Weekly newsletter 55


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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
    Links:
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Weekly Newsletter

Best of the Week

[5]The True Lessons Of The Recession
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IEoaUS

Raghuram Rajan | Booth School of Business/Foreign Affairs | 30 April
  2012

Excellent, authoritative and measured overview of today's economic
  ills. Much papering-over of cracks in past few decades. Status quo ante
  not a good place to return to. So here are some suggestions for ways
  forward (PDF) [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/true-lessons-recession

[7]South Africa: The New Threat to Freedom
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/Kn22ig

Nadine Gordimer | NYRB | 30 April 2012

"In the new South Africa that was reborn in the early 1990s, with its
  freedom hard-won from apartheid, we now have the imminent threat of
  updated versions of the suppression of freedom of expression that
  gagged us under apartheid" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/south-africa-new-threat-freedom

[9]Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…Or Smart
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/IIWkKx

Chad Wellmon | Hedgehog Review | 27 April 2012

"Asking whether Google makes us stupid, as some cultural critics
  recently have, is the wrong question. It assumes sharp distinctions
  between humans and technology that are no longer, if they ever were,
  tenable." Here's why [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-google-isn’t-making-us-stupid…or-smart

[11]On Tiger Moms
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/K3SnAC

Julie Park | The Point | 24 April 2012

Clever, nuanced essay reconsiders Amy Chua's parenting advice.
  "Precisely because I was raised in a Tiger Mom world, but rebelled
  against it, I understand where Chua is coming from, but I can also see
  what remains invisible to her" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tiger-moms

[13]Ego Depletion
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IvY6Sw

Anonymous | You Are Not So Smart | 17 April 2012

Fascinating essay on willpower. Tests suggest it's a finite resource,
  not a skill. "Every time you exert control over the giant system that
  is you, that control gets weaker." Why? It just might be as simple as a
  lack of glucose [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ego-depletion

[15]Leaving Wall Street
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IoOFmS

Alexis Goldstein | n+1 | 30 April 2012

Everyone who joins an investment bank plans to make a fortune, get out,
  and do something else. They rarely succeed. "The culture of Wall Street
  is pervasive and contagious. Before I occupied Wall Street, Wall Street
  occupied me" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/leaving-wall-street

[17]Against Chairs
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/Kq8Uf5

Colin McSwiggen | Jacobin | 23 April 2012

"Chairs suck. All of them. No designer has ever made a good chair,
  because it is impossible. Some are better than others, but all are
  bad." They damage our bodies. And rose to popularity for worst of
  reasons — status, power, control [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/against-chairs

[19]Machine Politics
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/IkIltQ

David Kushner | New Yorker | 30 April 2012

George Hotz started the hacker wars. The grungy teenager from New
  Jersey was the first person to unlock an iPhone. But it was when he
  defeated Sony's PS3 that things started getting really out of hand
  [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/machine-politics

FiveBooks Interview

[21]William St Clair on Reading the Romantics
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

Who read Byron in his time? How much did a copy of Wordsworth cost? The
  scholar guides us through the astonishing history of reading in the
  Romantic period of English literature [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

Featured Topic

[23]France Votes
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

Opinion polls suggest the Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, is
  well placed to eject Nicolas Sarkozy from the presidency. On Sunday,
  French voters will decide [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

Reader Recommendations

[25]AmandaGiracca “But what about the man on the other side of your
  gun?" asks @[26]SimoneGorrindo :[27]t.co/HJf4NK5l [28]#browsings
  [29]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=fb92db2dc322b2f98c45aaac9&id=069f322114&e=cff0ab4bac
      26. http://thebrowser.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fb92db2dc322b2f98c45aaac9&id=31915b925b&e=cff0ab4bac
      27. http://thebrowser.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=fb92db2dc322b2f98c45aaac9&id=8603ec1bf1&e=cff0ab4bac
      28. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      29. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[30]Book of the Day
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/year-amongst-persians-by-edward-g-browne

[31]A Year Amongst the Persians by Edward G Browne
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/year-amongst-persians-by-edward-g-browne

[32]Tim Mackintosh-Smith says: The bit that I love the most is when he
  gets in with these dervishes. He talks about being intoxicated by opium
  smoke and mysticism [33]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-mackintosh-smith-on-travelling-muslim-world
      33. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[34]Venice in a Day
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos/venice-day

Not quite the city of "Don't Look Now"
  [35]More videos
    Links:
      35. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[36]Avishai Margalit, on compromise
    Links:
      36. http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/magazine/102761/compromise-margalit-guttmann-thompson-yalta

“Ideals tell us what we would like to be, but compromises tell us
    who we are"

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

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