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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For the Weekend

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

1. This is a really lovely tribute to Roger Ebert by Slate film critic Dana Stevens, written during her recent visit to Ebertfest.

2. I’m obsessed with how people talk at work, so I really enjoyed The Guardian’s 10 worst examples of management-speak. (My own fave of late is “direction of travel” as in “What’s the direction of travel on this project?”)

3. And speaking of writing, Alex Beam’s “Confessions of a Word Snob” is laugh-out-loud funny.

4. Fiction writers will also love this workshop-to-English dictionary over at Beyond the Margins.

5. Finally, are you an introvert or an extrovert? And are you really sure? Take this quiz over at Susan Cain’s blog, Quiet: The Power of Introverts.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a fascinating, plausible account in the New York Review of Books for why former IMF Chairman Dominique Strauss Kahn may well have been set up on charges of rape in a New York hotel room earlier this year. (And here’s the BBC’s well-reasoned rejoinder.)

2. As always, I loved Alex Beam’s arch take-down of the Royal Family in the Boston Globe. He may be the only person on the planet who is actually sympathetic to Prince Philip.

3. I enjoyed thumbing through Time Magazine’s list of 12 things we buy in a bad economy. Doughnuts, anyone?

4. Anna Breslow’s scathing review of Jeffrey Eugenide’s new novel, The Marriage Plot, on The Hairpin is laugh-out-loud funny.

5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more apt rendering of Thanksgiving anywhere. Thank you, Oatmeal. (P.S. Check out Aunt Milga’s boobs!)

6. And speaking of the holidays, the 27 worst Nativity Sets (the annual, growing list) on whyismarko is absolutely priceless. (I personally think that #34 is meant to be a placenta, but maybe that’s just me.)

7. Finally, best gift idea ever? Wire fans, eat your heart out…

 

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. In case you didn’t get to see it live, here’s a running commentary of Oprah Winfrey’s last television show by Guardian writer Kira Cochrane. LOL funny. (Read from the bottom up.)

2. Not to be out done, the Boston Globe’s Alex Beam weighs in with his own curmudgeonly take on the daytime television superstar.

3. On a more upbeat note, author Wally Lamb tells his Oprah story. An inspirational tale for all writers.

4. Also moving is writer Tim Johnston’s account in Salon of what happened when he was plucked from obscurity by author/humorist David Sedaris. (Side note: I am seeing Sedaris live tonight!)

5. Love, love, love this story of how Nicola Morgan – of Help! I Need A Publisher! fame – created yesterday’s #1 trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #lessinterestingbooks. Read the post and join in the fun!

6. Finally, because I like to read sad books, I was naturally drawn to this list of ten devastatingly sad books (of which I’ve of course already read 2/3!) (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes)

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I always love reading Katy Keim’s suggestions over at Book Snob. This week, she had a terrific post on why we all need to read that “Great American Novel” Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

2.  What would Ayn Rand do? Here’s some deliciously wry child-rearing advice from Eric Hague over at McSweeneys.

3. If you’re in need of a laugh, have a look at The Onion’s spot on the new, FDA-approved depressant drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful.

4. Also sure to bring a smile is Alex Beam’s rant against (pretty much all) drivers in The Boston Globe.

5. Bibliophiles will adore  Save The Words, a website that allows you to adopt words that risk being dropped from the English language. (Snollygoster, anyone?) (Hat tip: Mary Murphy’s Reading blog)

6. Finally, for those who are interested, here’s a post I did earlier this week for Politics Daily on 10 Reasons To Lift The Cuba Embargo.

I will be doing a staycation in London next week with the kids. I’ll see you all on the other side of August (sometimes known as September!)

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. In light of ongoing attention to the Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain, here’s a little video gem from The Guardian about other paintings Barack Obama and David Cameron might have exchanged.

2. The International Herald Tribune recently ran two fabulous op-eds on what it’s like to travel in this day and age. Click here for Alex Beam’s glorious taxonomy of Americans abroad. And here’s Bob Greene explaining what hotel gift bags tell us about our obsession with sleep.

3. The ever-reliable Nicola Morgan of Help! I Need A Publisher! Fame pointed me to this post by A. Victoria Mixon, Editor about six personality types who will succeed as writers.

4. One of my favorite British bloggers, Jennifer Howze – (whom some will know as the founding blogger of the Times On Line’s Alpha Mummy blog) – has launched her own blog. Please stop by and visit Jenography, a blog about “kids, London life and the world beyond.”

5. Finally, in the department of weird things you must see, please check out the new tattooed LEGOs over at Bit Rebels.

6. You will also want to take in country flags made from that country’s favorite foods at Good blog. (Hat tip: Communicatrix)

As always, please do follow me on Twitter.

Have a nice weekend!

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