FiveBooks Newsletter 38


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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

This week on FiveBooks, we brought you interviews with Andrew Cowan (Senior
  Lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA), Steve Crawshaw (director of
  international advocacy for Amnesty International), and eminent religious
  historian Diarmaid McCulloch; we also featured Oxford chemist Peter Atkins,
  child psychologist Tanya Byron, and NPR host Guy Raz. You’ll find their
  recommended titles at the links below.

[1]Andrew Cowan on Creative Writing
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-cowan-on-creative-writing

_Monday, March 14th_
  The Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA says that Joseph Conrad got
  it right when he said that the sitting down is all. Here he chooses five
  books to help aspiring writers [2]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-cowan-on-creative-writing

[3]Peter Atkins on the Emergence of Understanding
    Links:
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-atkins-on-emergence-understanding

_Tuesday, March 15th_
  British chemist and prominent atheist discusses why he thinks science is the
  only way to make sense of the world [4]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-atkins-on-emergence-understanding

[5]Steve Crawshaw on Human Rights
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steve-crawshaw-on-human-rights

_Wednesday, March 16th_
  Amnesty International’s director of international advocacy chooses books
  that illuminate historical and contemporary human rights issues, from the
  Belgian Congo to Iran [6]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steve-crawshaw-on-human-rights

[7]Tanya Byron on Child Psychology and Mental Health
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tanya-byron-on-child-psychology-and-mental-health

_Thursday, March 17th_
  Clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster discusses the stigmas attached
  to mental health problems, and asks whether, as a society, we are really
  doing what's best for our children [8]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tanya-byron-on-child-psychology-and-mental-health

[9]Diarmaid MacCulloch on the History of Christianity
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/diarmaid-macculloch-on-history-christianity

_Friday, March 18th_
  Distinguished historian of religion discourses on five works that explain
  the birth and development of Christianity around the world, from Bede to
  Baghdad [10]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/diarmaid-macculloch-on-history-christianity

[11]Guy Raz on Essential Reading for Reporters
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/guy-raz-on-essential-reading-reporters

_Saturday, March 19th_
  NPR host and former foreign correspondent offers practical and anecdotal
  guidance on reporting the news. Says, "I don’t buy this idea that there was
  a golden age in journalism" [12]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/guy-raz-on-essential-reading-reporters

Lastly, we hope you’ll enjoy today’s interview with acclaimed British
  screenwriter [13]Frank Cottrell Boyce, who wrote the screenplays for, among
  other films, _24 Hour Party People_ and _A Cock and Bull Story_. He explains
  why he thinks the secret of making good films is to "look outward".
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/frank-cottrell-boyce-on-movie-business

Yours,

The FiveBooks team at TheBrowser

[14]Radiation Dose Chart
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/hrPvOr

Randall Munroe | XKCD | 20 March 2011

Comparing the radiation you could be absorbing from all sorts of sources.
  Reassuring and worrying at the same time. You get more from a chest CT scan
  than you would from spending a day near the stricken reactors at Fukushima

Current Topic

[15]Russia and the FSU
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/topics/russia

From the war in Chechnya to the murky depths of the KGB archive. Everything
  you  need  to  know  (well, nearly everything) about Russia's past and
  present [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/topics/russia

Book of the Week

[17]Letters to a Young Contrarian
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/letters-young-contrarian-by-christopher-hitchens

-by Christopher Hitchens -
  [18]Guy Raz says: “I don’t think there is a better journalist than Hitchens
  writing in English, nobody more compelling. I certainly don’t agree with him
  a lot of the time, but you can’t but be in awe of the way he can build an
  argument.”
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/guy-raz-on-essential-reading-reporters

[19]More recommendations…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

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