FiveBooks Newsletter 119

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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.
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Jonathon Green on Slang

Friday October 5

It’s dirty, grubby and doubting. And us at our most real. The lexicographer takes us inside the world of “rough, truthful language” from rhyming slang and cant to the streets of Baltimore and an etymology of the f-word Continue reading… (

Maria Sveland on Feminism

Thursday October 4

The feminist author chooses liberating literature for women, from Virginia Woolf to Erica Jong. She says that men still don’t share equal responsibility in the home, and that life after divorce is easier
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Edward Skidelsky on Virtue

Wednesday October 3

The British philosopher tells us about virtue from Plato to the modern day, and says Jane Austen got it right when she wrote about passion
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Dahlia Lithwick on US Supreme Court Justices

Tuesday October 2

Who are the men and women in black robes who sit on America’s highest judicial bench? A legal correspondent takes us inside this most influential institution through a look at some of its most fascinating characters Continue reading… (

Robin Lane Fox on Religious and Social History in the Ancient World

Monday October 1

The historian tells us how cultural and philosophical changes that occurred in late antiquity are essential to our understanding of the world today Continue reading… (

Simon Kuper on Best Football Books in English

Sunday September 30

The author of "Why England Lose" tells us what it means to be a football fan (and why England lose) Continue reading… (

Best of the Moment

Mass Revolt

Jason Schwartz | Boston Magazine | 29 September 2012

Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts just six years ago. Yet today he's so unpopular there he's barely bothering to campaign in the state. Why did the voters became so alienated? More like this (


Steve Jobs's Legacy

He was a giant of American business, driving Apple to become the most valuable company in the world. But how should we remember Steve Jobs?   Read on (

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

The Sparrow  by Maria Doria Russell

Ellah Allfrey says ( : “A Jesuit in space. A science fiction retelling of a misunderstanding of cultures and the tragic consequences.” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

32 Metronomes


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Quote of the Week

Le Corbusier, on drawing (

"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies"

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Reader Recommendations

@joespring: What happened on Manaslu? Excellent in-depth story by Devon O'Neil of @ESPN_Ski #longreads #browsings ( More like this (

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