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.
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Best of the Week

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

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

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
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/true-lessons-recession

[7]South Africa: The New Threat to Freedom
      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
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/south-africa-new-threat-freedom

[9]Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…Or Smart
      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
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-google-isn’t-making-us-stupid…or-smart

[11]On Tiger Moms
      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
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tiger-moms

[13]Ego Depletion
      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
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ego-depletion

[15]Leaving Wall Street
      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
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/leaving-wall-street

[17]Against Chairs
      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
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/against-chairs

[19]Machine Politics
      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. http://thebrowser.com/articles/machine-politics

FiveBooks Interview

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

Featured Topic

[23]France Votes
      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
      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
      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
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/year-amongst-persians-by-edward-g-browne

[31]A Year Amongst the Persians by Edward G Browne
      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
      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
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos/venice-day

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

Quote of the Week

[36]Avishai Margalit, on compromise
      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
      37. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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