Weekly newsletter 72


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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]I Often Have To Cut Into The Brain
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/TTSuAK

Henry Marsh | Granta | 3 September 2012

Surgeon describes operation on pineal gland. "The idea that I am
  cutting through thought itself, that memories, dreams and reflections
  should have the consistency of soft white jelly, is simply too strange
  to understand" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-often-have-cut-brain

[8]Wall Street's War On The Cities
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/PU274f

Michael Hudson | Counterpunch | 31 August 2012

"The pace of Wall Street’s war against the 99% is quickening in
  preparation for the kill. So it’s time to default. Otherwise, Wall
  Street will turn us into Greece. That is the financial plan, to be
  sure" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/wall-streets-war-cities

[10]Clash Of The Titans
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/T9JVWA

Peter Pomerantsev | Newsweek | 3 September 2012

A court case in London, the most expensive in UK legal history, pitting
  one Russian oligarch against another. Pomerantsev has the fascinating
  back-story on Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. And a certain
  Vladimir Putin [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/clash-titans

[12]Marathon Man
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/SbPhkU

Mark Singer | New Yorker | 30 July 2012

Is Kip Litton a marathon fraud? Looks like it. But how does he do it,
  when races are so closely monitored and nearby roads closed off? (Story
  unlocked by New Yorker in light of Paul Ryan's recent remarks on
  marathons – h/t @nuzav) [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/marathon-man

[14]Beyond A Joke: The Truth About Why We Laugh
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OPMASJ

Robert Provine | Guardian | 2 September 2012

Great piece on the psychology of laughter. It isn't normally a response
  to jokes; it's a social signal, not an expression of emotion. "The
  relationship between laughter and speech is akin to punctuation in
  written communication" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beyond-joke-truth-about-why-we-laugh

[16]Obituary: Sun Myung Moon
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/TTQcBM

Anonymous | Telegraph | 3 September 2012

Founder of the Moonies. "Jesus informed Moon that He had been unable to
  complete His mission on earth due to unforeseen circumstances, so Moon
  had been chosen to succeed Him and to establish the Kingdom of Heaven
  upon Earth" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-sun-myung-moon

[18]The Gangster Princess Of Beverly Hills
    Links:
      18. http://b.rw/O8gjYS

Sabrina Rubin Erdely | Rolling Stone | 31 August 2012

She claimed to be a model, a pop star, even heiress to the Samsung
  fortune. She lived in LA and called herself the Korean Paris Hilton.
  But then the DEA caught her out. This is the bizarre story of drug
  trafficker Lisette Lee [19]Comments
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gangster-princess-beverly-hills

[20]Will I Live Longer Than My Cat?
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/OWNQSw

David Spiegelhalter | BBC | 4 September 2012

Statistician considers the probability of long life in charming short
  article. "It's odd to think we have been essentially ageing only nine
  months for each year that passes." But that is the effect of rising
  life expectancy [21]Comments
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-i-live-longer-my-cat

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Carl Zimmer on The Strangeness of Life
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

The science writer and award-winning blogger discusses the strangeness
  of life, from viruses to manipulative flatworms [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

Featured Topic

[24]The Fall of Lance Armstrong
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/fall-lance-armstrong

Once a hero, but now the game is up. Here's how the aggressively
  preserved reputation of Lance Armstrong finally crumbled [25]Read on
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/fall-lance-armstrong

Reader Recommendations

@dsnelles I wrote about the bizarre historical practice of putting
  animals on trial for @maisonneuvemag: [26]t.co/f2CbBCD5 [27]#browsings
  [28]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://t.co/f2CbBCD5
      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/essence-chocolate-by-john-scharffenberger-and-robert-steinberg

[30]The Essence of Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/essence-chocolate-by-john-scharffenberger-and-robert-steinberg

[31]David Lebovitz says: “The book is great because it has recipes, but
  it also talks about what chocolate is and how various cultures use it”
  [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-lebovitz-on-desserts
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]Legitimate Rape
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/legitimate-rape

"It's like regular birth control. Except it's imagined by crazy people"
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Geoff Dyer, on Conrad
    Links:
      35. http://www.guernicamag.com/features/ship-write

"Heart of Darkness is not just a book but a modern myth—everyone has
    read it, even if they have not done so personally"

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

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