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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading for the Weekend

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

1. Before I moved to the UK three years ago, I’d never read The London Review of Books. Like its cousin on the other side of the Atlantic – The New York Review of Books – it just seemed too daunting a task to squish into my overly-crowded week. But then a friend gave me a gift subscription and I started to read it. Sure, it has its share of slightly-too-long reviews of books you’ve never heard of. But it also has some real gems that are well worth the effort. In last week’s issue, I was especially taken with Andrew O’Hagan’s analysis of car culture in America, as well as Jonathan Raban’s expat take on the expenses scandal roiling British parliament.

2. I am a HUGE fan of writer/performance artist/radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh. (Never read Mother On Fire? Get thee to a bookstore!) So I was saddened to read her account of her divorce in this month’s Atlantic, which is at times funny, moving and just plain sad. Read Salon’s Amy Benfer’s thoughtful piece on why Loh’s fans will really take this split to heart.

3. Lest Loh’s article inclines you to give up entirely on marriage or long-term partnership, have a look at Emily Yoffe’s brutally honest but uplifting essay about her husband’s first wife in Double X.

4. Finally, I was delighted to happen upon this blog – The Frugal Chariot – which highlights the author’s favorite books, music, films and plays. Just eyeballing the selections, I know he’ll have some good pix for me.

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