FiveBooks Newsletter 79


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Links to all our original FiveBooks interviews of the week before, plus a
  pick of the best content on The Browser.
  [1]FiveBooks weekly newsletter: Links to all our original FiveBooks
  interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The
  Browser.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

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Dear readers,

This week on FiveBooks, we shed light on the pre-Christian origins and
  contested history of Christmas, with the help of religious scholar [5]Bruce
  Forbes. We also heard from music journalist [6]Greil Marcus on rock 'n roll,
  novelist [7]Mona Simpson on family stories, and FT columnist [8]John Gapper
  on financial speculation.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-forbes-on-christmas-history
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/greil-marcus-on-rock-music
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mona-simpson-on-family-stories
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation

Today, we begin our Best of FiveBooks series of compilation interviews to
  mark the end of the year, with five experts from our archives recommending
  [9]children's books for Christmas. Next week, the series continues with
  essential reading on everything from memoir to sport, science to philosophy,
  and more.
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/children-best-fivebooks

Happy Holidays from The Browser!

FiveBooks News

[10]Best of FiveBooks on Children’s books for Christmas
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/children-best-fivebooks

Friday December 23

In the first of seven compilation interviews, we feature five children’s
  books recommended by a range of experts – including Santa himself
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/children-best-fivebooks

[12]Bruce Forbes on Christmas History
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-forbes-on-christmas-history

Thursday December 22

Did you know that Santa Claus was a 4th century bishop in what is now
  Turkey? That Puritans tried to outlaw Christmas? Or Tiny Tim was originally
  Little Fred? We shed light on Christmas’s pagan past and consumerist present
  [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-forbes-on-christmas-history

[14]Mona Simpson on Family Stories
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mona-simpson-on-family-stories

Wednesday December 21

Family dynamics are changing dramatically in our modern, workaholic age. The
  novelist – and sister of Steve Jobs, separated at birth – selects five works
  of fiction that illustrate some truths about families in all their variety
  [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mona-simpson-on-family-stories

[16]John Gapper on Financial Speculation
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation

Tuesday December 20

We all have a bit of the rogue trader in us. So says the chief business
  commentator of the FT, who tells us about the greed, vanity and weakness
  that can lead to financial disaster [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation

[18]Greil Marcus on Rock Music
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/greil-marcus-on-rock-music

Monday December 19

Time to get out your old CDs and LPs. The music journalist picks five books
  from Bob Dylan’s hinterland to confessions of a rock ’n roll groupie, and
  explains why good criticism is like writing fiction [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/greil-marcus-on-rock-music

[20]Best Of 2011: The Forever City
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/rQUUH3

Robert Hughes | WSJ | 28 October 2011

Art critic recalls first trip to Rome, in 1959. Charming, evocative piece of
  travel writing: "In Rome, for the first time in my life, I felt surrounded
  by speaking water. What trees are to Paris, fountains are to Rome" [21]More
  like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[22]Václav Havel
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

In memoriam of the playwright and former Czech president, who's died at the
  age of 75 [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/happy-prince-by-oscar-wilde

[25]Michael  Morpurgo says: "It’s really, really heartbreaking, and an
  extraordinary love story" [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-morpurgo-on-books-children
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]Seconds Of Beauty
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/seconds-beauty

Compilation  of entries for The Beauty Of A Second short film contest.
  Absolutely breathtaking
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Highdeas, on film
    Links:
      29. http://highdeas.com

"If you watch 'Jaws' backwards, it's a movie about a shark that keeps
    throwing up people until they have to open a beach"

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

Reader Recommendations

_@prospect_uk_ "A sybaritic figure and a great destroyer—a sort of Enoch
  Powell of the left" @david_goodhart on Hitchens http://t.co/94sB4GcD
  #browsings [32]More like this
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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