FiveBooks Newsletter 111


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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

This week we dipped into our archives to bring you an impassioned
  defence of free speech, arguments in favour of morality without God and
  an enchanting spin through magical tales from the past. There were also
  insights into the past century of Chinese history and an account by an
  eminent British physicist of how women can and should be encouraged to
  make their mark in science.

FiveBooks News

[5]Athene Donald on Women in Science
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/athene-donald-on-women-science

Friday August 10

The award-winning British physicist tells us how to fight preconceived
  ideas about gender and suggests reading that could inspire women to
  pursue careers in science
  [6]Continue reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/athene-donald-on-women-science

[7]Rana Mitter on 100 Years of Modern China
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

Tuesday December 13

A century after the fall of China’s last imperial dynasty, the legacy
  of revolution remains deeply ambiguous in today’s People’s Republic.
  The China scholar tells us about the country’s tumultuous changes from
  1911 to the present day [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

[9]Andrei Codrescu on Fantastical Tales
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

Wednesday August 8

The Romanian-born poet tells us about his love for fantastic and
  magical tales – particularly bloody ones with cannibalism, necrophilia
  and alienated heroes [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

[11]Kenan Malik on Morality Without God
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god

Friday September 23

Religion is often presented as the guardian of moral values. The
  problem with this, says the author and broadcaster, is that it
  diminishes what it means to be human. He draws on Plato and a medieval
  Arab poet to explain why [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god

[13]Claire Fox on Freedom of Speech
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/claire-fox-on-freedom-speech

Tuesday October 18

Modern society has interpreted John Stuart Mill's concept of tolerance
  to mean that we should avoid giving offence. The director of the
  Institute of Ideas tells us about books that show how far we've
  departed from what was meant [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/claire-fox-on-freedom-speech

[15]How Apple And Amazon Security Flaws Led To My Epic Hacking
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Nlg7j8

Mat Honan | Wired | 6 August 2012

"In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed."
  Honan's Google account was compromised and deleted; his Twitter account
  spued out racist tweets; and all data was erased from his iPad, iPhone
  and MacBook. Here's how [16]More like this
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[17]Human Modification
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
  What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
  with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[19]Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/bulfinchs-mythology-by-thomas-bulfinch

[20]Andrei Codrescu says: “I was amazed by the beauty of the language,
  and the storyteller's unrelenting fascination with the stories he has
  collected” [21]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales
      21. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[22]Izhar Cardboard Bike Project
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/videos/izhar-cardboard-bike-project

"It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap. But what I like about it the
  most is it's made out of cardboard"
  [23]More videos
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[24]Robert Samuelson, on happiness
    Links:
      24. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-global-happiness-derby/2012/07/22/gIQAJWi8JT_story.html

"Only in the mid-1700s — the Enlightenment — did happiness become
    socially acceptable. Before that, religious dogma encouraged austere
    rectitude"

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

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k Why Israel Should Withdraw From the West Bank—Now - Jonathan
  Tepperman - The Atlantic [26]t.co/8EPqshSZ h/t @blakehounshell
  [27]#browsings [28]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://t.co/8EPqshSZ
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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