Last week on FiveBooks, we talked with film legend Woody Allen about
books that inspire him, from _The Catcher in the Rye_ to the comedy of SJ
Perelman. An expert on the British constitution discussed electoral
reform and the alternative vote. And on Mother’s Day in the US the “tiger
mother” herself, Amy Chua, recommended five books on mothering.
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.
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 Continue
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 Continue
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. Continue reading…
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 Continue reading…
Woody Allen on Inspiration
Thursday May 6th
The film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond Continue reading…
Amy Chua on Being a 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 Continue
Big Cheese: Gérard Depardieu
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
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
Islam and Its Discontents by Abdelwahab Meddeb
Tarek Osman says: “If you are going to try to understand the Arab world,
you need some sort of understanding of Islam”
Video of the Week
Truly awe-inspiring look at human life in all its varied forms from the BBC
Quote of the Week
Andrew Brown, on democracy
"Democracy is like drains. You miss it dreadfully when it's not there"
@DAMIENJOYCE Nice piece on Robert Johnson & 100 years of influential Delta
Blues from @crawdada http://t.co/cngBabk #browsings