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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, I was really moved by these hand-written messages by survivors letting their loved ones know that they were safe.

2. At my new favorite webzine, Full Grown People, I absolutely adored this essay by editor Jennifer Niesslein on what it’s like to be in love with someone over the years: in this case, her husband.

3. Also about relationships – but this time the ones we leave behind – is the hilariously titled “The Sex Toys in the Attic” by Joyce Wadler in the New York Times’ Booming column.

4. Anyone who’s logged time in the US and the UK will appreciate Zadie Smith’s New Yorker blog on takeaway vs. takeout on both sides of the pond.

5. In lighter fare, writers will enjoy best halloween costumes for writers at Beyond The Margins. Personally? Huge fan of the Oxford comma….

6. Finally, social media geeks will love Shit Social Media in Radio.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Over on Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts blog, I came across this gem by the American comedian Louis C.K.  reflecting on the profound sadness lurking within us all.

2. Lindsey then did a beautiful job summing that feeling up over on her blog: A Design So Vast.

3. I’m a huge fan of the personal essay. (Duh). Herewith, 17 personal essays that will change your life.

4. And speaking of personal voice, this piece on Beyond the Margins about writing out of middle age was really inspiring.

5. Writers will also love 20 essential words we got from literature at The Huffington Post.

6. On the lighter side, I laughed out loud at Eliza Worthington’s rant at the (imposed) magazine subscription.

7. Also loved my friend Laurie’s tour through her inbox over at Midlife Mom Songs. NSA: take note!

8. Finally, just because, 20 sad Etsy boyfriends.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Fancy a picnic? I don’t. This article sums up precisely why I hate picnics.

2. I’m a big fan of daydreaming. Herewith, a How To Guide.

3. One of my favorite bloggers on writing and publishing – Jane Friedman – talks about how to build a platform. Funny *and* useful.

4. And speaking of writing, I absolutely loved this quite personal piece by Robin Black on writer’s block at Beyond the Margins.

5. What does your work space look like? Personally I’m going to aspire to E.B. White minimalist going forward. Check out 40 Inspiring Workspaces of the Famously Creative.

6. Finally, if you love London, you’ll enjoy this urban living photo competition judged by Zadie Smith at The Guardian.

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 was really sorry to miss Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, DC last week.  But I really enjoyed reading this recap of the rally by my colleague Melinda Henneberger over at Politics Daily, as well as watching this video montage of the rally, also at Politics Daily.

2. I was fascinated by this analysis of what your blog/Face book/Twitter profile picture says about you by Nichole Bernier at Beyond The Margins. According to the experts, I am “warm and approachable,” but I also desperately need you to like me.

3. Here’s a great meditation on why 80 is *not* the new 60 by poet  Judith Viorst at wowOwow.

4. And here’s a great post on 16 Things I’ve Learned About Being A Mother by Chris Jordan at Alphamom. Totally with her on the pen thing. (Hat Tip: Motherlode)

5. As a former academic, I laughed out loud at this animated video, “So you want to get a PhD in the Humanities?” Ouch.

6. Finally, in the Department of “Just Because,” check out this video of an octopus that can mimic other animals from the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog. SO COOL!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Ben Casnocha has a terrific analysis of what makes for a great interview. I couldn’t believe the Noam Chomsky interview he highlighted. Wow.

2. I adored this history of “the heckle” in the British House of Commons over at The Guardian. Bring back pecksniffian, I say! (And Joe Wilson, take note!)

3. I also really enjoyed Annabelle Gurwitch’s take on Al Gore’s J-Date Profile at The Huffington Post. I think it’s OK to start making Al Gore jokes again.

4. Writers will be inspired by this post at Beyond The Margins by Leslie Greffenius about what makes you a writer. (Teaser: there’s a reference to Madeleine L’Engle!)

5. I’m always bowled over by people who decide to follow their bliss at any age. So I was super-chuffed (speaking of Britishisms) to see that the mother of one of my childhood friends – Mary Ellen Murphy – has recently started a blog about reading. (This is in addition to her regular facebook postings about Russell Crowe.) Mary, what can I say? I salute you. Please, everybody, do swing by and visit Mary’s blog:  Reading.

6. Finally, for those who are interested in the BP debacle, I’m over on www.PoliticsDaily.com today talking about how President Obama’s whole “ass-kicking thing” is playing over in the U.K.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. One of my colleagues at www.PoliticsDaily.com pointed me to this list of 15 ways to predict divorce over at The Daily Beast. Check out #15.

2. I absolutely adored this essay by Becky Tuch at Beyond the Margins where the author explains why she’s “breaking up” with Facebook. Priceless!

3. And speaking of Facebook, Ben Casnocha has a thoughtful meditation on youth, identity and social marketing.

4. As always, I’m in love with Roger Ebert’s Journal and especially this post where he launches a campaign for real movies.

5. As someone who writes a lot about her family, I confess that this post by Lisa Gornick about how to write about your kids on Christina Baker Kline’s blog really made me think twice.

6. Finally, another gem from Michelle Kerns’ Book Examiner blog at Examiner.com. This one lists 30 famous authors whose work was rejected. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes.)

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. There’s another great essay over at the New York Times Modern Love column, this time by Stacy Morrison. It’s about a divorced couple who still spends a lot of time together.

2. And speaking of marriage, Book Snob (aka Katy Keim) tells us what her nightstand says about her marriage.

3. And speaking of book snobs, test out your knowledge of book review clichés with Michelle Kerns over on The Examiner. (Hat Tip: Salon’s Laura Miller.)

4. You’ll also want to check out the inside of some of David Foster Wallace’s books, on display at The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center. (Hat Tip: Kristin Bair O’Keeffe.) Wow!

5. I was intrigued by this article in the Boston Globe by Laurel Snyder about fairy tales and American childhood. (Hat Tip: @lizzieskurnick.)

6. Finally, my new favorite writers’ website: Beyond The Margins. Check it out!

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