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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading for the Weekend

This Friday I direct you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere: 1. One of my hobby horses is how the reality of socialized medicine...

This Friday I direct you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. One of my hobby horses is how the reality of socialized medicine often differs from the rhetoric surrounding it. So I was intrigued by the New York Times’ David Leonhart’s analysis of rationing in the U.S. health care system.

2. As we settle in to the second year of this recession, I was delighted to discover – via a friend – Daniel Seddiqui’s fascinating blog Living the Map: 50 Jobs in 50 States, in which he recounts his attempt to “try on” 50 different careers in 50 different states. Equally heartening¬† was this piece in the Guardian discussing the boom in adult internships here in the U.K. I’m a big fan of experimenting with different careers. Way to go!

3. My writer/journalist friend here in London, DD Guttenplan, has a new book out entitled American Radical: The Life and Times of IF Stone, about America’s premier investigative journalist of the 20th century. At a time when print journalism appears to be going the way of the travel agent, it’s instructive to learn about one man’s relentless quest for the truth and to ponder its resonances today. Listen to this interview with the author on Democracy Now.

4. Finally, because we all love to laugh, I was really pleased to happen upon this satirical blog about politics (mostly aimed at a British audience): Anna Raccoon. I also got a kick out of Middle Aged Cranky‘s rant against technology.

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. Rachel June 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Delia – it is only a confirmed habit of masochism that keeps me reading your Friday posts, as I am no more likely to start blithely hyperlink jumping, or for that matter do more than put the IF Stone on my (ever-lenghening) list than I am to switch to a career in, say, computer science. BUT – it is nice to know a lot of interesting things are being thought out there in the big world! – Rachel

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