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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
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Best of the Week

[5]Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs
      5. http://b.rw/vVKtdk

Elizabeth Dwoskin | Businessweek | 10 November 2011

Alabama has 18% unemployment. But there are lots of difficult, dirty jobs
  available. New laws forced migrant workers out; now few Americans are
  prepared to take on their roles. “I have 158 jobs, I need to give them to
  somebody" [6]Comments
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-americans-wont-do-dirty-jobs

[7]How The GOP Became The Party Of The Rich
      7. http://b.rw/t5kKT1

Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone | 9 November 2011

History of modern American fiscal policy, from the inflation of the 1970s
  through to the Bush tax cuts and the Tea Party. Because it's in Rolling
  Stone it's actually fun to read, and full of stuff to make non-rich people
  angry [8]Comments
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-gop-became-party-rich

[9]The King Of Human Error
      9. http://b.rw/vas7z8

Michael Lewis | Vanity Fair | 8 November 2011

"When I first met Kahneman he was making himself more miserable about his
  unfinished book than any writer I’d seen. It turned out to be just a warm-up
  for the misery to come, the start of an extraordinary act of literary
  masochism" [10]Comments
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/king-human-error

[11]'In Assad’s Syria, There Is No Imagination'
      11. http://b.rw/v8w0R1

Anthony Shadid | Frontline | 8 November 2011

Hafez al-Assad was a ruthless cynic who ruled Syria with fear and violence.
  Son Bashar thought he could lighten up, get popular, and hold on to power
  that way. Wrong. Once you've built a wall of dread, you can't dismantle it
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/“-assad’s-syria-there-no-imagination”

[13]The Resentment Machine
      13. http://b.rw/t24Ubx

Freddie deBoer | New Inquiry | 7 November 2011

Provocative essay on capitalism, Internet. We are raised to compete for
  status, material rewards. So, as adults, we invest great meaning in the
  "cultural goods" we acquire. Web amplifies this, defining us by our vacuous
  consumption [14]Comments
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/resentment-machine

      15. http://b.rw/uCASQr

Steve Silberman | Fray | 10 November 2011

"My dad was always a punctual man, even in death." Steve Silberman remembers
  the life and death of his father in this moving and very personal essay
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/orphans

[17]Magnificent Visions
      17. http://b.rw/tX4b7T

Ted Mann | Vanity Fair | 11 November 2011

Intrepid writer goes to Peru in search of hallucinogen ayahuasca. Encounters
  mysterious shamans and seven-storey pyramid on the Amazon, built by an
  Englishman inspired by the mind-altering drug. Then he tries it himself
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/magnificent-visions

[19]How To Take Your 4-Year-Old Daughter To A Football Game
      19. http://b.rw/sEc1WQ

Willie Geist | Grantland | 9 November 2011

"Ever since I moved to New York I've been meaning to go to a Columbia
  University football game. But it's tough to find a wingman for a trip like
  that. This year, I stopped asking my wife. Instead, I invited my 4-year-old
  daughter" [20]Comments
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-take-your-4-year-old-daughter-football-game

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Alex Ross on Writing about Music
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alex-ross-on-writing-about-music

Music gets deep inside us and inspires great writing too, says the music
  critic.  He tells us about Nietzsche’s infatuation with Wagner, Thomas
  Mann’s imaginary compositions and what John Cage really meant by his 4’33”
  of silence [22]Read on
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alex-ross-on-writing-about-music

Featured Topic

      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

What is it? Why isn't it the same everywhere? Can we travel through time?
  Will there be an end to time? Read on to find out [24]Read on
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

Reader Recommendations

_@mrianleslie_ Short, beautifully written recollection of Alan Turing, by
  Alan Garner: [25]t.co/8ysvK5CJ [26]#browsings [27]More like this
      25. http://t.co/8ysvK5CJ
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/oranges-by-john-mcphee

[29]Oranges by John McPhee
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/oranges-by-john-mcphee

[30]Barry Estabrook says: “It is a short book and it is not a political
  book. But you come away never being able to look at an orange in the same
  way again” [31]FiveBooks Archive
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-estabrook-on-food-production
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Burning Man 2011
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/burning-man-2011

Time-lapse video. Long but loveable. Wish you were here [33]More videos
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Umberto Eco, on emotion
      34. http://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/622.Umberto_Eco

"Love is selective. Hatred is collective"

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

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