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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]Obama's Way
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/RGNnYu

Michael Lewis | Vanity Fair | 11 September 2012

Admiring portrait. Much discussed, now ungated. Perceptively done. Good
  quotes. "There are some things about being president that I still have
  difficulty doing. For example, faking emotion." Obama has found his
  Schlesinger [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obamas-way

[8]The Tragedy Of The European Union And How To Resolve It
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/THgJVz

George Soros | NYRB | 8 September 2012

ECB's bond-buying plan has ensured the euro will survive, says Soros.
  But many political decisions about the future of the EU will need to be
  taken in the next year or so. This is Soros's analysis of the choices
  that lie ahead [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tragedy-european-union-and-how-resolve-it

[10]My Life As A TaskRabbit
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/US6Xjd

Brad Stone | Businessweek | 13 September 2012

A "backbreaking, soul-draining journey into what Silicon Valley venture
  capitalists often call the distributed workforce". Essentially, you bid
  online to do the tedious or unpleasant tasks that other people don't
  want to do [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-life-taskrabbit

[12]Nobody's Century: The American Prospect In Post-Imperial Times
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/RMdXcR

Chas Freeman | Middle East Policy Council | 5 September 2012

Speech. "The only real menace to our freedoms is our own willingness to
  supplant the rule of law with ever more elements of a garrison state,
  [while] the so-called war on terror has become an endless run in a
  military squirrel cage" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nobodys-century-american-prospect-post-imperial-times

[14]Cosmo, The Hacker 'God' Who Fell To Earth
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/Od1kr1

Mat Honan | Wired | 11 September 2012

Sequel to last month's story in which tech writer Honan described how
  his life descended into turmoil when he was hacked. This time, he goes
  eyeball-to-eyeball with a 15-year-old master hacker who tells him how
  and why he does it [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cosmo-hacker-god-who-fell-earth

[16]Philosophy v Science: Which Can Answer The Big Questions Of Life?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/PVy9Kz

Julian Baggini & Lawrence Krauss | Observer | 9 September 2012

Philosopher contends that science is engaging in "mission creep" but
  doesn't have all the answers. Some things are better addressed through
  other disciplines, such as philosophy. A physicist responds
  [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/philosophy-v-science-which-can-answer-big-questions-life

[18]Boy's Own Broadmoor
    Links:
      18. http://b.rw/TSGS3K

Patrick McGrath | Intelligent Life | 11 September 2012

Novelist recalls growing up in high-security psychiatric hospital, run
  by his father, housing some of Britain's most violent criminals. "As a
  small boy you tend not to think about whether you're having an unusual
  childhood" [19]Comments
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/boys-own-broadmoor

[20]Paddled
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/RQvMrk

Christopher Beam | GQ | 11 September 2012

When he moved to Beijing for work, Chris Beam thought his proficiency
  in ping-pong would help him win the acceptance if not admiration of new
  Chinese acquaintances. In this charming piece, he explains how wrong
  that turned out to be [21]Comments
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/paddled

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Eric Olsen on How to Write
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/eric-olsen-on-how-write

From their egos and anxieties to the way they work, writers have more
  in common than we might think. The journalist and editor takes us
  inside the writing process and reveals who gives the best advice for
  aspiring authors [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/eric-olsen-on-how-write

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

@joespring Why did 10 people die on Everest this past spring? A must
  read by @GraysonSchaffer. [26]t.co/Bogwfu6c #longreads #longform
  [27]#browsings [28]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://t.co/Bogwfu6c
      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/perfume-by-patrick-suskind

[30]Perfume by Patrick Suskind
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/perfume-by-patrick-suskind

[31]Denise Hamilton says: “It’s a very lush, richly imagined book. It
  just bursts with sensuality and the smells of Paris in the 18th
  century” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/denise-hamilton-on-perfume
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]First Look: iPhone 5
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/first-look-iphone-5

LA. It's a city of pretty savvy shoppers, right?
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Arthur Schopenhauer, on reading
    Links:
      35. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/09/on-reading-and-books?

"It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the
    time to read them"

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

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