FiveBooks Newsletter 44


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This week on FiveBooks, we brought you conversations with American feminist
  legend Erica Jong, _Economist_ correspondent and language blogger Robert
  Lane Greene, and – last but most definitely not least – star novelist Ian
  McEwan. You'll find these three interviews, as well as several other
  illuminating reads, at the links below.

Please also be sure to check out today's interview with _[1]John Thorn_, the
  Official Historian for Major League Baseball. He talks to us about the
  history of the sport – and tells us why he thinks attending a ball game is
  like watching a play by Aeschylus. Enjoy!
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-thorn-on-baseball

FiveBooks News

[2]Mark Malloch Brown on Globalisation
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-malloch-brown-on-globalisation

Monday April 18th

The  Chief  of Staff of the United Nations under Kofi Annan and former
  Administrator of the UN Development Programme talks us through some of the
  key ideas and institutions that helped develop globalisation [3]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-malloch-brown-on-globalisation

[4]Martin Marty on Religion versus Secularism in History
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-marty-on-religion-versus-secularism-history

Tuesday April 19th

The professor of religious history says that though the world may seem to be
  increasingly secular, the growth of Christianity and Islam in some places
  disproves  it.  He chooses five books that fuel the debate [5]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/martin-marty-on-religion-versus-secularism-history

[6]Robert Lane Greene on Language and the Mind
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-lane-greene-on-language-and-mind

Wednesday April 20th

_Economist_  correspondent  and  author  discusses  "grammar  grouches",
  linguistic evolution, and why the world looks different in other languages
  [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-lane-greene-on-language-and-mind

[8]Erica Jong on Unmissable Books on Women, Feminism and Life
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/erica-jong-on-unmissable-books-women-feminism-and-life

Thursday April 21th

American feminist legend Erica Jong selects essential reading for women –
  and says the revolution is far from over [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/erica-jong-on-unmissable-books-women-feminism-and-life

[10]Ian McEwan on Books That Have Helped Shape His Novels
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels

Friday April 22th

Novelist Ian McEwan talks about the books that have helped shape his own –
  from the biography of a scientific genius to a treatise on the end of time
  – and the importance of finding ‘mental freedom’ [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels

[12]The Chernobyl That Nobody Wants
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/f2b1aL

Barys Piatrovich | Eurozine | 22 April 2011

Gripping account of first month after Chernobyl's nuclear disaster. 25 years
  ago, uncertainty turned to anxiety and then panic as "virtually the whole of
  the radioactive end of Mendeleev's periodic table fell on Belarus"

Featured Topic

[13]Journalism
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
  world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
  the history of journalism

Book of the Week

[14]Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/einstein-his-life-and-universe-by-walter-isaacson

[15]Ian McEwan says: This biography shows us the creative exuberance of a
  man with an extraordinary visual imagination.
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/einstein-his-life-and-universe-by-walter-isaacson

Video of the Week

[16]South Carolina Tea Partiers Speak Out
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/videos/south-carolina-tea-partiers-speak-out

I know, I had you at "South Carolina". And, by the way, they're really very
  keen on Donald Trump

Quote of the Week

[17]John Wilbanks, on knowledge
    Links:
      17. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/massively-distilled-scientific-wisdom

"Knowledge is a public good that increases in value as the number of
    people possessing it increases"

Reader Recommendations

@chicoxperto  Assistance to Timor-Leste: World Bankers bearing gifts –
  _[18]goo.gl/b7Ygu_ #browsings via @polit2k | The Economist
    Links:
      18. http://goo.gl/b7Ygu

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