Weekly newsletter 47


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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]I Was A Warehouse Wage Slave
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/zSgOBM

Mac McClelland | Mother Jones | 27 February 2012

Portrait of the American workplace in all its horror. Intrepid reporter
  goes to work in warehouse owned by, or servicing, unnamed online retail
  giant. Impossible targets; negligible pay; if you don't like it, you're
  fired [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-was-warehouse-wage-slave

[7]Are Smartphones Changing What It Means To Be Human?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/xCMzEv

Janelle Nanos | Boston Magazine | 28 February 2012

Wonderful. Writer forms intimate bond with smartphone, then catches
  herself treating it like a human and trying to hide facts from it.
  "Where are we headed? I wanted to know before things got any weirder
  between my phone and me" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/are-smartphones-changing-what-it-means-be-human

[9]Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xcgupT

William Nordhaus | NYRB | 27 February 2012

Yale economist rebuts sceptics' arguments, point by point. The earth is
  getting warmer. Due to carbon dioxide pollution. Humans are
  responsible. The science is legitimate. It's a bad situation. It's
  worth taking action [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/global-warming-skeptics-are-wrong

[11]Which Is The Best Language To Learn?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yqkYaz

Robert Lane Greene | Intelligent Life | 24 February 2012

Assuming you already speak English. Mandarin jumps out as an obvious
  choice, but complexity of its written form suggests it would be the
  wrong candidate. Spanish? Arabic? Both are contenders. But Greene
  plumps for French. Here's why [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/which-best-language-learn

[13]How Gogol Explains The Post-Soviet World
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zhXo0k

Thomas de Waal | Foreign Policy | 27 February 2012

"Here is a not entirely frivolous suggestion: How about skipping the
  political science textbooks when it comes to trying to understand the
  former Soviet Union and instead opening up the pages of Gogol, Chekhov,
  and Dostoyevsky?" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-gogol-explains-post-soviet-world

[15]The Big Reveal
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xkWFlv

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 27 February 2012

On the Bible's last book. "Revelation, far from being meant as a
  hallucinatory prophecy, is actually a coded account of events happening
  at the time of writing. It’s really a political cartoon about the
  crisis in the Jesus movement" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/big-reveal

[17]The Decline And Fall Of Parental Authority
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/wjC12K

Ron Taffel | AlterNet | 22 February 2012

"I’m seeing mothers and fathers challenge the entire social,
  educational, professional, and economic context of childrearing—a
  system, they increasingly believe, that’s made effective parenting
  almost unachievable" [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/decline-and-fall-parental-authority

[19]Night Moves
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/xJeH2E

Christine Baumgarthuber | New Inquiry | 23 February 2012

"Terrible and lonely are those hours during which I fret and worry and
  stare at the ceiling. I certainly don't look forward to them. But there
  was a time when late-night wakefulness wasn't something to be dreaded
  but welcomed" [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/night-moves

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Martin Bell on Reportage and War
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-bell-on-reportage-and-war

The former BBC war reporter picks out essential reading on the Bosnia
  and Vietnam wars and explains why a book of poetry speaks more to him
  about the reality of conflict than any other writing [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-bell-on-reportage-and-war

Featured Topic

[23]How To Die
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/how-die

How to face the end? Peacefully? Still fighting? With all of medicine's
  help? Or naturally? [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/how-die

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k RT @baselinescene: House Republicans: Making the United States
  More Like Greece, #whburningpreview [25]t.co/uKdpvMcV #gfc2
  [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/uKdpvMcV
      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/brothers-karamazov-by-fyodor-dostoevsky

[29]The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/brothers-karamazov-by-fyodor-dostoevsky

[30]Richard Harries says: “A great novel of belief and unbelief.
  Dostoyevsky himself was a passionate Orthodox Christian, but he felt
  the flames of unbelief as much as anybody” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-harries-on-christianity
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]The City of Samba
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/city-samba

Tell me you don't want to go to Rio after seeing this
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Roy Amara, on change
    Links:
      34. http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2012/02/29/just-add-water

"We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two
    years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10"

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

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