FiveBooks Newsletter 109


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Links to all our original FiveBooks interviews of the week before, plus
  a pick of the best content on The Browser.
  [1]FiveBooks weekly newsletter: Links to all our original FiveBooks
  interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The
  Browser.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

FiveBooks at The Browser

To mark the opening of the Olympics, we invited [5]David Runciman to
  tell us about the last two times that the Games were staged in London,
  in 1908 and 1948. Also on the site, [6]Ruth Harris talks about the
  Belle Epoque, [7]Paul Seabright explains how cooperation is an
  evolutionary imperative, as well as book recommendations on [8]sin and
  [9]women readers. Thanks for reading Five Books!
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-runciman-on-london-olympic-history
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-harris-on-dreyfus-and-belle-epoque
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-seabright-on-evolution-and-human-cooperation
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paula-fredriksen-on-sin
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/belinda-jack-on-history-women-readers

FiveBooks News

[10]David Runciman on London Olympic History
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-runciman-on-london-olympic-history

Thursday July 26

As the Olympics open, David Runciman looks back at the two previous
  times that the Games have been staged in London and finds that the
  thrift of today looks modest compared with austerities of the past
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-runciman-on-london-olympic-history

[12]Ruth Harris on Dreyfus and the Belle Epoque
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-harris-on-dreyfus-and-belle-epoque

Wednesday July 25

The Belle Epoque combined a preoccupation with the noblesse of the old
  regime with the seeds for modernism, says the Oxford professor of
  history – who also explains the impact of the controversial Dreyfus
  affair [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-harris-on-dreyfus-and-belle-epoque

[14]Belinda Jack on the History of Women Readers
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/belinda-jack-on-history-women-readers

Tuesday July 24

The freedom to pick up a book is something we take almost for granted
  today but women readers have faced all manner of obstacles throughout
  history, as the author of The Woman Reader explains [15]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/belinda-jack-on-history-women-readers

[16]Paul Seabright on Evolution and Human Cooperation
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-seabright-on-evolution-and-human-cooperation

Tuesday July 24

Think of Darwinian natural selection and you may think of selfish or
  competitive behaviour, but this is far from the whole story, says the
  author of The Company of Strangers [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-seabright-on-evolution-and-human-cooperation

[18]Paula Fredriksen on Sin
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paula-fredriksen-on-sin

Monday July 23

Tortured by the sins of your past? Or contemplating new ones? The
  historian of ancient Christianity recommends five books you won't
  repent reading, to understand what sin really is [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paula-fredriksen-on-sin

[20]A High Holy Whodunit
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/LNhjPZ

Ronen Bergman | NYT | 25 July 2012

On the mystery of the Aleppo Codex, the oldest, most complete, most
  accurate text of the Hebrew Bible. Some of it is in Jerusalem. The
  story of how it got there and how some of its pages went missing is to
  touch the rawest of nerves [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[22]After Aurora
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/after-aurora

How does one make sense of such killings? And can we, will we, do
  anything to stop it happening again? [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/after-aurora

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]The 1908 Olympics by Keith Baker
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/1908-olympics-by-keith-baker

[25]David Runciman says: "In 1908 it was the athletes that fell out
  over politics" [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-runciman-on-london-olympic-history
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]Boris Johnson's Olympic Welcome
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/boris-johnsons-olympic-welcome

Cassetteboy is a great artist. Not a Leonardo, but surely the equal of
  a Banksy [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Stanley Kubrick, on life
    Links:
      29. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/26/stanley-kubrick-playboy-interview

"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is
    hostile, but that it is indifferent"

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

Reader Recommendations

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  Need to Know to Travel the Alaska Highway http://t.co/iIRESH6J
  [34]#browsings [35]More like this
    Links:
      31. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      32. http://twitter.com/nytimesscience
      34. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      35. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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