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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere: 1. We begin this week with J.K. Rowling’s wonderful...

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

1. We begin this week with J.K. Rowling’s wonderful commencement speech at Harvard University about the fringe benefits of failure. (Hat tip: Quiet: The Power of Introverts)

2. This meditation on the tragedy in Norway by one of its most famous authors absolutely slayed me.

3. Russell Brand’s tribute to Amy Winehouse was also deeply moving and keenly observed.

4. Over on Buzz Feed, check out 60 Awesome Portraits of Gay Couples Just Married in New York State. As my friend Sharon Hyman put it, if no. 12 doesn’t make you support gay marriage, you might just fail the sociopath test.

5. I loved Jessica Roake’s deconstruction of Thomas The Tank Engine as a thinly-veiled pro-imperialist treatise over on Slate.

6. Mike T. has a lovely analysis of the quintessential American-ness of the Chautauqua Institution on his blog, A Boat Against The Current.

7. Check out Lil Chase’s Top 10 Unwords at The Guardian. Snozzberry, anyone?

 

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Shelley July 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    J. K. Rowling. Isn’t she wonderful. Also loved the un-words. Thanks!

  2. Cathy August 3, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    I really enjoy your suggestions for read (or listen).

    On JK Rowling – I was truly impressed. The idea of failure is close to home these days and rising from the ashes and building a foundation are inspiring.

    On the Norway writing – I couldn’t help but note the similarities between the author and how I feel since 9-11. Really. I did not live through the earlier wars, in particular WWII where we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. But we have been attacked – before that – it was “over there”.

    On Thomas, well, let’s just say I’m glad my 7yo is pretty much done with Thomas. Thankfully or I might resent the destruction of something I thought as honest and serene. Bummer.

  3. delialloyd August 3, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    @cathy – Thanks. I thought the Rowling speech was brilliant and keep thinking about the failure point as well. It made her human for me, and not just this literary icon. Which is always a treat. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Mike T. August 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning this post on the blog, Delia. I had a terribly hard time posting the pictures, and even the text took longer than I wanted to put together. It’s nice to see that the post got noticed, after all this.

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