Weekly newsletter 33

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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]The Left-Behinds
      5. http://b.rw/uF8fvu

Michael Hirsh | National Journal | 21 November 2011

Today America struggles with record numbers of long-term unemployed and a
  dwindling middle class. But this isn't a sudden effect of the financial
  crisis – it's the result of three decades of short-sighted economic policy.
  Here's why [6]Comments
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/left-behinds

[7]Fiber-Optics Exec By Day, Defender Of Justice By Night
      7. http://b.rw/sPOtxX

Joshua Davis | Wired | 22 November 2011

Astonishing story of successful sales exec who ran bizarre paramilitary
  vigilante squad. His team included a 360lb postal worker, a lookalike
  Playboy bunny and a weapons expert. Together they hunted down Ponzi scheme
  fraudsters [8]Comments
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fiber-optics-exec-day-defender-justice-night

[9]When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?
      9. http://b.rw/w3jlSb

David Frum | New York | 20 November 2011

A disillusioned Republican writes. "In the face of dwindling upward mobility
  and stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem
  to have shrunk to just one: More tax cuts for the very highest earners"
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/when-did-gop-lose-touch-reality

[11]Athens Diary
      11. http://b.rw/tivmGX

James Meek | LRB | 22 November 2011

Notebook from a country unravelling. Only businesses thriving are pawn shops
  and precious metal buyers. Economy is reverting to the 1950s. Get food from
  relatives in the countryside, money from relatives aboard [12]Comments
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/athens-diary

[13]Facebook Is Starting To Lose Its Touch
      13. http://b.rw/sW9zNa

Kevin Kelleher | Reuters | 22 November 2011

800 million users. An IPO looming. Even a Facebook phone is rumoured. But it
  has a problem too: It's ruining sharing. "Simply put, Facebook is making the
  quantity of content more important than the quality." It may be a cardinal
  sin [14]Comments
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/facebook-starting-lose-its-touch

[15]Philosophy Of Mind: An Overview
      15. http://b.rw/v6NX35

Laura Weed | Philosophy Now | 16 November 2011

Useful backgrounder on complex subject – the nature of the mind,
  consciousness and perception. Can you distinguish verificationism from
  behaviourism and scientific reductionism? No? Don't worry, this should set
  you straight [16]Comments
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/philosophy-mind-overview

      17. http://b.rw/toL7pA

Mattathias Schwartz | New Yorker | 21 November 2011

Creator of Occupy Wall Street is a 69-year-old who lives on a farm outside
  Vancouver. Born in Estonia; grew up in Australia where he designed computer
  war games for the military. Principal collaborator hasn't seen him for four
  years [18]Comments
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/pre-occupied

[19]George’s God
      19. http://b.rw/uTXNa0

Andrew Ferguson | Weekly Standard | 21 November 2011

Revisiting George Harrison, 10 years after his death from cancer. A man of
  two halves. Good George was a modest fellow, devoted to spiritualism and
  Krishna. Bad George had an "heroic capacity for cocaine, brandy, and
  adultery" [20]Comments
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/george’s-god

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Tim Parks on Italian Fiction
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-parks-on-italian-fiction

The author, who’s lived in Italy for 30 years, takes us off the beaten track
  through humour, satire and social history to recommend five richly rewarding
  works of Italian fiction [22]Read on
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-parks-on-italian-fiction

Featured Topic

[23]Extreme Food
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

From foraging in the wild to foul restaurant dining, here is our toothsome
  selection of writing on the world of extreme food [24]Read on
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ Andy Haldane | The financial sector's contribution to the economy
  over-esti .. [25]t.co/NqKCtev8 _@voxeu #gfc2 #browsings_ h/t _@Ian_Fraser_
  [26]#browsings [27]More like this
      25. http://t.co/NqKCtev8
      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/when-drummers-were-women-by-layne-redmond

[29]When the Drummers Were Women by Layne Redmond
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/when-drummers-were-women-by-layne-redmond

[30]Santigold says: “This book is not just about drumming – it tells the
  story  of  the  relationship between women, music, religion and power”
  [31]FiveBooks Archive
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/santigold-on-musical-influences
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/darkness-visible-afghanistan

"No one sees what is happening here." An extraordinary short film in six
  [33]More videos
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Andy Borowitz channels Rick Perry
      34. http://twitter.com/BorowitzReport/status/137266911309332480

"I would eliminate all the parts of government I can't remember"

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

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