carefully written. And the answer is yes. You can't improve the chances of your numbers being chosen, but you can give yourself a better chance of not having to split your winnings with other players Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Michela Wrong on Africa

The long-time foreign correspondent and author of books on Zaire, Eritrea and Kenya tells us where to turn for engaging foreign perspectives on Africa
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Moral Philosophy

Can we have morality without God? Does surveillance make us better? Do babies have morals? Get to grips with some big questions of right and wrong Read on (

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Brighton Rock  by Graham Greene

Peter James says ( : “This was the first crime novel I came across where the central characters were the villains. They were the most important and interesting characters”
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Video of the Day

Coke vs Pepsi


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Quote of the Day

Terry Eagleton, on deviance (

"Those who prize the deviant should also cherish the normative, since there would be no deviancy without it"

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