FiveBooks Newsletter 53


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

Next week, don’t miss Jim Shepard on short stories, Fuschia Dunlop on
  Chinese cooking, and Simon Baron-Cohen on empathy.

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FiveBooks News

[8]Hari Kunzru on the Mojave Desert
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/hari-kunzru-on-mojave-desert

Friday July 1

The novelist explains his fascination with the Mojave desert – a mysterious,
  forgotten place full of secret military sites where the silence feels like a
  physical weight on one’s ears [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/hari-kunzru-on-mojave-desert

[10]Steven Kaplan on the History of Food
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steven-kaplan-on-history-food

Thursday June 30

The history professor tells us about the power of food – from body and blood
  of Christ and act of seduction to means of social control and weapon of war
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/steven-kaplan-on-history-food

[12]Daniel Headrick on Technology and Nature
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-headrick-on-technology-and-nature

Wednesday June 29

The historian explains how the power of technology has affected man’s
  relationship with the rest of nature, and tells us what determines why some
  civilisations succeed and others fail [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-headrick-on-technology-and-nature

[14]Stephen Breyer on Intellectual Influences
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-breyer-on-intellectual-influences

Tuesday June 28

The US Supreme Court Justice discusses five books that have influenced his
  thinking, and explains why reading widely, including literature, is
  essential for judges and lawyers [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-breyer-on-intellectual-influences

[16]Patricio Navia on Politics of Latin America
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patricio-navia-on-politics-latin-america

Monday June 27

The political scientist tells us what to read if we want to know why Latin
  American voters elect left-wing leaders, and how those leaders end up
  governing differently from each other [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patricio-navia-on-politics-latin-america

[18]Van Jones on Change in America
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/van-jones-on-change-america

Sunday June 26

In the latest instalment of our series on American progressivism, the
  environmental advocate and human rights activist tells us why the age of
  Obama will really only begin after the president has left office
  [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/van-jones-on-change-america

[20]You Are Being Gamed
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/k57J76

Dan Ariely | Dropbox | 25 June 2011

How online companies trick you into sharing more, joining more, and spending
  more. And how, sometimes, we end up gaming ourselves. Case studies from
  Amazon, Netflix, Zynga, Groupon, Apple and Facebook (PDF) [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Featured Topic

[22]China
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/topics/china

Everything you need to know about the rising power. Original interviews with
  experts such as Richard Baum, Isabel Hilton, and Xinran - and the books and
  articles they recommend [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/china

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]Foundation by Isaac Asimov
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/foundation-by-isaac-asimov

[25]Paul Krugman says: “This is a very unusual set of novels from Isaac
  Asimov, but a classic” [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]Splitscreen: A Love Story
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/splitscreen-love-story

Winner of Nokia Shorts competition 2011. Amazingly, shot entirely by mobile
  phone
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Joseph Epstein, on writing
    Links:
      29. http://www.newcriterion.com/articleprint.cfm/Heavy-sentences-7053

"Writing cannot be taught, though it can be learned"

[30]More quotes
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

Reader Recommendations

_@alecash_ Prize for the most engaging, well-written longform article I have
  read this June goes to Adam Gopnik http://goo.gl/mH25l [32]#browsings
  [33]More like this
    Links:
      32. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      33. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

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