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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

This Friday I point you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere: 1. You may be Tigered out, but of all the volumes of things I’ve...

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

1. You may be Tigered out, but of all the volumes of things I’ve read on Tiger Woods in the last two weeks, this piece by Jay Michaelson about our (absurd) cultural attachment to the ideal of monogamy struck me as the most intelligent. (And I say this as someone who encourages the practice.)

2. Regardless of where you fall on the abortion issue, this is one of the most compelling interviews I’ve ever heard on any topic in my entire life. It’s an interview on BBC Radio 4’s program The Choice with Dr. Warren Hern, the only doctor who still provides late-term abortions in America.

3. I really enjoyed this in-real-time description of what it’s like to write with small children around by Stephanie McGee in Literary Mama.

4. And speaking of literary mamas, my new favorite Mom blog is Motherese. Kristen has a wonderfully fresh and honest voice and I admire her dedication.

5. I was sad to learn about the death of the book tour (via @gretchenrubin).

6. Finally, for those who are interested, here are my posts this week from, one on challenges to the restrictive abortion law in Ireland, and another on a prostitute turned PhD called Belle de Jour.

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  1. Lindsey December 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    I am a big Kristen fan too! Glad to hear her mentioned here. I read your Friday picks every week.
    Thank you.

  2. Kim December 14, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    Hi Delia, I regularly browse your blog and politics Daily articles and find them really inspiring! Particularly your blog posts on slash careers. It really worries me that when I have children I’ll suddenly be on the scrap heap career wise and it’s encouraging to hear about women who have not only maintained successful careers but have also been able to make them flexible and work for them. I’m now looking for my first slash!

    With reference to this blog post, I read your thought provoking article on abortion laws in Ireland. I thought the comments readers left were sometimes quite scary (forced sterilisation etc) I’ve noticed similar comments left on other articles too. I was just wondering, are you seen as particularly left wing in the states or do the comments just reflect the (seemingly vast) difference between democrats and republicans? American politics is so much more polar than here in the UK!


    • delialloyd December 14, 2009 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Kim. Thanks for dropping by. Glad the slash stuff is inspirational for you-it changed the way I thought about my career and I recommend it to everyone now. Re: comments on PD. I think it is a reflection of the political views of readers of that website more than anything else, which I don’t have a good handle on. When I first started there, I found some of the vitriol alarming. Now it doesn’t even phase me anymore. With each post there’s usually 1-2 people saying something valuable from whatever political perspective they hail from. Wish it were more! Fingers crossed…

  3. daryl boylan December 15, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    Re: Belle du jour: Remember the episodes of “West Wing” with the high-ticket call girl who was working her way through law school thanks to her “escort” job? Ah, art; ah, life…

  4. delialloyd December 15, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    Yes! I was going to mention her but ran out of room!

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