Weekly newsletter 19


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Best of the Week

[5]Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/mZhNiT

Don Peck | Atlantic | 9 August 2011

Thoughtful essay on US wealth divide. "If the economic and cultural trends
  under way continue unabated, class mobility will likely decrease in the
  future, and class divides may eventually grow beyond our ability to bridge
  them" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-middle-class-be-saved

[7]Beyond Space-Time
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/oFyz9R

Amanda Gefter | New Scientist | 8 August 2011

Fascinating introduction to new theory of reality proposed by Canadian
  physicists. Could lead to unification of general relativity and quantum
  mechanics. This is Phase Space, a curious eight-dimensional world
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beyond-space-time

[9]Leap Of Faith
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/qcCzJw

Ryan Lizza | New Yorker | 15 August 2011

Everything you need to know about Michele Bachmann, Tea Party insurgent and
  2012 Republican contender. A woman who offers "a set of beliefs more extreme
  than those of any American politician of her stature, including Sarah Palin"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/leap-faith

[11]Riots: The Underclass Lashes Out
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/njw7kN

Mary Riddell | Telegraph | 8 August 2011

Inequality of income, opportunity and education is laid bare. Riots reveal
  "a section of young Britain – the stabbers, shooters, looters, chancers and
  their frightened acolytes – has fallen off the cliff-edge of a crumbling
  nation" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/riots-underclass-lashes-out

[13]Cincinnati
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nv98sI

James Pogue | n+1 | 8 August 2011

Bravo. Lovely long essay capturing the great and small events of American
  life as played out in a medium-sized midwestern city. Nothing seems to
  happen here, and yet everything is of interest. Especially the serial killer
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cincinnati

[15]It’s The Economy, Dummkopf!
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/ogmh8k

Michael Lewis | Vanity Fair | 10 August 2011

Far-reaching investigation into Germany's attitude to money and role as euro
  saviour. "In this financial world of deceit, Germans are natives on a
  protected island who have not been inoculated against the virus carried by
  visitors" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/it’s-economy-dummkopf

[17]Who Stole The Mona Lisa?
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/qpYmDg

Simon Kuper | Slate/FT | 7 August 2011

Great tale of theft of famous painting from Louvre in 1911. Security
  eccentric, at best. More than a day passed before alarm was raised. Police
  investigation stunningly incompetent. At one point, Picasso suspected
  [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-stole-mona-lisa

[19]The Cult Of Cats
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/qhJCDb

Tom Chatfield | Prospect | 20 July 2011

Domestication of a species is usually for the benefit of humans. But cats
  are not useful to humans in any instrumental sense. They invited themselves
  in, persuaded us to feed them, had us cleaning up the mess. How did they do
  it? [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cult-cats

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Jonathan Keates on Great Letter Writers
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-keates-on-great-letter-writers

Queen Victoria was anything but Victorian and Lord Byron was more vulnerable
  than we think, says writer Jonathan Keates – who considers emails a poor
  substitute for a hand-written correspondence [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-keates-on-great-letter-writers

Featured Topic

[23]UK Riots
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/uk-riots

This  is  our selection of the best writing on the riots to date. Keep
  checking this page for updates over the coming days [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/uk-riots

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom
  – Telegraph Blogs - [25]goo.gl/lJSZ0 [26]#browsings [27]More like this
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      25. http://goo.gl/lJSZ0
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/gourmet-by-lu-wenfu

[29]The Gourmet by Lu Wenfu
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/gourmet-by-lu-wenfu

[30]Fuchsia Dunlop says:_ “It's a delightfully witty and humorous story by a
  Suzhou-born writer and a kind of allegory for how difficult it is to build
  an ideal world through ideology” _[31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fuschia-dunlop-on-chinese-food
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]SmartBird
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/smartbird

Markus  Fischer,  of  German engineering company Festo, demonstrates a
  mechanical bird [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]John Naughton, on rioting
    Links:
      34. http://twitter.com/jjn1/status/101058755189420032

"Prosperity doesn't trickle down, but greed does"

[35]More quotes
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      35. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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