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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

[6]Guns 'R Us
      6. http://b.rw/SgH0JF

Jeanne Marie Laskas | GQ | 21 August 2012

Buying guns in America. In Yuma, Arizona, there are family nights at
  the shooting range, ladies' nights, birthday parties. It's the liberals
  who are stupid and scary. And assault rifles make great gifts for
  six-year-olds [7]Comments
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/guns-r-us

[8]Interview: Richard Dawkins
      8. http://b.rw/SqaCEu

Anonymous | Playboy | 20 August 2012

And this month's centrefold is... Britain's atheist-in-chief. If only.
  "I think a particular god like Zeus or Jehovah is as unlikely as the
  tooth fairy, but the idea of some kind of creative intelligence is not
  quite so ridiculous" [9]Comments
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/interview-richard-dawkins-0

[10]Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You To Imagine...
      10. http://b.rw/RBZCXa

Eve Ensler | Huffington Post | 20 August 2012

And still he won't stand down. In the meantime, here's a powerful piece
  of writing in which the author of The Vagina Monologues takes aim at
  the Missouri congressman for his recent comments about rape (h/t Daniel
  Lippman) [11]Comments
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dear-mr-akin-i-want-you-imagine

[12]Life With Syria’s Rebels In A Cold And Cunning War
      12. http://b.rw/RBKLvF

CJ Chivers | NYT | 21 August 2012

Reporter embeds with the "Lions of Tawhid", rebel group fighting near
  Aleppo. Mix of civilians who took up arms and army defectors who joined
  them. One of many such bands that are gradually getting organised and
  battle-hardened [13]Comments
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-syria’s-rebels-cold-and-cunning-war

[14]Schmooze Or Lose
      14. http://b.rw/SHqIa0

Jane Mayer | New Yorker | 20 August 2012

Bill Clinton was a past master at cosying up to billionaire donors. But
  President Obama doesn't like it. Good for him. He believes he has more
  important things to do and wants to reform campaign finance. But what
  will it cost him? [15]Comments
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/schmooze-or-lose

[16]Why Is The Night Sky Turning Red?
      16. http://b.rw/Od4H50

Amy Shira Teitel | Crux | 23 August 2012

Already know why the sky's blue during the day? Well done. But did you
  know it's starting to turn red at night now. Here's why it's happening,
  why it's important and what we can expect from the night sky in the
  future [17]Comments
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-night-sky-turning-red

[18]Follow The Money
      18. http://b.rw/PzmjZ6

David Conn | London Review Of Books | 22 August 2012

How English football became a business. Superb overview from 1980s to
  present day. Key moment was creation of the Premier League in 1992, a
  money grab by the big clubs that cut funding from the rest of football
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/follow-money-0

[20]Life On Board A British Nuclear Submarine
      20. http://b.rw/RC1Aqh

Stephen Moss | Guardian | 21 August 2012

"Climbing the ladders between decks exhausts me; I am forever hitting
  my head on protruding bits of metal; and once in the control room,
  while leaning against the periscope, I stumble backwards and
  accidentally press a button" [21]Comments
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-board-british-nuclear-submarine

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Norman Davies on Europe’s Vanished States
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states

The rise of China means the study of its history is suddenly in vogue.
  But, says the historian, there’s as much to learn, if not more, from
  looking at states that have disappeared [23]Read on
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states

Featured Topic

[24]Free Will
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Does it exist? Or is it an illusion? Why not read on and decide for
  yourself. As if you had any choice... [25]Read on
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/free-will

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k QE — the ultimate subsidy for the rich | Fraser Nelson |
  Spectator Blogs [26]t.co/jiKEjFej #browsings #gfc2 @asentance :-)
  [27]#browsings [28]More like this
      26. http://t.co/jiKEjFej
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[29]Book of the Day
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/land-invented-languages-by-arika-okrent

[30]In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/land-invented-languages-by-arika-okrent

[31]Robert Lane Greene says: “People have been inventing languages for
  hundreds of years. The underlying story – which is a funny, sweet, and
  sad one – is that many people have felt that existing languages were
  bad for one reason or another.” [32]FiveBooks Archive
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-lane-greene-on-language-and-mind
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]How Big Is Infinity?
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/how-big-infinity

Animated talk. Maths PhD comes in useful around 2'56" [34]More videos
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Venkatesh Rao, on dichotomies
      35. http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2012/08/23/waste-creativity-and-godwins-corollary-for-technology

"All dichotomies are false, but some are more of a bitch to
    transcend than others"

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

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