Weekly newsletter 10


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Best of the Week

[1]The Renaissance Man
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/ktYjF6

Ed Yong | Not Exactly Rocket Science | 8 June 2011

Profile of Erez Lieberman Aiden, a most unusual scientist who tackles
  problems from molecular biology and applied physics with equal ease. “He’s
  truly one of a kind. I just wonder about what discipline he will get a Nobel
  prize in" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/renaissance-man

[3]Why Are The French So Determined To Run The IMF?
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/kKXlWp

Simon Johnson | Baseline Scenario | 3 June 2011

If economics isn't your area, this will make the scales fall from your eyes.
  Superb, concise commentary on eurozone financial troubles and the IMF, by
  the fund's former chief economist. Thanks @polit2k for alerting us
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-are-french-so-determined-run-imf

[5]Bob Rodriguez: The Man Who Sees Another Crash
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/iRvPlZ

Mina Kimes | Fortune | 6 June 2011

Enjoyable profile of money manager who famously predicted last two financial
  crashes. Son of a Mexican immigrant, he started out as a door-to-door
  encyclopedia salesman. Now heads $16bn fund. And he sees trouble ahead.
  Again [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bob-rodriguez-man-who-sees-another-crash

[7]In Praise Of Pragmatism
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jA3bPy

Tim Harford | Independent | 7 June 2011

"Because the pragmatist tries to take each situation on its own merits and
  figure out a sensible way forward, pragmatism tends to look hesitant, messy,
  and prone to error." But that's no reason to side with ideologues instead
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/praise-pragmatism

[9]The Press And The Arab Spring
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/mHtQxe

Chris Doyle | Caabu | 6 June 2011

Six reasons why Western reporting of the Arab uprisings has been flawed.
  Sometimes even downright poor. "How many of the phalanx of reporters who
  covered the last hours of Ben Ali had ever filed a report from Tunis
  before?" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/press-and-arab-spring

[11]The Baddest Lawyer In The History Of Jersey
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/iVoD4i

Mark Jacobson | New York | 5 June 2011

Astonishing story of Paul Bergrin, "advocate to killers, whorehouse
  proprietors, bum-check-passing beauty queens, Lil’ Kim, and a thousand
  forgotten street hoodlums". Awaiting trial on charges of having potential
  witnesses killed [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/baddest-lawyer-history-jersey

[13]How I Failed, Failed, And Finally Succeeded At Learning How To Code
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/kP8buQ

James Somers | Atlantic | 3 June 2011

Accessible, engaging piece recounts writer's efforts to become a computer
  programmer. With results immediately apparent and regular small payoffs,
  it's a naturally addictive activity. Shame school teaching is off-putting to
  so many [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-i-failed-failed-and-finally-succeeded-learning-how-code

[15]Naked In Berlin
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/jG1wBQ

Siobhan Dowling | Slow Travel Berlin | 7 June 2011

Irish woman adapts to life among Berliners. "Never mind bratwurst and
  biergartens, the sign of true integration is being able to get naked with
  the Germans." And don't they love it. At the gym, badminton court, parks.
  Even shopping [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/naked-berlin

FiveBooks Interview

[17]TC Boyle on Man and Nature
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tc-boyle-on-man-and-nature

The novelist and nature lover tells us about delicious dodos, angry tigers,
  snakes on planes and why Viagra saves rhinos

Featured Topic

[18]Film
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

What do film directors read? Is screenwriting literature? What are the best
  Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? Our experts and editors have
  the answers. For the film buff who browses ...

Reader Recommendations

@[19]nppolicyanalyst Must read >> Simon Johnson: The Banking Emperor Has No
  Clothes     -     NYTimes.com    - [20]goo.gl/wK4TV #[21]browsings via
  @[22]polit2k @[23]yvessmith
    Links:
      19. http://twitter.com/nppolicyanalyst
      20. http://goo.gl/wK4TV
      21. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://twitter.com/yvessmith

Book of the Week

[24]Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East by Patrick Seale
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/asad-struggle-middle-east-by-patrick-seale

[25]Nikolaos van Dam says: "You can read this book from page one to the end,
  not only as an academic book but also as a thriller"
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nikolaos-van-dam-on-syria

Video of the Week

[26]Tyler Cowen: The Great Stagnation
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/tyler-cowen-great-stagnation

TEDx talk. Americans are not as innovative as they think they are, or as
  they need to be

Quote of the Week

[27]Joe Posnanski, on tennis
    Links:
      27. http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/06/06/the-unbeatable-rafa

"Federer’s game is scissors. Nadal’s game is stone"

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