Weekly newsletter 66


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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

Weekly Newsletter

Best of the Week

[6]Bo Xilai: Power, Death And Politics
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MydUlt

Jamil Anderlini | FT | 20 July 2012

Gripping, fullest account yet of rise and fall of one of China's most
  powerful politicians. On this telling, the corruption, criminality and
  murder could all have remained hidden were it not for a moment of
  arrogance [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bo-xilai-power-death-and-politics

[8]A High Holy Whodunit
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/LNhjPZ

Ronen Bergman | NYT | 25 July 2012

On the mystery of the Aleppo Codex, the oldest, most complete, most
  accurate text of the Hebrew Bible. Some of it is in Jerusalem. The
  story of how it got there and how some of its pages went missing is to
  touch the rawest of nerves [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/high-holy-whodunit

[10]Microsoft’s Lost Decade
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/QjvRUN

Kurt Eichenwald | Vanity Fair | 25 July 2012

Compelling, if harsh, takedown of the technology giant – "a high-tech
  equivalent of a Detroit car-maker" – and its CEO Steve Ballmer. The
  iPhone alone now generates more revenue than all of Microsoft. What
  went wrong? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/microsoft’s-lost-decade

[12]The Checkpoint
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/NP9jxx

Oded Na'aman | Boston Review | 23 July 2012

Inside the mind of an Israeli soldier. A fantastically interesting (if
  dispiriting) account of the psychology of occupation. Israeli army has
  power without authority so it must make Palestinians think it is
  everywhere, and fear it [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/checkpoint

[14]The Parable Of The Ox
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NTXSVp

John Kay | John Kay/FT | 25 July 2012

There has been a spate of good allegories recently about the world of
  finance, and here is another. The story starts at a country fair. You,
  and everyone else present, are invited to guess the weight of an ox
  [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/parable-ox

[16]Undead: The Rabies Virus Remains A Medical Mystery
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/MlOYwN

Monica Murphy & Bill Wasik | Wired | 23 July 2012

Nobody survives rabies: It is fatal in all cases. That's what experts
  told us for millennia. But then a controversial new treatment allowed
  five to survive. Is there a miracle cure? Or were we wrong to assume
  rabies always kills? [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/undead-rabies-virus-remains-medical-mystery

[18]We Are Alive
    Links:
      18. http://b.rw/MiqQLG

David Remnick | New Yorker | 23 July 2012

Huge feature on Bruce Springsteen, still pumping it out at age 62. "His
  style in performance is joyously demonic, as close as a white man of
  Social Security age can get to James Brown circa 1962 without risking a
  shattered pelvis" [19]Comments
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/we-are-alive

[20]I Will Put Up With Even This Circus For That Bob Beamon Moment
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/N7An6R

Kenan Malik | Pandaemonium | 26 July 2012

Malik is sceptical about the Olympics as an instrument of social good
  or tool of economic development. And he dislikes the "militarisation"
  and censorship. But still. It's all about those moments of supreme
  athletic achievement [21]Comments
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-will-put-even-circus-bob-beamon-moment

FiveBooks Interview

[22]David Runciman on London Olympic History
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-runciman-on-london-olympic-history

As the Olympics open, David Runciman looks back at the two previous
  times that the Games have been staged in London and finds that the
  thrift of today looks modest compared with austerities of the past
  [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-runciman-on-london-olympic-history

Featured Topic

[24]After Aurora
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/after-aurora

How does one make sense of such killings? And can we, will we, do
  anything to stop it happening again? [25]Read on
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/after-aurora

Reader Recommendations

@[26]polit2k The Real Reason That Big Banks Have So Many Scandals -
  James Kwak - The Atlantic [27]t.co/bGexg29Q #[28]browsings #[29]gfc2
  [30]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      27. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/the-real-reason-that-big-banks-have-so-many-scandals/260405
      28. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      29. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      30. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[31]Book of the Day
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/nose-tail-eating-kind-british-cooking-by-fergus-henderson

[32]Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking by Fergus Henderson
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/nose-tail-eating-kind-british-cooking-by-fergus-henderson

[33]Giles Coren says: “When he talks about chopping parsley he says,
  “Chop it not too fine, but just enough to discipline it”. It’s a
  brilliant concept” [34]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/giles-coren-on-food-writing
      34. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[35]The Imam and the Colonel
    Links:
      35. http://thebrowser.com/videos/imam-and-colonel

The imam who disappeared. Documentary unravelling a mystery from 1978
  [36]More videos
    Links:
      36. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[37]Stanley Kubrick, on life
    Links:
      37. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/26/stanley-kubrick-playboy-interview

"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is
    hostile, but that it is indifferent"

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

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