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On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading from around the blogosphere:

a. I have started following The Paris Review on Twitter and am really enjoying their online content. Here’s a lovely ode to November from earlier last month.

b. I’ve long been a fan of The New York Times Modern Love column. But I particularly liked this selection of 13-word love stories.

c. Over on It’s Nice That, check out Nadia Lee Cohen’s depictions of distorted suburbia. Love it!

d. Finally, for those of you who are interested in the art of political moderation, one of my cousins has just started a blog devoted to unearthing the intellectual foundations of political moderation. Always a fascinating and edifying read.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday Pix: Some Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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myers briggsOn occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. As a long-time This American Life fan, I found this piece by Ira Glass about the death of a grown-up friend very moving.

b. A friend sent through a terrific-looking list of books about growth in middle age. I can’t wait to dive in.

c. If you like taking personality tests and especially Myers-Briggs, you will love this piece on the definition of hell for each Myers-Briggs type. Calling all fellow ENTJs!

d. And speaking of middle age, anyone who is a Simon & Garfunkle fan will relish this recent and unexpected reunion of Simon and Garfunkle.

e. If, in contrast, your tastes run more towards The Wire, try prying yourself away from this new game: Where’s Wallace?

f. Finally, in lighter fare, The Buzz Feed has some fun recirculating the response to President Trump’s accidentally tweeting the word “We.”

Have a great weekend!

Image: Myers Briggs by Eric E. Castro via Flickr

 

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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Fountain pen writing

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. By now, we’ve all seen the viral video of the academic in South Korea whose young children crash his interview with the BBC. But you may not have seen this frame-by-frame analysis of the BBC interview from The Daily Telegraph or Robert Kelly (that’s his name)’s own quite grown-up response to the whole affair.

b. As a long time fan of David Letterman, it was great to see Letterman “unplugged” in this interview with Vulture.

c. This essay by Amy Krause Rosenthal in the New York Times’ Modern Love column, in which she encourages other people to marry her husband on her deathbed, is a lovely tribute to love and marriage.

d. George Saunders’ account of the creative process that writers undergo when they write is both hilarious and spot on.

e. And speaking of writing, if you’re a grammarian – or simply (like me) a fan of the Oxford Comma, you’ll love this story. (Read it while listening to this gem…)

Have a great weekend!

Image: Fountain Pen via Wikipedia

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. Regardless of your politics, this is a truly inspiring – and funny! – animation explaining the origin of President Obama’s “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” slogan.

b. At the other end of the spectrum, everyone will enjoy this hilarious video of real people reacting to (real) online dating messages.

c. John Seabrook’s account of his relationship to drinking in The New Yorker is absolutely beautiful.

d. I’ve only been to Germany a handful of times, but I loved this list of German faux pas. Watch out for that red man!

e. Nathaniel Edward Davis compiles a list of things he pretends that he’s read. Allen Ginsberg. Check.

f. I’m a huge fan of this new wellness website aimed at men – OlderBeast. Check out the post on how to eat natural peanut butter. Love it!

g. Finally, I was thrilled to be featured over on Sixty and Me with a guest post on five signs that you need an encore career.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

White_House_DCOn occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere

a. Tired of hearing about everyone else’s New Year’s Resolutions? Me too. But I really liked this list of five ways to make positive change in 2017 from Next Avenue, especially #5: slow down.

b. And speaking of positive thinking, I’m thrilled to be a contributor to Thrive Global. Over the holidays, they featured two of my posts: one on five self-help books that changed my life and one on swimming (and adulthood!).

c. As we wind down the Obama presidency, check out this fascinating account of what it’s really like to work in the White House, by those who did it.

d. Whatever your politics, you will also want to watch a final address from Obama’s anger translator.

e. Wordsmiths will love this tool, the wordmapper, which tells you who says what (i.e., “supper” vs “dinner”) in which regions of the U.S.

f. And, finally, those of us who would not so secretly love to move to Scandanavia should all learn these Swedish words. My personal favorite? Ghosta.

Have a great weekend!

