FiveBooks Newsletter 64


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This week began with the 9/11 commemorations and two terrific FiveBooks
  interviews in which [5]Fran Lebowitz and [6]Jay McInerney took us inside the
  New York they know and love. Great tributes both, to one of the most
  powerful cities in the Western imagination.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fran-lebowitz-on-new-york-writers
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-mcinerney-on-essential-new-york-novels

We followed up with an atmospheric walk through [7]the seamier side of
  London, courtesy of historian Peter Ackroyd, and then it was back to ancient
  Rome with [8]Tom Holland for an investigation of power and religion.
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-ackroyd-on-london
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tom-holland-on-ancient-rome

Today, we finish with [9]James Randi, the one-time magician who became the
  scourge of "psychics", flim-flam artists and would-be spoon-benders
  everywhere. And, as he explains, there's $1m in it for anyone who wants to
  take him on.
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-randi-on-scepticism

Next week, our varied menu takes in art crime, philosophy and inequalities
  in wealth. Do come back for more!

FiveBooks News

[10]James Randi on Scepticism
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-randi-on-scepticism

Friday September 16

The former magician sharpens his knives against proponents of flim-flam,
  pseudoscience and the so-called paranormal. And tells us where the creator
  of Sherlock Holmes went very badly wrong [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-randi-on-scepticism

[12]Juan Méndez on Torture
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juan-méndez-on-torture

Thursday September 15

Can torture ever be justified? No, says the UN special rapporteur, who tells
  us  how torturers try to excuse themselves and what remedies should be
  available to surviving victims [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juan-méndez-on-torture

[14]Susan Gelman on Essentialism
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/susan-gelman-on-essentialism

Wednesday September 14

Putting people and things into categories is something we all do. It’s a
  useful shortcut but reveals biases. And it plays a role in everything from
  ethnic violence to childhood development, as psychologist Susan Gelman
  explains [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/susan-gelman-on-essentialism

[16]Tom Holland on Ancient Rome
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tom-holland-on-ancient-rome

Tuesday September 13

How  accurate is what we think we know about the Romans? The author of
  _Rubicon_ tells us about the exercise of power, the staging of ceremony and
  the influence of religion in ancient Rome [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tom-holland-on-ancient-rome

[18]Peter Ackroyd on London
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-ackroyd-on-london

Monday September 12

The historian and biographer of London picks five books that shine a light
  on parts of this vast, complex and confusing city where, he says, pathos and
  pantomime meet [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-ackroyd-on-london

[20]Jay McInerney on Essential New York Novels
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-mcinerney-on-essential-new-york-novels

Sunday September 11

The author of Bright Lights, Big City tells us what changed after 9/11 and
  which books best capture the ambition, romance and creativity of New York
  [21]Continue reading…
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-mcinerney-on-essential-new-york-novels

[22]Fran Lebowitz on New York Writers
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fran-lebowitz-on-new-york-writers

Saturday September 10

9/11 changed New York immensely, but it’s always been a city where people go
  to be free and it will be again, says the writer and humorist. Just look at
  its rich and varied literary life [23]Continue reading…
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fran-lebowitz-on-new-york-writers

[24]It's Already Happened
    Links:
      24. http://b.rw/ru4RYu

James Meek | LRB | 14 September 2011

Superb, highly readable essay on commercialisation of Britain's national
  health service. And that's not something I thought I'd ever write. But it's
  a fascinating story from the pioneers of hip replacement ops to lobbyists of
  today [25]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[26]Republican Contenders
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Romney, Bachmann or Perry? AN Other? Read our selection of background and
  analysis articles on the Republicans hoping to be their party's choice to
  challenge President Obama [27]Read on
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[28]The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/catcher-rye-by-j-d-salinger

[29]Jay McInerney says: “ This made me want to live in New York and go to
  the  bars  where Holden went. For all its satire, it’s a very romantic
  portrait of the city” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jay-mcinerney-on-essential-new-york-novels
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[31]Ghosts With Shit Jobs
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/ghosts-shit-jobs

Everyday life in the America of 2040—after the default of 2015, a long
  decline, and a Chinese ascendancy [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[33]PJ O'Rourke, on leisure
    Links:
      33. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904583204576544753319094690.html

"A tense and busy futility is the best Americans can do by way of down
    time. How else to explain golf?"

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

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      35. http://t.co/tLvnSBYh
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      37. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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