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Best of the Week

[5]The Surreal Ruins Of Qaddafi's Never-Never Land
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/pOMjBd

Robert Worth | NYT | 21 September 2011

Another superb despatch by Worth, this time picking over the ruins of former
  Libyan leader's cruel regime. Meets computer hacker who worked for the
  state, female executioner, and some of those who fought or were targeted for
  killing [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/surreal-ruins-qaddafis-never-never-land

[7]Dr Don
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/putYoB

Peter Hessler | New Yorker | 20 September 2011

New Yorker at its best—and that's setting the bar high. Profile of Don
  Colcord, small-town pharmacist in Colorado. Dispenses drugs and medical
  advice, fixes watches, knows customers by name, helps out poor, holds town
  together [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dr-don

[9]Debunking The Cul-de-Sac
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/orapKQ

Emily Badger | Atlantic Cities | 19 September 2011

Safest cities in America are the ones incorporated before 1930, when streets
  were laid out in grids. Fashion and regulation shifted then to favouring
  winding streets and cul-de-sacs. Which turn out to be inefficient and
  dangerous [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/debunking-cul-de-sac

[11]Next Step Infinity
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/prNE4M

Anthony Aguirre | Edge | 9 August 2011

How did we miss this last month? Outstanding enquiry into nature of
  infinity. All the old favourites feature: Relativity, the Big Bang, multiple
  universes. Along with some of the most perplexing philosophical questions
  imaginable [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/next-step-infinity

[13]Number One With A Bullet
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pEIG5V

Rowan Jacobsen | Outside | 19 September 2011

The poacher shot the rhino dead. Lopped off her horn. And fled. But forest
  guards were onto him. And "unlike most guards in most parks in India, they
  were armed. And they had license to kill." Welcome to the future of
  conservation [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/number-one-bullet

[15]How Should We Make Hard Decisions?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/qPPm8d

Jonah Lehrer | Frontal Cortex | 20 September 2011

Most presume that tricky decisions are best made by following pure reason.
  Not by succumbing to gut instincts. But some surprising early-stage research
  suggests a different strategy: "When the going gets tough, go with your gut"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-should-we-make-hard-decisions

[17]The Art Of Winning An (Even More) Unfair Game
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/r1Q8OX

Tom Verducci | Sports Illustrated | 20 September 2011

Moneyball, now a film starring Brad Pitt, took statistical analysis in
  baseball into the mainstream. But the biggest benefits flowed not to Billy
  Beane's Oakland Athletics, but to richer teams like the Boston Red Sox
  [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/art-winning-even-more-unfair-game

[19]‘The Finest Life You Ever Saw’
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/nRook4

James Salter | NYRB | 22 September 2011

Lovely Salter piece assessing life and works of Ernest Hemingway. Trademark
  writing style apparent at age of 16, when Hemingway wrote of a trout-fishing
  trip: "Great fun fighting them in the dark in the deep swift river"
  [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/‘-finest-life-you-ever-saw’

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Kenan Malik on Morality Without God
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god

Religion is often presented as the guardian of moral values. The problem
  with this, says the author and broadcaster, is that it diminishes what it
  means to be human. He draws on Plato and a medieval Arab poet to explain why
  [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god

Featured Topic

[23]REM Split Up
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/rem-split

They started out as skinny college kids in Athens, Georgia and over 31 years
  together created some of the most inventive, satisfying music of our time.
  Enjoy our retrospective of words and sounds [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/rem-split

Reader Recommendations

_@citation_needed_ Fascinating interview with Richard Dawkins by the NYT -
  [25]t.co/6y6glXF0 [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/6y6glXF0
      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/genealogy-morality-by-friedrich-nietzsche-translated-maudemarie-clark-and-alan-j-swensen

[29]On the Genealogy of Morality by Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by
Maudemarie Clark and Alan J Swensen
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/genealogy-morality-by-friedrich-nietzsche-translated-maudemarie-clark-and-alan-j-swensen

[30]Brian Leiter says: “This deals with the two absolutely central questions
  for Nietzsche, namely what’s wrong with our morality and the problem of
  suffering” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/brian-leiter-on-nietzsche
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Downfall Of A Cult Californian Winery
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/downfall-cult-californian-winery

Fooling around with "Downfall" is a well-trodden path now, but this is still
  fun
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Jonathan Good, on photographs
    Links:
      34. http://1000memories.com/blog/94-number-of-photos-ever-taken-digital-and-analog-in-shoebox

"Ten percent of all photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months"

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

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