FiveBooks Newsletter 59


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[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

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This week on the site saw book recommendations on topics as diverse as
  [5]great letter writers, [6]debunking the paranormal and [7]the end of the
  West. In addition Senator [8]John Kerry gave us an exclusive interview on
  the books every progressive should read.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-keates-on-great-letter-writers
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-wiseman-on-debunking-paranormal
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-marquand-on-end-west
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-kerry-on-progressivism

Next week, keep your eyes peeled for Mark Tully on India, Michelle Rhee on
  education in the US, Harold Bloom on literary criticism, and more.

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[9]David Marquand on the End of the West
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-marquand-on-end-west

Friday August 12

The former British MP says the myths we have perpetuated about the West are
  dangerous  and  need to be revised. He tells us what we should read to
  understand the changing world order [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-marquand-on-end-west

[11]Patrick Cockburn on the Iraq War
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-cockburn-on-iraq-war

Thursday August 11

The veteran Middle East correspondent gives us his tips for the best reading
  about  the  US-led  invasion and occupation, and explains why the West
  shouldn’t have intervened in Iraq in the first place [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-cockburn-on-iraq-war

[13]Ruth Reichl on American Food
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-reichl-on-american-food

Wednesday August 10

The Puritans got modern American cuisine off to a bad start. But the food
  writer and critic says subsequent immigrants have helped create a culture
  where food is appreciated [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-reichl-on-american-food

[15]Richard Wiseman on Debunking the Paranormal
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-wiseman-on-debunking-paranormal

Tuesday August 9

The psychology professor explains why mediums, spoon bending and near-death
  and out-of-body experiences are all baloney. And how he’s tested people who
  claim they’re psychic to prove they aren’t [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-wiseman-on-debunking-paranormal

[17]Jonathan Keates on Great Letter Writers
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-keates-on-great-letter-writers

Monday August 8

Queen Victoria was anything but Victorian and Lord Byron was more vulnerable
  than we think, says writer Jonathan Keates – who considers emails a poor
  substitute for a hand-written correspondence [18]Continue reading…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathan-keates-on-great-letter-writers

[19]John Kerry on Progressivism
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-kerry-on-progressivism

Sunday August 7

Senator John Kerry picks five books that every progressive should read, and
  discusses the divide in America between the haves and have-nots [20]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-kerry-on-progressivism

[21]Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
    Links:
      21. http://b.rw/mZhNiT

Don Peck | Atlantic | 9 August 2011

Thoughtful essay on US wealth divide. "If the economic and cultural trends
  under way continue unabated, class mobility will likely decrease in the
  future, and class divides may eventually grow beyond our ability to bridge
  them" [22]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Featured Topic

[23]UK Riots
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/uk-riots

This  is  our selection of the best writing on the riots to date. Keep
  checking this page for updates over the coming days [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/uk-riots

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[25]The Gourmet by Lu Wenfu
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/gourmet-by-lu-wenfu

[26]Fuchsia Dunlop says: _“It's a delightfully witty and humorous story by a
  Suzhou-born writer and a kind of allegory for how difficult it is to build
  an ideal world through ideology” _[27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fuschia-dunlop-on-chinese-food
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[28]SmartBird
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/smartbird

Markus  Fischer,  of  German engineering company Festo, demonstrates a
  mechanical bird [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[30]John Naughton, on rioting
    Links:
      30. http://twitter.com/jjn1/status/101058755189420032

"Prosperity doesn't trickle down, but greed does"

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

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom
  – Telegraph Blogs - [32]goo.gl/lJSZ0 [33]#browsings
  [34]More like this
    Links:
      32. http://goo.gl/lJSZ0
      33. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      34. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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