FiveBooks Newsletter 46


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

Last week on FiveBooks, we talked with film legend Woody Allen about
  [1]books that inspire him, from _The Catcher in the Rye_ to the comedy of SJ
  Perelman. An expert on the British constitution discussed [2]electoral
  reform and the alternative vote. And on Mother’s Day in the US the “tiger
  mother” herself, Amy Chua, recommended [3]five books on mothering.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/vernon-bogdanor-on-electoral-reform
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amy-chua-on-being-mother

This week, look out for interviews with ProPublica manager Richard Tofel on
  journalism, and sports columnist Joe Posnanski on baseball – as well as
  other essential reading from FiveBooks on the Internet, urban economics and
  what makes Britain British.

Thanks for reading.

FiveBooks News

[4]Donald S Lopez Jr on Buddhism
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/donald-s-lopez-jr-on-buddhism

Monday May 2nd

The Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan
  discusses the Dalai Lama stepping down as the political leader of the
  Tibetan government in exile and Europe’s links to Buddhism [5]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/donald-s-lopez-jr-on-buddhism

[6]Michael Howard on War
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-howard-on-war

Tuesday May 3rd

The military historian describes the strategy, the art and the experience of
  war – from the pins in the map to the horrors of the front line [7]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-howard-on-war

[8]Vernon Bogdanor on Electoral Reform
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/vernon-bogdanor-on-electoral-reform

Wednesday May 4th

Britain votes on Thursday in a referendum on changing the electoral system.
  The political consequences could be great, says one of the country's top
  constitutional experts. [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/vernon-bogdanor-on-electoral-reform

[10]James Shapiro on Shakespeare biographies
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-shapiro-on-shakespeare-biographies

Wednesday May 5th

Writing a traditional biography of Shakespeare is impossible, says acclaimed
  Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro. But here he selects the best five books
  that tackle the life of the Bard [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-shapiro-on-shakespeare-biographies

[12]Woody Allen on Inspiration
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

Thursday May 6th

The film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
  Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

[14]Amy Chua on Being a Mother
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amy-chua-on-being-mother

Sunday May 7th

Author of self-satirising memoir on ambitious "tiger mothers" discusses the
  books about parenting that have made the most impact on her [15]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/amy-chua-on-being-mother

[16]Big Cheese: Gérard Depardieu
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/keHzlR

James Mottram | Independent | 2 May 2011

He has survived 17 motorbike accidents, a quintuple heart bypass and a plane
  crash. He makes four or five films a year, and has done so for four decades.
  Lately he's cut back his drinking to fewer than six bottles of wine a day

Featured Topic

[17]Film
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

What do film directors read? Is screenwriting literature? What are the best
  Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? Our experts and editors have
  the answers. For the film buff who browses ...

Book of the Week

[18]Islam and Its Discontents by Abdelwahab Meddeb
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/islam-and-its-discontents-by-abdelwahab-meddeb

[19]Tarek Osman says: “If you are going to try to understand the Arab world,
  you need some sort of understanding of Islam”
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tarek-osman-on-arab-world

Video of the Week

[20]Human Planet
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/human-planet

Truly awe-inspiring look at human life in all its varied forms from the BBC

Quote of the Week

[21]Andrew Brown, on democracy
    Links:
      21. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2011/may/06/nickclegg

"Democracy is like drains. You miss it dreadfully when it's not there"

Reader Recommendations

@DAMIENJOYCE Nice piece on Robert Johnson & 100 years of influential Delta
  Blues from @crawdada http://t.co/cngBabk #browsings

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