Image: The White House via Wikimedia Commons

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. As an ex-political scientist, I thought that this piece in Slate on what political scientists got wrong about the 2016 election was spot on.

b. I was thrilled to learn about Arianna Huffington’s latest business endeavor, Thrive Global, a new website chock full of motivational essays, apps, training tools and more, whose tagline – “More Than Living: Thriving” – sounds just right to me. I will be contributing to Thrive as a writer but today I’m sharing a post I absolutely loved about deep reading.

c. As someone who blogs about adulthood, I’ve long been a fan of the website Full Grown People, that rare beast which dares to tackle long form personal essays online. Here’s a fantastic essay about what online dating is really like and how it doesn’t always have to be a trainwreck.

d. And for lighter fare, The Conversation UK had a great write up of the 2016 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards.

e. Finally, borrowing from my day job, this year’s winners of the World Bank’s CGAP Photography awards, depicting financial inclusion across the globe are absolutely breathtaking. Do check out the one labelled “Always with a Mother.”

Have a lovely weekend and a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2017!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. I’m big on regret as a central theme of adulthood. Here’s a handy list of 15 things you’ll regret when you’re older. Learning a second language is a biggie for many of my friends.

b. And as a big believer in mindfulness, I really enjoyed this detailed, step-by-step instruction on how to prepare a cup of tea…mindfully.

c. If you’re into data visualizations – and sewers – I thought this historical trip through London’s sewers by The Guardian was amazing.

d. I’m a huge Leonard Cohen fan and loved this posthumous tribute to Leonard Cohen in The New York Times. Even better is Cohen’s acceptance speech upon finally winning a Grammy.

e. Finally, whatever your political preferences, you’ll enjoy this BBC’s round up of Biden and Obama memes about the Trump Presidency.

Have a fantastic weekend everybody!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of this week’s U.S. Presidential election, Thomas Mallon’s fictional take on 2016 in The New Yorker is, hand’s down, the best thing I’ve read about this electoral season.

b. Also on the election, The Financial Times had a superb piece on how to re-visualize the U.S. electoral map, while the New York Times had a fantastic rendering of what swing states look like from space.

c. For all my expat friends out there, here’s a great piece from Global Geneva on what it’s like to be a trailing spouse.

d. And while we’re on the subject of marriage, Bloomberg explores the economics of dining as a couple. Personally? I favor autarky.

e. Finally, I thought I’d end with 15 brutally honest illustrations that sum up adulthood. This week, #9 about how long it really takes to get to Friday, has particular resonance.

 

And on that note, Happy Friday! Have a great weekend…

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. If you’ve ever worried that you’re spending too much time on screens…you are. Read Andrew Sullivan’s confessions of an internet addict over on New York Magazine.

b. If you’re into podcasts, I can’t recommend Nicholas Quah’s newsletter, Hotpod – about trends in the industry -highly enough. Hugely informative but funny and thoughtful at the same time. A model for all of us.

c. For those of us (cough) who have firmly entered midlife, I was delighted to discover the online magazine, Next Avenue. Some great material there.

d. Another great resource for bloggers is Bad Redhead Media’s #Mondayblogs. I plan to participate this coming Monday on twitter.

e. Finally, if, like me, you like to swear, here are five fascinating facts about swearing on The Conversation.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. One of my favorite new (to me) websites is The Conversation, whose tagline “Academic Rigor, Journalist Flair” had me from “Hello.” Check out this fantastic post on why zebras aren’t like horses. (“They look like stripey horses so why can’t we ride them?”)

b. Another recent discovery is Better After 50, a website devoted to sharing real stories from women about life after 50. I was thrilled that they featured my recent post about the Brangelina divorce as well as one on friendship in adulthood.

c. If, like many of us, you’ve been pondering that whole Bob Dylan Nobel Prize thang, distinguished writer (and friend!) Naomi J. Williams has a hilarious blog imagining what would happen if we opened up all of the Nobel prizes to other disciplines.

d. On a more serious note, BBC Mundo has some absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking photos of the war in Colombia.

e. If you’re a Billy Joel fan (say it loud, friends) you will love this archive of interviews and performances with the pop star. Here he is talking about Piano Man. Sniff.

f. In the category of “Just For Fun,” here are famous art masterpieces revisioned with smartphones. Brilliant.

g. And finally, over on Slate, I give you the Dress Tent.

Have a fantastic weekend!