Weekly newsletter 59


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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

[6]Why Working-Class People Vote Conservative
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/L9vsSI

Jonathan Haidt | Guardian | 5 June 2012

Why would blue-collar workers vote for the political right when it
  appears to be against their own economic interests to do so?
  Commentators on the left tend to argue that they've been duped. But
  there is a better explanation [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-working-class-people-vote-conservative

[8]Remarks At The Festival Of Economics, Trento Italy
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/Mbabas

George Soros | Business Insider | 4 June 2012

Compelling read on failures of economic theory, and eurozone crisis.
  Soros believes the euro will survive because a break-up would hurt
  Germany as much as others. However, he says Berlin has only three
  months in which to act [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/remarks-festival-economics-trento-italy

[10]Obama Order Sped Up Wave Of Cyberattacks Against Iran
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/KiEIsH

David Sanger | NYT | 1 June 2012

Extraordinary piece. Suggests Obama authorised wave after wave of cyber
  strikes against Iranian nuclear sites. Under an operation codenamed
  Olympic Games that was developed in tandem with Israel. Stuxnet was
  part of it [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obama-order-sped-wave-cyberattacks-against-iran

[12]What Is Wrong With Multiculturalism?
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MeG19Z

Kenan Malik | Pandaemonium | 4 June 2012

"Thirty years ago multiculturalism was widely seen as the answer to
  many of Europe’s social problems. Today it is seen, by growing numbers
  of people, not as the solution to, but as the cause of, Europe’s myriad
  social ills" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-wrong-multiculturalism

[14]The Curious Case Of Internet Privacy
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/KcO4q5

Cory Doctorow | MIT Tech Review | 6 June 2012

"The users and the analytics people are in a shooting war, but only the
  analytics people are armed. There's a business opportunity for a
  company that wants to supply arms to the rebels instead of the empire"
  [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/curious-case-internet-privacy

[16]How Do You Live Knowing You Might Have The Alzheimer's Gene?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/LieiUV

Gina Kolata | NYT | 7 June 2012

Not long ago Alzheimer's was regarded as a degenerative brain disease
  with no known cause and no effective treatment. But one family who've
  been repeatedly struck by it have been helping the search for
  understanding and a cure [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-do-you-live-knowing-you-might-have-alzheimers-gene

[18]Failure And Rescue
    Links:
      18. http://b.rw/MbHq0S

Atul Gawande | New Yorker | 4 June 2012

The difference between triumph and defeat isn’t about willingness to
  take risks or attempts to prevent failure. In medicine, and much else,
  the difference is in how you react to failure. And whether you can
  master the art of rescue [19]Comments
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/failure-and-rescue

[20]How Silence Works
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/MelkLZ

Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston | Awl | 1 June 2012

Surpisingly open email conversation with four trappist monks. Turns out
  they don't take a vow of silence, can talk when necessary. "Cultivating
  silence in a group is hard and a discipline we have to commit to over
  and over again" [21]Comments
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-silence-works

FiveBooks Interview

[22]John Dickie on the Italian Mafia
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-dickie-on-italian-mafia

The three biggest Italian mafias remain a powerful presence, with
  tentacles reaching deep inside Italian business and politics. The
  author of Mafia Brotherhoods busts the myth that it’s all in the family
  [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-dickie-on-italian-mafia

Featured Topic

[24]Wine
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

From filthy plonk to first growth Bordeaux, there's something for every
  palate in our cultural and historical survey of wine [25]Read on
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k Monnet’s Ghost by Ian Buruma - Project Syndicate via @ProSyn
  #oped [26]t.co/m3VqxQCM #eurocrisis #gfc2 [27]#browsings [28]More like
  this
    Links:
      26. http://t.co/m3VqxQCM
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/natural-by-bernard-malamud-and-kevin-baker

[30]The Natural by Bernard Malamud and Kevin Baker
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/natural-by-bernard-malamud-and-kevin-baker

[31]Michael Carlson says: “A perfect, mythic take on baseball in which
  he plays with the myth of the Fisher King and the Holy Grail”
  [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-carlson-on-baseball-novels
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]Making A Flamenco Guitar
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/making-flamenco-guitar

Usually takes 299 hours. Done here in three minutes [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Steven Pinker, on category error
    Links:
      35. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/letters/2012/06/04/120604mama_mail2

"It is like reading an explanation of global warming and mounting an
    indignant defense of greenhouses"

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

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