Weekly newsletter 35


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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

Weekly Newsletter

Best of the Week

[5]Trial Of The Will
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/vARPQg

Christopher Hitchens | Vanity Fair | 7 December 2011

Powerful piece of writing on dealing with disease, pain, death. From one of
  the great essayists. Does “whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” hold
  true? Not when the very medicine that sustains you, weakens you [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trial-will

[7]Aboard Air France 447
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/uWfm3a

Jeff Wise | Popular Mechanics | 6 December 2011

Black box recordings retell events aboard Air France Airbus that crashed in
  2009 killing 228. Gripping, if worrying, read. Confused co-pilot flew into a
  severe thunderstorm, tried to climb above it, stalled the plane [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/aboard-air-france-447

[9]The Art Of Financial Disaster
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/sZJU2F

John Lanchester | London Review Of Books | 6 December 2011

Another superb piece of writing on the financial crisis by Lanchester.
  Picking apart the detail of three recent scandals – sale of Northern Rock to
  Virgin, demise of MF Global and bizarre happenings at camera maker Olympus
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/short-cuts-0

[11]How Doctors Die
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ucKR4W

Ken Murray | Zocalo | 4 December 2011

"What’s unusual is not how much treatment they get compared to most
  Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the
  deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death
  themselves" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-doctors-die

[13]Out-Of-Body Experience: Master Of Illusion
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/tdkYwl

Ed Yong | Nature | 7 December 2011

"It is not every day that you are separated from your body and then stabbed
  in the chest with a kitchen knife." So begins a terrific feature on
  neuroscientist Henrik Ehrsson and his ground-breaking research into our
  sense of self [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/out-body-experience-master-illusion

[15]What Makes A Rogue Trader?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/to6EcL

John Gapper | FT | 2 December 2011

"Like the cycles of financial speculation and crashes that have occurred
  throughout history, rogue traders are always with us." Fascinating on what
  drives us to gamble recklessly. Helps to know your bird-watching, says
  Gapper [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-makes-rogue-trader

[17]A Monster Among the 'Frum'
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/tXGBYh

Matthew Shaer | New York | 4 December 2011

When an eight-year-old Jewish boy disappeared in an orthodox neighbourhood
  of Brooklyn in July, the community mobilised to find out what had happened.
  What came next was unexpected. They were looking for a killer from within
  [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/monster-among-frum

[19]Welcome To The Age Of Overparenting
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/rGO07z

Katherine Ozment | Boston Magazine | 30 November 2011

Cautionary tale of modern parenting: "I’d bought into the self-esteem dogma
  — the idea that bathing our children in good feeling and positive
  reinforcement arms them with the confidence they need to lead better lives."
  A mistake [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/welcome-age-overparenting

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Mike Dash on Hidden History
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mike-dash-on-hidden-history

The best stories from history lie beyond the margins of textbooks, says the
  historian. He tells us about five extraordinary tales from the past, from
  visions  of the Virgin Mary to the golden age of American con artistry
  [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mike-dash-on-hidden-history

Featured Topic

[23]Syria Revolts
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
  But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here  [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_  Europe’s  disastrous summit | Felix Salmon _t.co/WqWWgtAW_ LOL
  "Eur ozone"_ #gfc2 #gd2 #eurocrisis_ [25]#browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-rich-rise-and-fall-greatest-texas-oil-fortunes-by-bryan-burrough

[28]The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan
Burrough
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-rich-rise-and-fall-greatest-texas-oil-fortunes-by-bryan-burrough

[29]Attica  Locke  says: “There’s no way to understand the culture and
  politics of Texas without talking about oil. The oil industry fuelled the
  rise of Texas” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/attica-locke-on-texas
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[31]Flight Assembled Architecture
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/flight-assembled-architecture

Flying robots build a tower (becomes clear 40 secs in). How long before
  construction workers have no jobs?
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[33]William Davis, on money
    Links:
      33. http://www.newstatesman.com/magazines/2011/11/capitalism-essay-wealth-crisis

"The current crisis is not simply a market failure in which prices are not
    functioning properly, but a loss of faith in money's capacity to tell the
    truth"

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

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