Weekly newsletter 43


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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]What's Wrong With The Teenage Mind?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yIFvTT

Alison Gopnik | WSJ | 28 January 2012

Children are reaching puberty earlier and earlier in life. And yet
  these same children are adopting adult roles later and later. Which
  makes for "a good deal of teenage weirdness". Fine essay explains
  what's really going on [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/whats-wrong-teenage-mind

[7]Banks Weren't Meant To Be Like This
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/xmWnyv

Michael Hudson | Naked Capitalism | 27 January 2012

"Banking has moved so far away from funding industrial growth and
  economic development that it now benefits at the economy’s expense in a
  predatory and extractive way, not by making productive loans."
  Something has to change [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/banks-werent-meant-be

[9]The Most Terrible Polar Exploration Ever
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yFKuQN

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 27 January 2012

Utterly gripping account of Douglas Mawson's 1912-13 Antarctic
  expedition. Unimaginable hardship in the cause of science. Mawson's
  hair fell out, skin peeled off. He survived only by bathing his eyes in
  cocaine and eating his dogs [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/most-terrible-polar-exploration-ever

[11]We're All In The Same Boat
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wixqKl

Adam Curtis | BBC | 31 January 2012

Social history of the cruise ship industry, from the 1960s to the wreck
  of the Costa Concordia. Ships as "giant floating theatrical bubbles" in
  which ordinary people could behave for a while as though they were
  upper class [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/were-all-same-boat

[13]Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/wHLz6j

Paul Mason | Scribd | 31 January 2012

Compelling tour d'horizon of political, social, economic turmoil. Is
  this a "50-year moment" where crisis leads to protectionism, economic
  nationalism, de-globalisation? Or could it be something much bigger – a
  500-year event? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-its-kicking-everywhere

[15]Jonathan Haidt Decodes The Tribal Psychology Of Politics
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xTw0t1

Marc Parry | Chronicle | 29 January 2012

"Liberals need to be shaken. They simply misunderstand conservatives
  far more than the other way around." Enjoyable profile of moral
  psychologist Haidt. Turns out he praises Sarah Palin. Enjoys Glenn
  Beck. Even reads National Review [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/jonathan-haidt-decodes-tribal-psychology-politics

[17]The Story Of A Suicide
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/zz245J

Ian Parker | New Yorker | 30 January 2012

Remember the case of the Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi, who committed
  suicide after his roommate allegedly filmed him having gay sex and
  broadcast it online? This monumental reconstruction suggests it wasn't
  that straightforward [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/story-suicide

[19]To My Old Master
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/wuK7qX

Jourdan Anderson | Letters Of Note | 30 January 2012

US colonel writes to former slave, requesting he return to work. Former
  slave replies, in some style. Signs off with: "Say howdy to George
  Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were
  shooting at me" [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-old-master

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Clive Stafford Smith on Capital Punishment
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/clive-stafford-smith-on-capital-punishment

The lawyer, who’s defended many clients on death row, tells us why the
  legal system in capital cases is set up to fail, and says all of us
  should know more about what happens in an execution [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/clive-stafford-smith-on-capital-punishment

Featured Topic

[23]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but
  is middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?
  [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav The Fireplace Delusion : Sam Harris [25]t.co/joakuqvL via
  @SamHarrisOrg [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/joakuqvL
      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/history-bombing-by-sven-lindqvist

[29]A History of Bombing by Sven Lindqvist
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/history-bombing-by-sven-lindqvist

[30]Geoff Dyer says: “I remember, when it came out, thinking this is
  way more original than any of the novels on this year’s Booker Prize
  list” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/geoff-dyer-on-unusual-histories
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]London Coffee Bars, 1950s
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/london-coffee-bars-1950s

Many a man who had thought to make his fortune from a sack of beans
  found himself slaving over a spaghetti bolognaise [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]E.M. Cioran, on certainty
    Links:
      34. http://www.fraglit.com/impassioned/quotations/aphorisms/cioran-p.htm

"We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly"

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

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