Weekly newsletter 56


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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]The Maturation Of The Billionaire Boy-Man
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IxWPWa

Henry Blodget | New York | 6 May 2012

Big profile of Zuckerberg, in advance of Facebook IPO. Was he lucky?
  Did he have the right idea, at the right time? Yes, on both counts. But
  he's also a talented leader. A much more impressive man than many are
  prepared to admit [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/maturation-billionaire-boy-man

[7]The Climate Fixers
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/Ke9UWO

Michael Specter | New Yorker | 7 May 2012

"Many people see geoengineering as a false solution to an existential
  crisis—akin to encouraging a heart-attack patient to avoid exercise and
  continue to gobble fatty food while simply doubling his dose of
  Lipitor." Are they right? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-geoengineering-solve-global-warming

[9]What Will Become Of The Paper Book?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/KENa5e

Michael Agresta | Slate | 8 May 2012

Will paper books exist in the future? Yes, but they'll look different.
  This beautifully illustrated essay argues that as their role as vessels
  for delivering text is lost to digital, their other qualities will grow
  in importance [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-will-become-paper-book

[11]Greekonomics
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/JdaCGp

Paul Mason | BBC | 9 May 2012

What happens after an election result like that? And in circumstances
  like these? When to be in power is to commit political suicide. And
  even the traditional parties cannot cooperate. Mason sees two possible
  routes out [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greekonomics

[13]The Ruins Of Yuanmingyuan
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/KC8Rg3

Sheila Melvin | Caixin | 4 May 2012

When British and French forces looted and burned the Chinese emperors'
  Summer Palace in 1860, they committed one of history's greatest
  cultural crimes. They destroyed wantonly a paradise of treasures
  assembled over centuries [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ruins-yuanmingyuan

[15]How Economists Have Misunderstood Inequality
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Iy04AS

Brad Plumer | Washington Post | 3 May 2012

Interview with economist James Galbraith. "There are common global
  patterns in economic inequality across different countries that appear
  to be very strongly related to major events affecting the world economy
  as a whole" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-economists-have-misunderstood-inequality

[17]Rediscovering Literacy
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/ILDSB4

Venkatesh Rao | Ribbon Farm | 3 May 2012

Literacy used to denote "linguistic sophistication", and was a skill
  that could be refined with practice. Now it simply means "reading and
  writing", and is no more than a "set of mechanical tests". What will
  the future hold? [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rediscovering-literacy

[19]The Kid Who Wasn't There
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/KHNlgo

Wright Thompson | ESPN | 3 May 2012

"I arrive in Odessa, Texas, flying low over black pump jacks, chasing
  the sort of weird, true crime story that often gets reporters on
  planes: A 16-year-old named Jerry Joseph, a basketball player, has been
  found out as an imposter" [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/kid-who-wasnt-there

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Simon Johnson on Why Economic History Matters
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-johnson-on-why-economic-history-matters

History contains useful warnings and lessons. And, says the former IMF
  chief economist, today's economic policymakers would do well to heed
  them [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-johnson-on-why-economic-history-matters

Featured Topic

[23]London and the Olympics
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/london-and-olympics

The Games creep ever closer, though in London you'd hardly know it.
  Here's a sideways look at the event and its host city [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/london-and-olympics

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav The Myth About Marriage by Garry Wills | NYRblog | The New York
  Review of Books: [25]t.co/exKb16iw [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/exKb16iw
      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/game-by-ken-dryden

[29]The Game by Ken Dryden
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/game-by-ken-dryden

[30]Bruce Dowbiggin says: “The Game may be the best sports book ever
  written by a participant. Ken Dryden, the best goalie of his era,
  played for the Canadiens in the 1970s” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-dowbiggin-on-ice-hockey
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]The Case For Naturalism
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/case-naturalism

Physicist Sean Carroll explains how the progress of science has led to
  the view that nothing exists beyond the natural universe. Magnificent
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Charles de Gaulle, on France
    Links:
      34. http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/05/07/quotation_for_the_day

"How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of
    cheese?"

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

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