Newsletter 862

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Best of the Moment

The Plight Of The Alpha Female

Kay Hymowitz | City Journal | 3 December 2012

"Can I e-mail you later? I’m in labor." Would changes to maternity leave, child care and flexitime help women reach the occupational 1%? Or do the sacrifices still required mean that for many women it's simply not worth it? Comments (

Just Because Mohammad Morsi Is Paranoid Doesn't Mean He Doesn't Have Enemies

Nathan Brown | New Republic | 3 December 2012

"The question can be asked of all of Egypt’s leading political actors: Are they purposely trying to destroy the country’s democratic hopes or merely doing so by accident?" Comments (

No One Likes A City That's Too Smart

Richard Sennett | Guardian | 4 December 2012

The trouble with new, architect-designed cities: There's not enough room for randomness. "A city is not a machine. We want cities that work well enough, but are open to the shifts, uncertainties, and mess which are real life" Comments (

The Wrong Solution To The Wrong Problem

Kenan Malik | Pandaemonium | 1 December 2012

After the Leveson Inquiry. "The trouble with a more regulated press is that it is likely to become more, not less, tame and conformist, less willing to get itself into trouble, less prepared to confront those who hold power" Comments (

Threat Level

Richard Beck | n+1 | 3 December 2012

Against Homeland. "Gordon and Gansa like to describe their new project as confessing the sins of its fascistic pro-torture predecessor, 24. In practice, however, Homeland indulges many of the same fantasies" Comments (

Every Man His Own Shopping Channel

Mark O'Connell | Dublin Review | 3 December 2012

On the rise of the unboxing video: "A visual document of the consummation of the purchaser–product relationship, that apex of possibility and anticipation right before the slow, inevitable decline into disappointment and neglect" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Richard Beeston on Spies, Lies and Foreign Correspondents

The former foreign correspondent takes us on a gloriously anecdotal ramble through the history of war reporting, espionage and journalistic half-truths, and recalls his encounters and friendship with "the third man" Kim Philby Read on (


American Prisons

An epidemic of incarceration. A prison system that provides neither retributive justice nor rehabilitation. Is this America's moral catastrophe? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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Bleak House  by Charles Dickens

Peter Ackroyd says ( : “Bleak House is the work which most powerfully suggests the darkness of London. It conveys a haunted city, half pantomime-half graveyard” FiveBooks Archive (

Quote of the Day

Warren Buffett, on confirmation bias (

"What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact"

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