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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere: 1. If you have been following the ups and downs of the British elections...

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

1. If you have been following the ups and downs of the British elections over the past week, you will laugh out loud at this spoof in The Guardian of what ensued during the early hours post-election. (Note: This is part of an ongoing series in the paper based on last year’s political farce, In The Loop, about the run-up to the Iraq War. If you haven’t seen In The Loop, run, don’t walk to your nearest video store.)

2. And speaking of the British elections, here’s my take on Day One of the new political marriage between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems.

3. While we’re on the topic of marriage, I was fascinated by this interview in Salon with Tara Parker-Pope, author of For Better: The Science of A Good Marriage. Among other things – and in light of the heavy traffic my assertion that “monogamy isn’t natural” drew on this blog – I was pleased to see my basic point vindicated: monogamy isn’t natural but it can be achieved.

4. Regardless of your views on monogamy, you definitely don’t want to contemplate happy marriage without first considering this marriage-saving blanket (also courtesy of Salon.) Here’s an interview with its inventor, Frank Bibbo. Priceless!

5. This is a terrific piece from the New York Times’ Motherlode blog by Ross Kenneth Urkin on what happens when parents re-marry. It’s also an excellent example of a fine young writer at work.

6. Finally, I absolutely adored this new (to me) list of the 50 best author-vs.-author put downs of all time over at Michelle Kerns’ Book Examiner blog at Examiner.com. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes.)

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