FiveBooks Newsletter 127

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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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Roman Krznaric on The Art of Living

Friday November 30

To learn how to live well we must look to the past, says the author of a new book on the subject. He recommends five books, from Thoreau to Orwell, that inspire us to live more adventurously Continue reading… (

Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food

Thursday November 29

The English chef who studied cooking in Sichuan tells us that there is no one Chinese cuisine, how Western perceptions of Chinese food are changing, and why carrots are called "barbarian radishes" in Mandarin
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Steven Gubser on String Theory

Wednesday November 28

What is string theory, and why should we bother finding out? The Princeton physics professor explains Continue reading… (

Carol Gilligan on Gender and Human Nature

Tuesday November 27

The idea that girls are emotional and “boys don’t cry” is ridiculous, says the feminist and psychologist. She tells us about books that debunk the gender myths constricting our lives Continue reading… (

Stephen Glain on US Militarism

Monday November 26

American presidents may not want to send troops into battle or militarise foreign policy but, in the end, most of them do. The author and journalist explains how this happens, and why it’s not even the military that's to blame Continue reading… (

Best of the Moment

Saving Diplomacy From Itself

Christina Odone | Foreign Policy | 26 November 2012

Profile of Carne Ross, former British diplomat who has reinvented himself as an "independent diplomat" for hire at the United Nations, advising politicians and unrecognised states. Clients include Kosovo, South Sudan, Polisario More like this (



Cars, nuclear plants, computers, phones, webcams -- they all succumb to hackers in the end Read on (

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

Living in Denial  by Kari Marie Norgaard

Carol Gilligan says ( : This asks why people with knowledge about climate change often fail to translate that knowledge into action. It describes many kinds of denial” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

Why I Love Vultures


They feed on flesh. And they need our sympathy More videos (

Quote of the Week

Arthur Schopenhauer, on genius (

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see”

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Reader Recommendations

@drippingmind Empathy lessons from Sherlock Holmes @brainpicker via @aeonmag #GoodRead #browsings ( More like this (

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