FiveBooks Newsletter 110


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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

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After last week's dip into Olympic history, we rounded off the month
  with interviews with the biographer of Evelyn Waugh, Selina Hastings,
  who told us about the "Bright Young Things" of the 1920s, and the
  novelist Will Self, who revealed some of the books that hold meaning
  for him. Throughout August, we'll be revisiting some of our favourite
  interviews from the past two years. Here, to kick things off, are the
  thoroughly engaging statistician, David Spiegelhalter, and the
  evolutionary biologist, Jerry Coyne.

FiveBooks News

[5]Selina Hastings on Evelyn Waugh and the Bright Young Things
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/selina-hastings-on-evelyn-waugh-and-bright-young-things

Monday July 30

The biographer explores the decadence of the young and rich in 1920s
  London, and tells us about Evelyn Waugh’s rebellious youth, bullying
  disposition and later breakdown – as well as just how much (and early)
  he drank [6]Continue reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/selina-hastings-on-evelyn-waugh-and-bright-young-things

[7]Will Self on Influences
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-self-on-influences

Tuesday July 31

Conventional prose fiction falls short of the mark, says the English
  author, who tells us about his modernist novel Umbrella, what the real
  character of London is, and why he can’t stand the Olympics [8]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-self-on-influences

[9]David Spiegelhalter on Statistics and Risk
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-spiegelhalter-on-statistics-and-risk

Sunday September 25

Every statistic is the result of someone’s work, and we’d do well to
  ask ourselves why it was created. That way, says the statistician, we
  have a better chance of working out when dangers are being overstated
  and data misused [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-spiegelhalter-on-statistics-and-risk

[11]Jerry Coyne on Evolution
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jerry-coyne-on-evolution

Friday August 3

The evolutionary biologist tells us why Darwin is still essential
  reading and sifts the vast amount of more recent writing on evolution
  for books that are both inspiring to scientists and accessible to
  general readers [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jerry-coyne-on-evolution

[13]Plasenzuela's Dirty Secrets
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/MAMb39

Guillermo Abril | El País | 30 July 2012

Inside Spain's most corrupt village. "European, state, and regional
  funding has all disappeared without trace. Projects that never existed;
  workers that never worked; taxes imposed on salaries that were never
  passed on to the state" [14]More like this
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[15]Population and Resources
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Will humans run out of natural resources? Is population growth a danger
  to society? Or will human innovation conquer? You decide [16]Read on
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[17]The 1948 Olympics by Bob Phillips
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/1948-olympics-by-bob-phillips

[18]David Runciman says: “It’s worth reading just for the details about
  how austere the 1948 Games were. In all sorts of different ways, what
  we call austerity now doesn’t compare” [19]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      18.
      19. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[20]BJ Fogg: Psychology of Persuasion
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bj-fogg-psychology-persuasion

How to get what you want. “Put hot triggers in the path of motivated
  people.” [21]More videos
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[22]J.G. Ballard, on imagination
    Links:
      22. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2929/the-art-of-fiction-no-85-j-g-ballard

"Imagination is the shortest route between any two conceivable
    points"

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

Reader Recommendations

@[24]maisonneuvemag 17 percent of us believe we’re tone deaf, but only
  4 percent are. Why you're a better singer than you think:
  [25]t.co/ZsLtLdS2 [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      24. http://twitter.com/maisonneuvemag
      25. http://t.co/ZsLtLdS2
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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