FiveBooks Newsletter 71


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This week on FiveBooks, we talked to historian [5]Norman Davies on Europe's
  vanished kingdoms, psychologist [6]Dorothy Singer on why play is so vital
  for children, and asked economics professor [7]Mark Thoma to explain what
  econometrics is.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dorothy-singer-on-play
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-thoma-on-econometrics

We also invited lexicographer [8]Jonathon Green to share his knowledge of
  slang, and [9]Juliet Davenport, chief executive of Good Energy, to discuss
  renewable energy.
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-davenport-on-renewable-energy

Look out for a Halloween-themed beginning to next week, with interviews on
  horror fiction and the Day of the Dead. Thank you for reading us!

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[10]Mark Thoma on Econometrics
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-thoma-on-econometrics

Friday October 28

It’s a discipline popular with the Nobel prize committee and mysterious to
  most of the rest of us. So we asked an econometrician to explain what he
  does, and why there’s such a battle of ideas (and models) in economics
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-thoma-on-econometrics

[12]Norman Davies on Europe’s Vanished States
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states

Thursday October 27

The rise of China means the study of its history is suddenly in vogue. But,
  says the historian, there’s as much to learn, if not more, from looking at
  states that have disappeared [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states

[14]Dorothy Singer on Play
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dorothy-singer-on-play

Wednesday October 26

Play is a vital learning experience. But not all play is equal. Some helps
  children develop their imagination and learn cooperative behaviour. Some
  doesn’t. The Yale psychologist explains all [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dorothy-singer-on-play

[16]Jonathon Green on Slang
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang

Tuesday October 25

It’s dirty, grubby and doubting. And us at our most real. The lexicographer
  takes us inside the world of “rough, truthful language” from rhyming slang
  and  cant  to  the streets of Baltimore and an etymology of the f-word
  [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang

[18]Juliet Davenport on Renewable Energy
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-davenport-on-renewable-energy

Monday October 24

The chief executive of Good Energy says we need to think big if we want to
  cut our use of high-carbon energy. She tells us about the intersection
  between business, politics and doing the right thing [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-davenport-on-renewable-energy

[20]Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz on America’s Undocumented Workers
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-gomberg-muñoz-on-america’s-undocumented-workers

Sunday October 23

The anthropologist tells us about books that give voice to low-wage migrant
  labourers and explains the mutual dependence of slums and “urban glamour
  zones” [21]Continue reading…
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-gomberg-muñoz-on-america’s-undocumented-workers

[22]Wall Street Isn't Winning – It's Cheating
    Links:
      22. http://b.rw/w4q5NG

Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 25 October 2011

Sweary but enjoyable rant sparked by pundit's comment that OWS protest is
  driven by envy of the rich. No it isn't, says Taibbi, who gives both barrels
  in this response, arguing that the finance game is rigged [23]More like this
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/best

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]The Last King of Poland by Adam Zamoyski
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/last-king-poland-by-adam-zamoyski

[25]Norman Davies says: "The book is extremely well done, very well written"
  [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]The Divided Brain
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/divided-brain

Another RSA animated lecture, this time by Iain McGilchrist. A triumph of
  left brain over right [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]John Le Carré, on adaptations
    Links:
      29. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117945968?refcatid=31

"Seeing your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into
    bouillon cubes"

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

Reader Recommendations

_@nuzav_   Is  Self-Knowledge  Overrated?  http://t.co/QmqMJmrp  via
  _@NewYorker_ [32]#browsings [33]More like this
    Links:
      32. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      33. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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