Weekly newsletter 6


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Best of the Week

Here Be Monsters

Michael Finkel | GQ | 9 May 2011

Epic tale of three boys found in a dinghy in the middle of the Pacific.
  "They had no food, no water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests,
  and no first-aid kit. They were close to death. They had been missing for 51
  days" [1]Comments
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/articles/here-be-monsters

Unspoken Truths

Christopher Hitchens | Vanity Fair | 9 May 2011

Advancing cancer attacks his vocal cords. "My voice suddenly rose to a
  piping squeak. It began to register all over the place, from a gruff and
  husky whisper to a papery, plaintive bleat. Now it threatens daily to
  disappear" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unspoken-truths

People vs Goldman Sachs

Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 11 May 2011

"A well-connected firm with the ear of the president and the Treasury
  appears to have conquered the entire regulatory structure and stands on the
  precipice of getting away with one of the biggest financial crimes in
  history" [3]Comments
    Links:
      3. http://thebrowser.com/articles/people-vs-goldman-sachs

The Lazarus File

Matthew McGough | Atlantic | 9 May 2011

In 1986, a nurse was murdered in LA. There were no suspects. More than 20
  years later, advances in forensic science persuaded police to re-examine the
  case. When they did, they found themselves facing a most unlikely murder
  suspect [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lazarus-file

Bin Laden's Poisonous Ideology Began To Wither On 9/11

Peter Bergen | New America Foundation | 9 May 2011

Superb political post-mortem on Bin Laden. Read the whole thing, but in
  brief: 9/11 ultimately counterproductive for Al-Qaeda. Its strategy proved
  faulty, ideology unpopular. In the Arab uprisings, AQ and jihadism are
  nowhere [5]Comments
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bin-ladens-poisonous-ideology-began-wither-911

We Are Inattentive Superheroes

Bradley Voytek | Oscillatory Thoughts | 9 May 2011

A young, healthy person can see a candle flame from 30 miles. The human ear
  can hear down to the threshold of Brownian motion, which is atoms moving.
  Our senses would amaze us, if only we gave them our full attention, as
  animals do [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/we-are-inattentive-superheroes

The Best Street Photographer You've Never Heard Of

Alex Kotlowitz | Mother Jones | 13 May 2011

Four years ago, a Chicago real estate agent chanced upon a box of negatives.
  Its original owner was a recently deceased woman, who'd been a nanny.
  Apparently unbeknown to anyone, she was also a highly accomplished
  photographer [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/best-street-photographer-youve-never-heard

Home In Capital Letters

Joe Posnanski | Joe Blogs | 10 May 2011

Glorious piece, laugh out loud in parts, in which sportswriter reflects on
  meaning of home. And prepares to leave Kansas City, the place that has come
  to mean so much to him. Despite its misfiring golf tournaments and sports
  teams [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/home-capital-letters

FiveBooks Interview

[9]Richard Tofel on the Changing Business of Journalism
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-tofel-on-changing-business-journalism

General manager of the non-profit newsroom ProPublica and former assistant
  publisher of the Wall Street Journal tells us his predictions for the future
  of news

Featured Topic

[10]Cooking
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/cooking

If  cooking is your thing, or you want it to be, this is for you. From
  interviews with top chefs to articles that range from the perfect appliance,
  to food for athletes, to what's in your cappuccino, it's all here. Enjoy

Reader Recommendations

@[11]polit2k Chained  but  untamed  | The Economist - [12]goo.gl/XCrzJ
  #[13]browsings
    Links:
      11. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      12. http://goo.gl/XCrzJ
      13. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Week

[14]In Search of Fatima by Ghada Karmi
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/search-fatima-by-ghada-karmi

[15]Susan  Abulhawa  says: This is another memoir, a memoir of violent
  uprooting and dislocation, presented in an intimate and very personal way
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/search-fatima-by-ghada-karmi#book-recommender-0

Video of the Week

[16]Art Of Flight
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/videos/art-flight

Even more extreme snowboarding, from the producers of "That's It, That's
  All"

Quote of the Week

[17]Edwin Heathcote, on Dubai
    Links:
      17. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/dd9bba18-769c-11e0-bd5d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1LpkdgTGh

"It has spent its history announcing its arrival but hasn’t a clue what to
    do when it gets there"

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