Newsletter 847

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Best of the Moment

Wrong Side Of The Fence

Rachel Shabi | Aeon | 15 November 2012

Critical essay on Israel and its rejection of the other, whether migrants or Palestinians. "It turns out being sealed off doesn't make Israelis feel any safer; all it does is amplify suspicion and insecurity, hatred and intolerance" Comments (

The Tunnels Of Gaza

James Verini | National Geographic | 16 November 2012

The tunnel economy is what keeps Gaza afloat. All kinds of household, consumable and industrial items come in; thousands are employed; Hamas taxes the trade. But it's grim, dangerous work. Tragic stories abound Comments (

India's Billionaires Club

James Crabtree | FT | 16 November 2012

Who are India’s new business elite, what do they think about the wealth amassed by their peers, and will it help or harm their country? Crabtree goes in search of answers with "India's Warren Buffett" Comments (

How To Survive Societal Collapse In Suburbia

Keith O'Brien | NYT | 16 November 2012

Demand for shelters, stockpiles spiked with 9/11. And again thanks to 2012 endtime myth. Fresh wind from Hurricane Sandy. Amateurs stock up for 72 hours without power. Professionals prepare for end of world as we know it Comments (

Is There A Jewish Gene?

Richard Lewontin | NYRB | 16 November 2012

No, but almost. "An element on the Y chromosome of males has been passed down at least for several millenia in the male line of the Cohanim family. Its presence in a man’s genome is evidence of descent from the priestly class" Comments (

Making Cents

Damon Krukowski | Pitchfork | 14 November 2012

The business model for musicians is broken. Do you know how broken? Damon Krukowski had his song "Tugboat" played 14,000 times on Pandora and Spotify in Jan-Mar this year. The three songwriters got 42 cents each (h/t Fred Duthy) Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Steven Amsterdam on Worry

The author tells us about books that have anxiety at their heart, ranging from obsessional love and chronic neurosis to conspiracy theory paranoia and existential angst Read on (


The Petraeus Affair

An affair with his biographer has cost the CIA director, David Petraeus, his job. Should it have done? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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Violence  by James Gilligan

Lord Alderdice says ( : "This book was profoundly important because it said: ‘Don’t try to deal with violence as a moral question of good and ill. You have to understand it as a question of disturbance and damage.’" FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day



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Quote of the Day

Adam Mars-Jones, on parody (

"Parody can tell you everything about its target, except how people could have taken it seriously in the first place"

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