FiveBooks Newsletter 90


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  interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The
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This week on FiveBooks: American humourist [5]Andy Borowitz selects
  five books to tickle your funny bone; novelist [6]Tim Lott considers
  the complicated, and occasionally murderous, relationship betweeen
  brothers; translator [7]Rosamund Bartlett recommends Russian short
  stories; science historian [8]George Dyson considers the origins of
  computing; and more.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-borowitz-on-comic-writing
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-lott-on-brothers
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rosamund-bartlett-on-russian-short-stories
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-dyson-on-origins-computing

Next week, look out for interviews on a diverse range of topics, from
  the US intelligence service to Nelson Mandela, why cities are good for
  you to a critique of utopia. And in case you missed it, you can
  download the first FiveBooks ebook – collecting the best interviews of
  2011 – for your Kindle [9]here.
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      9. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-of-FiveBooks-2011-ebook/dp/B007GAM6RC/?tag=thebro-21

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[12]Andy Borowitz on Comic Writing
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-borowitz-on-comic-writing

Friday March 16

Do you have to be cruel to be comedic? It often helps, says the
  bestselling humour writer, who tells us about five novels (and one
  presidential contender) that are enough to make anyone laugh
  [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-borowitz-on-comic-writing

[14]Tim Lott on Brothers
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-lott-on-brothers

Thursday March 15

The novelist, whose forthcoming book lays bare a dysfunctional
  relationship with his brother, tells us about love and rivalry among
  siblings – and the dark, even murderous, impulses that can be
  engendered [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-lott-on-brothers

[16]George Dyson on the Origins of Computing
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-dyson-on-origins-computing

Wednesday March 14

As we approach the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth, science historian
  George Dyson looks back at the achievements of wartime code breaking
  and the “human computers” who enabled our modern age of iPhones and
  laptops [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-dyson-on-origins-computing

[18]Chris Livaccari on Language and Culture of China
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/chris-livaccari-on-language-and-culture-china

Tuesday March 13

China covers a vast territory, and is far more ethnically and
  culturally diverse than many outsiders assume. So what does it mean to
  be Chinese? [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/chris-livaccari-on-language-and-culture-china

[20]Rosamund Bartlett on Russian Short Stories
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rosamund-bartlett-on-russian-short-stories

Monday March 12

In Russia, it’s often fallen to writers to challenge conventions and
  speak the truth, says the translator and biographer. She makes a
  personal selection of some of the most exhilarating Russian short
  fiction [21]Continue reading…
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rosamund-bartlett-on-russian-short-stories

[22]Great American Losers
    Links:
      22. http://b.rw/zSBGct

Elaine Blair | NYRB | 9 March 2012

Postwar novelists—Updike, Mailer—were male triumphalists. Their
  successors—Franzen, Shteyngart—have overcorrected. They want women to
  like them. Their men are losers. Houllebecq is different. He doesn't
  want to be liked [23]More like this
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[24]Mitt Romney
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Slowly, he's clawing his way to the Republican nomination. But what
  makes the man who would be president tick? [25]Read on
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[26]The Queen of Spades and Other Stories by Alexander Pushkin
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/queen-spades-and-other-stories-by-alexander-pushkin

[27]Rosamund Bartlett says: "The precision and lucidity of Pushkin’s
  language make it read like something written yesterday" [28]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rosamund-bartlett-on-russian-short-stories
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[29]The BBC and Religion
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/bbc-and-religion

BBC boss Mark Thompson on policing the boundaries of free speech
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[31]Richard Holloway, on belief
    Links:
      31. http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2012/03/holloway-church-life-doubt

"The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty"

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

Reader Recommendations

@smiler29: How to write faster. Are you a Beethovian or a Mozartian?
  http://t.co/3EkkmzWP [34]#browsings [35]More like this
    Links:
      34. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      35. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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