Weekly newsletter 46


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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]The Conversion
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/A9XXmK

William Saletan | Slate | 22 February 2012

"To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult
  passage of his political life: How he changed his position on abortion.
  Not the story he tells about it, but the real story." A painstaking,
  fascinating piece [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/conversion

[7]Form And Fortune
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/y3RAEA

Evgeny Morozov | New Republic | 22 February 2012

Best review yet of Isaacson's "Jobs". Maybe even better than the book.
  Full of good stuff on Apple's design and marketing, its debt to the
  Bauhaus. Makes the case that, for once, "corporate philosophy" is not
  too strong a term [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/form-and-fortune

[9]Cheating Death
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/y3VKkd

Alex Byrne | Boston Review | 21 February 2012

Can you survive death? For the time being it's a question of
  technology. But if the tech ever gets solved, it will become a question
  of philosophy. If you can store or replicate your mind or your body,
  will it still be you? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cheating-death

[11]Party Crasher
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/w4M8El

Kelefa Sanneh | New Yorker | 20 February 2012

With Ron Paul. "When he warns against threatening Iran, or calls the
  war on drugs 'a total failure,' or observes that 'rich white people
  don’t get the death penalty very often,' he seems like a man competing
  in a separate contest" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/party-crasher

[13]Research, No Motion
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zutOou

Jesse Hicks | Verge | 21 February 2012

Outstanding analysis of Research In Motion: Its history, management,
  failure to capitalise on early BlackBerry success, and future
  potential. Are we watching the end of a once iconic brand? Or the start
  of a turnaround? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/research-no-motion

[15]The Price Of Dissent In Saudi Arabia
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/wda3Y2

Toby Jones | Nation | 15 February 2012

Pity poor Hamza Kashgari. He made some injudicious comments on Twitter
  and now he's a pawn about to be sacrificed by the Saudi ruling family.
  This has little to do with the sanctity of Islam; everything to do with
  power politics [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/price-dissent-saudi-arabia

[17]Never Surrender: The Lonely War Of Hiroo Onoda
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/yPqPcz

Giles Milton | Surviving History | 21 February 2012

In 1944, elite Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda was sent to the Filipino
  island of Lubang on a mission to carry out sabotage attacks. He was
  ordered never to surrender. And he didn't. Not until 29 years after the
  war ended [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/never-surrender-lonely-war-hiroo-onoda

[19]The Scale Of The Universe
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/zEDGyx

Cary Huang | HTwins | 9 February 2012

Excellent interactive feature sets size of our universe and us in
  perspective. Zoom out from the minute neutrino, right up to the massive
  Virgo Supercluster. Click on any objects you don't recognise to learn
  more about them [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scale-universe

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Edith Grossman on Translation
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edith-grossman-on-translation

The award-winning literary translator discusses books on and of
  translation that inspired her, and considers the trade-off between
  fidelity and meaning that every translator faces [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edith-grossman-on-translation

Featured Topic

[23]Wine
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

From filthy plonk to first growth Bordeaux, there's something for every
  palate in our cultural and historical survey of wine [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k How to Halt the Butchery in Syria: ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER | NYT
  Oped [25]t.co/bDhK4qE8 #syria #browsings [26]#browsings [27]More like
  this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/bDhK4qE8
      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/fatherland-by-robert-harris

[29]Fatherland by Robert Harris
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/fatherland-by-robert-harris

[30]Sam Bourne says: “As an example of a very well realised
  high-concept thriller, you don’t get much better than Fatherland”
  [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sam-bourne-on-classic-thrillers
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/hillbrow-between-heaven-and-hell

A personal journey to the heart of one of South Africa's most dangerous
  neighbourhoods
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Robert Reich, on Super PACs
    Links:
      34. http://robertreich.org/post/18021562021

"Never before in the history of our Republic have so few spent so
    much to influence the votes of so many"

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

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