FiveBooks Newsletter 97


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  a pick of the best content on The Browser.
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  interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The
  Browser.
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Also on the site: [6]Jules Evans considers ancient philosophy for
  modern life; [7]Roland Chambers recommends books on revolutionary
  Russia; [8]William St Clair talks to us about reading in the Romantic
  period; and more.
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jules-evans-on-ancient-philosophy-modern-life
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-chambers-on-revolutionary-russia
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

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[10]Ma Jian on Chinese Dissident Literature
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Friday May 4

Writers in China are afraid to criticise their state and society, says
  the London-based author. He picks five works of Chinese literature,
  from the 3rd century BC to 2008, which show how it’s done [11]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

[12]Roland Chambers on Revolutionary Russia
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-chambers-on-revolutionary-russia

Thursday May 3

The Russian revolution was the beginning of the modern age, says the
  award-winning author. He tells us what Solzhenitsyn imagined Lenin was
  like, and about the children’s author who led a double life as a spy in
  Bolshevik Russia [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-chambers-on-revolutionary-russia

[14]Ahmede Hussain on South Asian literature
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ahmede-hussain-on-south-asian-literature

Wednesday May 2

The acclaimed author recommends the most exciting new writing out of
  India and South Asia, from a Pakistani perspective of 9/11 to an
  emigré's return to an unfamiliar Bangladesh [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ahmede-hussain-on-south-asian-literature

[16]Jules Evans on Ancient Philosophy for Modern Life
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jules-evans-on-ancient-philosophy-modern-life

Tuesday May 1

The author explores philosophy lessons of the ancients relevant to our
  globalised, information age – by way of cognitive behavioural therapy,
  and government measures of happiness [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jules-evans-on-ancient-philosophy-modern-life

[18]William St Clair on Reading the Romantics
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

Monday April 30

Who read Byron in his time? How much did a copy of Wordsworth cost? The
  scholar guides us through the astonishing history of reading in the
  Romantic period of English literature [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics

[20]Against Chairs
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/Kq8Uf5

Colin McSwiggen | Jacobin | 23 April 2012

"Chairs suck. All of them. No designer has ever made a good chair,
  because it is impossible. Some are better than others, but all are
  bad." They damage our bodies. And rose to popularity for worst of
  reasons — status, power, control [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[22]Air Travel
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many,
  flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen.
  And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11
  [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/reluctant-fundamentalist-by-mohsin-hamid

[25]Ahmede Hussain says: "I think it’s going to become a modern classic
  in five or 10 years’ time" [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ahmede-hussain-on-south-asian-literature
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]Venice in a Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/venice-day

Not quite the city of "Don't Look Now"
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Adam Gopnik, on Nicolas Sarkozy
    Links:
      29. http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/05/07/120507taco_talk_gopnik

"People will forgive a short man with a beautiful wife if he seems
    sufficiently surprised; Sarkozy seemed merely showy"

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

Reader Recommendations

@velvetinapurrs Meet the women of rural Afghanistan who are putting
  their lives on the line for poetry: http://t.co/KHJoHhLS
  [32]#browsings [33]More like this
    Links:
      32. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      33. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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