Weekly newsletter 32


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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

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Best of the Week

[5]Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-americans-wont-do-dirty-jobs

[7]How The GOP Became The Party Of The Rich
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-gop-became-party-rich

[9]The King Of Human Error
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/king-human-error

[11]'In Assad’s Syria, There Is No Imagination'
    Links:
      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]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/“-assad’s-syria-there-no-imagination”

[13]The Resentment Machine
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/resentment-machine

[15]Orphans
    Links:
      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]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/orphans

[17]Magnificent Visions
    Links:
      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]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/magnificent-visions

[19]How To Take Your 4-Year-Old Daughter To A Football Game
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-take-your-4-year-old-daughter-football-game

FiveBooks Interview

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

Featured Topic

[23]Time
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/oranges-by-john-mcphee

[29]Oranges by John McPhee
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-estabrook-on-food-production
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

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

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

Quote of the Week

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

"Love is selective. Hatred is collective"

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

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