Weekly newsletter 74

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A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.

Weekly Newsletter

Best of the Week

In Plain View: How Child Molesters Get Away With It

Malcolm Gladwell | New Yorker | 17 September 2012

"The child molester’s key strategy is one of escalation, desensitizing the target with an ever-expanding touch. In interviews and autobiographies, pedophiles describe their escalation techniques like fly fishermen comparing lures" Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/plain-view-how-child-molesters-get-away-it)

Thurston Howell Romney

David Brooks | NYT | 17 September 2012

You don't need to be a liberal or a Democrat to be a critic of Mitt Romney. Here's what the Republican candidate got wrong in his recently revealed comments at a fund-raiser, and what it says about him Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/thurston-howell-romney)

China, Japan And The World's Agadir Crisis (1911)

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Telegraph | 19 September 2012

Dispute between China and Japan over barren islands in East China Sea looks absurd. But it isn't. "This is a calibrated crisis to test the strength of the US alliance with Japan." Obama faces a critical decision Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/china-japan-and-worlds-agadir-crisis-1911)

The Twin Child Of The Big Bang

Frank Close | Prospect | 19 September 2012

"Matter is not the Big Bang’s only child. It was born with a long-lost twin: Antimatter." Here's what we know about it, and the mystery of how matter, rather than antimatter, came to dominate our universe Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/twin-child-big-bang)

Where Is Cuba Going?

John Jeremiah Sullivan | NYT | 20 September 2012

Lovely, meandering account of a visit to Cuba. Sullivan's wife is from a Cuban family, which means they're allowed to fly to Havana direct from Miami. The US relationship with Cuba remains deeply dysfunctional though Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/where-cuba-going)

The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World

Chris Anderson | Wired | 19 September 2012

MakerBot plans to kickstart an industrial revolution. In traditional manufacturing mass production comes cheap, but flexibility, variety and complexity remain unaffordable. In 3D printing the reverse is true. Here's what's coming Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-makerbot-replicator-might-just-change-your-world)

The Inside Story Of A Controversial New Text About Jesus

Ariel Sabar | Smithsonian | 18 September 2012

Harvard divinity professor unveils scrap of ancient papyrus containing the words: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'". Scholars believe it's authentic (though one test is still to be done). But what does it mean? Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-story-controversial-new-text-about-jesus)

Why I Write

Simon Schama | FT | 13 September 2012

"Orwell's four motives for writing still seem to me the most honest account of why long-form non-fiction writers do what they do, with 'sheer egoism' at the top." For Schama, it's also a "resistance to the attrition of memory" Comments (http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-i-write)

FiveBooks Interview


Stephen Breyer on Intellectual Influences

The US Supreme Court Justice discusses five books that have influenced his thinking, and explains why reading widely, including literature, is essential for judges and lawyers
Read on (http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-breyer-on-intellectual-influences)


Paying for the US Election

How much is Romney vs Obama 2012 going to cost? Who's paying? And what do they expect in return? Read on (http://thebrowser.com/reports/paying-election)

Reader Recommendations

@prospect_uk Obama is "the most thoughtful, disciplined, committed president that America has produced for years" t.co/hAgHCoZm (http://t.co/hAgHCoZm) #browsings (https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings) More like this (http://thebrowser.com/browsings)

Book of the Week

Book of the Day (http://thebrowser.com/recommended/where-are-customers’-yachts-by-fred-schwed)

Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?  by Fred Schwed

Jason Zweig says (http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jason-zweig-on-personal-finance) : “Even now, some 70 years later, this is still the funniest book ever written about Wall Street” FiveBooks Archive (http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks)

Video of the Week

Walk and Talk the Vote – West Wing Reunion


Forget Obama vs Romney. This is the political ad of the year
More videos (http://thebrowser.com/videos)

Quote of the Week

Andrew Brown, on inner voices (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2012/sep/14/richard-dawkins-dalai-lama-religion)

"Spirituality is the voice I hear that tells me what to do. Religion is when someone else's voices tell me what to do"

More quotes (http://thebrowser.com/quotations)

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