Weekly newsletter 8


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Best of the Week

[1]Sex Trafficking Of Americans: The Girls Next Door
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/mNTG4b

Amy Fine Collins | Vanity Fair | 24 May 2011

Horrifying report. "A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but
  a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day." And hundreds of thousands of
  American girls are. The average starting age for prostitution? Just 13
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sex-trafficking-americans-girls-next-door

[3]Cowboys And Pit Crews
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/jrqohI

Atul Gawande | New Yorker | 26 May 2011

Inspiring commencement address delivered to Harvard medical students. Best
  healthcare results in the US aren't obtained where care is most expensive
  – but often where it's among least expensive. Here's why [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cowboys-and-pit-crews

[5]Yes, This Is Called The Dismal Science. Why Do You Ask?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/kcyWej

Bradley Delong | Grasping Reality | 21 May 2011

It's not a good time to be an economist. Delong starts with admission of
  error: "How could I ever have been so stupid; how could I have missed so
  much?" Continues with sharp, if grim, analysis of current macroeconomic
  issues [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/yes-called-dismal-science-why-do-you-ask

[7]How To Spot A Psychopath
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jfYT4D

Jon Ronson | Guardian | 21 May 2011

Beautifully worked investigation of psychopathy, told in author's
  characteristically appealing, faux-naive style. Centres around encounter
  with patient who faked mental illness to avoid prison and got trapped in a
  catch-22 [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-spot-psychopath

[9]Madoff's Curveball
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jVxvqZ

Jeffrey Toobin | New Yorker | 23 May 2011

Gripping read on New York Mets owner, Fred Wilpon. Built a huge real estate
  business. Then a baseball franchise which soared in value. Invested with
  Madoff. Now he's lost $550m and the bankruptcy trustee wants more. Much more
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/madoffs-curveball

[11]Storm Over Syria
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/j4DR9T

Malise Ruthven | NYRB | 20 May 2011

"How did Syria come to this pass? The regime’s ruthless attachment to power
  lies in a complex web of tribal loyalties and networks of patronage
  underpinned by a uniquely powerful religious bond." Excellent historical
  backgrounder [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/storm-over-syria

[13]Nightmare On F Street
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/lDpXn2

Mark Pulham | Crime Magazine | 23 May 2011

After a third body was discovered in the back garden, the police realised
  they might have made a mistake in letting the white-haired landlady go off
  for a coffee. Despite appearances, Dorothea Puente was a nine-time serial
  killer [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nightmare-f-street

[15]El Mirador, The Lost City Of The Maya
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/mNHMGV

Chip Brown | Smithsonian | 24 May 2011

Account of trip to ruins of once great Mayan city, abandoned for 2,000
  years. Author's daredevil guide steals show. On comparisons to Indiana
  Jones: "My life isn’t as boring. He always jumps out of the airplane before
  it crashes" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/el-mirador-lost-city-maya

Featured Topic

[17]Espionage
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/topics/espionage

The irresistible subject - spies. Who are they? What do they really do? Are
  today's spies that different from the heroes of the Cold War? Read on to
  find out

Reader Recommendations

@[18]sophiemaynard musings on Lawrence of
  Arabia: [19]b.rw/iDQCpK #[20]browsings
    Links:
      18. http://twitter.com/sophiemaynard
      19. http://b.rw/iDQCpK
      20. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Week

[21]The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh by Michael Davie (editor)
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/diaries-evelyn-waugh-by-michael-davie-editor

[22]Timothy Garton Ash says: "A lot of it is about the absolutely amazing
  quantities that he drank. It’s also full of hugely politically incorrect and
  almost self-parodic episodes"
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-garton-ash-on-history-present

Video of the Week

[23]People Of Walmart
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/videos/people-walmart

I'll take a dozen!

Quote of the Week

[24]John Hodgman, on parenting
    Links:
      24. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200701/apologia-my-second-child?page=2

"The  only  child, in a family without want, is the apex of Western
    civilization"

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