Weekly newsletter 29


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Best of the Week

[5]Obituary: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/qAjXDV

Anonymous | Telegraph | 20 October 2011

Every bit as good as you might expect. At an African Union summit, "his
  entourage consisted of a personal jet, a container ship loaded with buses,
  goat carcases and prayer mats, $6m in petty cash and 400 security guards"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-colonel-muammar-gaddafi

[7]The Great Tech War Of 2012
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pzMXl3

Farhad Manjoo | Fast Company | 17 October 2011

The four American companies that have come to define 21st century
  information technology and entertainment are on the verge of war. Amazon,
  Apple, Facebook and Google will fight it out across many markets. The rest
  are dust [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-tech-war-2012

[9]My Soapbox Advice To OWS
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/nfWflf

Mark Cuban | Blog Maverick | 14 October 2011

Billionaire offers an agenda to Wall Street protesters. Reach out to small
  shareholders everywhere. Call for a tax on financial transactions. Cap
  student loans at $2,000 a year. Turn all investment banks into partnerships
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-soapbox-advice-ows

[11]How Friends Ruin Memory: The Social Conformity Effect
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/p8ce9k

Jonah Lehrer | Frontal Cortex | 18 October 2011

We all know stories get embellished. Now we know a bit more about how and
  why it happens. New research shows that the opinion of other people can
  alter our personal memories, even over a relatively short period of time
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-friends-ruin-memory-social-conformity-effect

[13]Dropbox: Tech's Hottest Startup
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/oyvJBv

Victoria Barret | Forbes | 18 October 2011

It has 50m customers. 96% of them pay nothing. But it's grossing $240m this
  year, and growing exponentially. Apple tried to buy it. Now Apple is trying
  to kill it. "You're a feature, not a product." How Dropbox solved freemium
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dropbox-techs-hottest-startup

[15]Among The Russians
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/pYKdom

Edward Docx | Prospect | 19 October 2011

Charming, light-touch account of meeting of European writers at Tolstoy
  family estate. Talk concerns the great man, the position of writers in the
  West and Russia, and the state of literary prizes. Much laughter, and vodka,
  ensue [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/among-russians

[17]Peyton's Place
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/qfoiT8

John Jeremiah Sullivan | GQ | 17 October 2011

Writer and family move from one-bed apartment to big neo-colonial house in
  Wilmington, North Carolina. But, oops, how to pay the mortgage? The house
  had been used in TV shows and films before. So why not again? Fun stuff
  [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/peytons-place

[19]The Invisible Fastball
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/oidlx3

Chris Ballard & Owen Good | Sports Illustrated | 11 October 2011

A baseball tale from 1950s America when players were neither wealthy nor
  coddled. And a minor league pitcher by the name of Kelly Jack Swift, who
  farmed tobacco and threw only fastballs, accomplished something we'll never
  see again [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/invisible-fastball

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Norman Stone on Turkish History
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-stone-on-turkish-history

Turkey is rediscovering its Ottoman past, says the British professor living
  in  Ankara. He tells us where to find compelling insights into Turkish
  history, and says he’d rather have medical treatment in Turkey than England
  [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-stone-on-turkish-history

Featured Topic

[23]Revolution In Libya
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/revolution-libya

With the death of Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan uprising is almost complete
  and the nation-building can begin. Read our selection of articles about the
  ousted Libyan leader's brutal 42-year rule and the revolt that's raised
  hopes of a better future   [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/revolution-libya

Reader Recommendations

_@mrianleslie_   Will   Self   on  being  ill,  amazingly  good  writing
  [25]t.co/m5WAMmBF [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/m5WAMmBF
      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/heroes-by-robert-cormier

[29]Heroes by Robert Cormier
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/heroes-by-robert-cormier

[30]Melvin Burgess says: “Cormier was doing stuff for teenagers long before
  anyone else. I think he is the single most important writer in this genre by
  a long chalk” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/melvin-burgess-on-children’s-and-teenage-fiction
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]"Lord Monckton"
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/lord-monckton

Climate-change skeptic unmasked as a deep-cover comic alter-ego of Sasha
  Baron-Cohen [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Thomas Mann, on writing
    Links:
      34. http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2011/10/among-the-russians

“Writers are people who find writing more difficult than other people"

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

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