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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
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Best of the Week

[5]Marx At 193
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/HjOff8

John Lanchester | London Review Of Books | 28 March 2012

Fine essay examines our modern capitalist society through the lens of
  Marx. "If you look at a large picture of the world, much of what he
  predicted has come true." But there are some key areas where his
  thinking went awry [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/marx-193

[7]Unforgiven, Unforgotten, Unresolved: Bosnia 20 Years On
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/GYR2J1

Alec Russell | FT | 23 March 2012

A harrowing return. "To a casual visitor, Visegrad looks like any other
  sleepy town in the southern Balkans. But the past here is unforgiven,
  unforgotten, unresolved. The town is as it was at the end of the war"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unforgiven-unforgotten-unresolved-bosnia-20-years

[9]The Originality Of The Species
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HcRpAK

Ian McEwan | Guardian | 23 March 2012

Wonderful consideration of "the expression, common to both the arts and
  science, of the somewhat grand, somewhat ignoble, all too human pursuit
  of originality in the face of total dependence on the achievements of
  others" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/originality-species

[11]Mail Supremacy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/H9MQal

Lauren Collins | New Yorker | 26 March 2012

Compelling profile of the Daily Mail, Britain's most powerful
  newspaper. Closest US equivalent, Fox News. Run, with a furious energy,
  by Paul Dacre, whose editorial meetings are known as the Vagina
  Monologues. For reasons made clear [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mail-supremacy

[13]Native Tongues
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/GFPuGy

Simon Winchester | Lapham's Quarterly | 22 March 2012

Fascinating story of the Dictionary of American Regional English. In
  1965 volunteers were sent out to thousands of towns, villages and
  hamlets across the US to record local dialects. Almost 50 years later
  the book is complete [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/native-tongues

[15]How One Response To A Reddit Query Became A Big Budget Flick
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/GH0GBr

Jason Fagone | Wired | 20 March 2012

"Erwin started typing. He posted his answer in a series of comments.
  Within an hour, he was an online celebrity. Within three hours, a film
  producer had reached out to him. Within two weeks, he was offered a
  deal to write a movie" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-one-response-reddit-query-became-big-budget-flick

[17]How I Survived A Plane Crash
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/GNHmEW

Juliane Koepcke | BBC | 24 March 2012

Juliane Koepcke was flying over Peru when lightning struck her plane.
  It broke apart in mid-air and she was catapulted into the outside,
  plummeting two miles down, still strapped into her seat. She awoke in
  the rainforest below [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-i-survived-plane-crash

[19]The Song Machine
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/GUse7n

John Seabrook | New Yorker | 22 March 2012

How a pop song gets written. Production team comes up with chord
  changes, instrumentation, beat. "Top line" composer brought in to add a
  vocal track with melody, catchy hooks. Then a demo goes out to the
  intended artist [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/song-machine

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Barry Ritholtz on Causes of the Financial Crisis
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

The Wall Street money manager diagnoses the ills of America’s political
  and economic system in a fizzing, irreverent analysis (with promised
  f-bombs thrown in) [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

Featured Topic

[23]Air Travel
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many,
  flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen.
  And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11
  [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Reader Recommendations

@BBC_Future The story behind the Batman who was pulled over on Route 29
  is the feelgood story of the day. [25]t.co/9f47kRom [26]#browsings
  [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/9f47kRom
      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/civilization-and-its-discontents-by-sigmund-freud

[29]Civilisation and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/civilization-and-its-discontents-by-sigmund-freud

[30]John Gray says: "Civilisation, as Freud understands it, begins with
  the restraint of violence… which means that the civilisational
  condition is one of discontent" [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Airline: The Story of Pan Am
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/airline-story-pan-am

There will never be another
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Gabriel Olsen, on praise
    Links:
      34. http://twitter.com/specgram/status/185369726036353024

"She's like an intransitive verb, she can't take complements"

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

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