Newsletter 839

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Best of the Moment

Lunch With The FT: Conrad Black

John Gapper | FT | 9 November 2012

"A skilful journalist such as yourself can challenge me effectively – not insuperably, I think, but effectively. But people attempting to bulldoze me on the supposition that I’m a criminal? If I can’t deal with them, I’ll quit" Comments (

New York Subway Repairs Border 'On The Edge Of Magic'

Matt Flegenheimer | NYT | 8 November 2012

"Interviews with those who oversaw the recovery suggest a rescue mission both thrilling and frightful. Seven tunnels beneath the East River flooded. Platforms were submerged. Underground equipment decades old was destroyed" Comments (


Andrew Miller | Intelligent Life | 9 November 2012

At the Odessa Literary Museum. "Embracing the transients and flâneurs, this is, in effect, a museum of Russian literature. And, being Russian, it becomes a museum of censorship and repression, of genius and bravery, blood and lies" Comments (

How Larry Gagosian Is Like Goldman Sachs

Felix Salmon | Reuters | 9 November 2012

Notes from the art world. "Gagosian is a broker-dealer, no less than Goldman Sachs is. He matches buyers and sellers, and he has to deal with a large amount of counterparty risk. He’s a shark, but he’s a shark with a smile" Comments (

Positive Pregnancy Test Diagnoses Man's Cancer

Maggie Koerth-Baker | Boing Boing | 8 November 2012

Man finds old pregnancy test kit in bathroom cupboard. Just for laughs, he pees on the stick. Surprise! The result comes back positive. Lucky for him, a friend jokes about it on Reddit and receives an unexpected reply Comments (

Orlando Cruz: Something Had To Change

Lucas Eberle | Spiegel | 9 November 2012

Interview with first openly gay boxer. "My promoter Tuto Zabala was very cautious. He went to Telemundo, which broadcasts all my fights in the US, and to the boxing organisation WBO. They indicated my coming out was fine by them" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Nick Davies on Investigative Journalism

The investigative journalist says when he started out reporting PR copy was a real rarity. If you were writing about crime, you’d call the police station and speak to an officer. Read on (



What is it? Where did it come from? How can we learn more about it? Here's a quick look at what we do and don't know about consciousness Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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Hermit of Peking  by Hugh Trevor-Roper

Orville Schell says ( : “It’s a wonderful story of how the East and the West merge but never meet, about a gay man who set himself up as a kind of Caucasian emperor in China” FiveBooks Archive (

Quote of the Day

Diego Gambetta, on trust (

For trust to be relevant, there must be a possibility of betrayal
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