Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:
1. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to visit a nudist camp (for the record, I haven’t, but now I do), have a look at Emily Yoffe’s account of her vacation at a nudist camp in Slate.
2. If you’ve ever used an internet dating service, you will love Paul Rudnick’s hilarious satire in The New Yorker about www.settlingdownward.com. (Note: subscription may be required to view this post.)
3. And while we’re on the subject of dating, OKCupid has compiled some trends you’ll want to have a look at called The *Real* Stuff White People Like, where they analyze things different ethnic groups like in the United States (by gender). (Sidebar: If you haven’t visited the original Stuff White People Like, do that first.)
4. Here’s a delightfully funny video review of Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom by Washington Post book critic Ron Charles.
5. I would now like to ask you to drop whatever you’re doing and watch this video of the weirdest (and most disturbing) political speech EVER over on Gawker. (Non-American readers: see what you’re missing?)
6. In a more serious political vein, I’ve been absolutely riveted by Jeffrey Goldberg’s series in The Atlantic about his recent meetings with Fidel Castro. Read the first installment here.
7. Finally, here’s my take in www.PoliticsDaily.com on Tony Blair’s complicated legacy – and his incredibly awful book tour.