FiveBooks Newsletter 93


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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

FiveBooks at The Browser

Today on FiveBooks, [5]listen to philosopher AC Grayling consider what
  it means to be good. He looks at classics of moral philosophy for some
  of the answers, and says it is the act of trying to better oneself that
  is itself the key to living well.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

Also on the site: critic [6]Daniel Mendelsohn updates the classics;
  author [7]Faramerz Dabhoiwala investigates sex in the 18th century;
  historian [8]James Holland looks at unusual perspectives of World War
  II; and more.
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-mendelsohn-on-updating-classics
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/faramerz-dabhoiwala-on-18th-century-sexual-revolution
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-holland-on-perspectives-world-war-ii

Next Tuesday, FiveBooks returns with Dava Sobel, award-winning author
  of Longitude, discussing the early history of astronomy. See you then!

FiveBooks News

[9]AC Grayling on Being Good
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

Friday April 6

What does a moral life entail? How does one achieve it? AC Grayling
  looks at the classics of philosophy for the answers, and says that it
  is the striving for goodness and self-improvement itself that is the
  key to living well [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ac-grayling-on-being-good

[11]Neil Fligstein on Economic Sociology
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/neil-fligstein-on-economic-sociology

Thursday April 5

The author of The Architecture of Markets says it’s important to
  understand social aspects of economic behaviour, particularly when
  times of crisis reveal shortcomings of traditional economic theory
  [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/neil-fligstein-on-economic-sociology

[13]Daniel Mendelsohn on Updating the Classics
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-mendelsohn-on-updating-classics

Wednesday April 4

The author and critic tells us how Homer is still relevant, and says
  that to engage with the classics on their own terms means to play with
  and adapt them [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-mendelsohn-on-updating-classics

[15]Faramerz Dabhoiwala on the 18th Century Sexual Revolution
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/faramerz-dabhoiwala-on-18th-century-sexual-revolution

Tuesday April 3

The roots of our (generally) open attitude to sex lie not in the
  sixties but the 1760s, says the historian and author of The Origins of
  Sex, who explores this earlier sexual revolution through its literature
  [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/faramerz-dabhoiwala-on-18th-century-sexual-revolution

[17]James Holland on Perspectives of World War II
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-holland-on-perspectives-world-war-ii

Monday April 2

The author of a new book on the Dam Buster squadron tells us about
  works of fiction or memoir that show the horror of the Second World War
  in a human light and with fresh immediacy [18]Continue reading…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-holland-on-perspectives-world-war-ii

[19]America’s Dream Unravels
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/H5UjEC

Edward Luce | FT | 30 March 2012

Outstanding essay looks at America's economic and political malaise. A
  country where the Walton family is worth as much as bottom 150 million.
  "Brain power is America’s future. But it doesn’t always appear too
  cerebral in practice" [20]More like this
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[21]Mitt Romney
    Links:
      21. 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? [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[23]The Journals of James Boswell by James Boswell
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/journals-james-boswell-by-james-boswell

[24]Faramerz Dabhoiwala says: "a first-hand view of the sex life of an
  18th century gentleman" [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/journals-james-boswell-by-james-boswell
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[26]I'm A Blogger
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/im-blogger

Animated sketch of economist Tyler Cowen: "You get the readers you
  deserve"
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[28]Jeanette Winterson, on fiction
    Links:
      28. http://www.omnivoracious.com/2012/04/art-and-love-an-interview-with-jeanette-winterson.html

"Fiction and poetry are medicines. They heal the rupture that
    reality makes on the imagination"

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

Reader Recommendations

RT @ritholtz: I Quit http://t.co/goSTFEQx [31]#browsings [32]More
  like this
    Links:
      31. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      32. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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