A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
Best of the Week
Trial Of The Will
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 Comments
Aboard Air France 447
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 Comments
The Art Of Financial Disaster
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
How Doctors Die
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
Out-Of-Body Experience: Master Of Illusion
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 Comments
What Makes A Rogue Trader?
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
A Monster Among the 'Frum'
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
Welcome To The Age Of Overparenting
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 Comments
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
Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here Read on
_@polit2k_ Europe’s disastrous summit | Felix Salmon _t.co/WqWWgtAW_ LOL
"Eur ozone"_ #gfc2 #gd2 #eurocrisis_ #browsings More like this
Book of the Week
Book of the Day
The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan
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” FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Week
Flight Assembled Architecture
Flying robots build a tower (becomes clear 40 secs in). How long before
construction workers have no jobs?
Quote of the Week
William Davis, on money
"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
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