Weekly newsletter 51


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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]America’s Dream Unravels
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/H5UjEC

Edward Luce | FT | 30 March 2012

Outstanding essay looks at America's economic and political malaise. A
  country where the Walton family is worth as much as bottom 150 million.
  "Brain power is America’s future. But it doesn’t always appear too
  cerebral in practice" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/america’s-dream-unravels

[7]The God Of Gamblers
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/H6WuMV

Evan Osnos | New Yorker | 2 April 2012

"By 2006 Macau's casino revenues had surpassed those of Las Vegas,
  until then the world's largest gambling town. Today, the quantity of
  money passing through Macau exceeds that of Las Vegas five times over."
  Here's how it happened [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/god-gamblers

[9]I Want To Be Alone: The Rise And Rise Of Solo Living
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/H6ARhc

Eric Klinenberg et al | Guardian | 30 March 2012

"During the past half-century, our species has embarked on a remarkable
  social experiment. For the first time, great numbers of people – at all
  ages, in all places, of every political persuasion – have begun living
  alone" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-want-be-alone-rise-and-rise-solo-living

[11]The War Against Youth
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HGDobL

Stephen Marche | Esquire | 28 March 2012

The old are eating the young. They may not have set out to do so, but
  economic and social policy has been rigged to serve their interests.
  It's unaffordable socialism for the old; virulently purified capitalism
  for the young [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-against-youth

[13]How Millions Have Been Dying In The Congo
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/Hv7JNZ

Neal Ascherson | NYRB | 31 March 2012

If you know terrible things have been happening in Central Africa for
  the past couple of decades, not to say the past couple of centuries,
  but you can't get the whole story straight in your head, this piece
  does it for you [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-millions-have-been-dying-congo

[15]Christianity In Crisis
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/HHRfU6

Andrew Sullivan | Newsweek | 1 April 2012

Sullivan laments state of Christianity in America. Where secular, for
  many, has come to mean atheist and "the ability to be faithful in a
  religious space and reasonable in a political one has atrophied before
  our eyes" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/christianity-crisis

[17]A Death In Yellowstone
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/Hcb8DK

Jessica Grose | Slate | 2 April 2012

John Wallace was sitting quietly on a log in Yellowstone national park
  when he was attacked by a bear. His body was later found half-eaten.
  This is the story of how blame was assigned, and a killer grizzly
  caught [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/death-yellowstone

[19]CS Lewis On Writing
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/Hg1L1B

CS Lewis | Letters Of Note | 3 April 2012

Text of letter CS Lewis sent to a fan in 1956. Contains memorable
  advice on writing, correct use of English. Remember: "Never use
  abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean 'More people
  died' don't say 'Mortality rose'" [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cs-lewis-writing

FiveBooks Interview

[21]AC Grayling on Being Good
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

What does a moral life entail? How does one achieve it? AC Grayling
  looks at the classics of philosophy for the answers, and says that it
  is the striving for goodness and self-improvement itself that is the
  key to living well [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

Featured Topic

[23]Mitt Romney
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Slowly, he's clawing his way to the Republican nomination. But what
  makes the man who would be president tick? [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Reader Recommendations

@rszbt Only time w/ tell whether this will bear fruit: MT @polit2k: The
  economics spring, Daniel Gay [25]t.co/qYUIfU36 @Ian_Fraser
  [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/qYUIfU36
      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/infinities-by-john-banville

[29]The Infinities by John Banville
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/infinities-by-john-banville

[30]Faramerz Dabhoiwala says: “His diaries give us a first-hand view of
  the sex life of an 18th century gentleman with a rather powerful sex
  drive. That in itself is fascinating” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/faramerz-dabhoiwala-on-18th-century-sexual-revolution
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Marco Tempest
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/marco-tempest

TED talk: Magic as augmented reality, and vice-versa
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Andrew Sullivan, on Barack Obama
    Links:
      34. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/andrewsullivan/rApM/~3/Loj01BotpRw/the-rig.html

"I correctly gauged the American public's willingness to elect a
    biracial president. I drastically over-rated their willingness to be
    governed by one"

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

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