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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

 

1. The Freakonomics blog has a Q and A with political economist Tim Groseclose about his new book on media bias, Left Turn. Fascinating.

2. Love this post by Erin McKean in The Boston Globe Ideas section on collecting new words.

3. Writers will also enjoy Becky Tuch’s list of 200 questions writers ask themselves before lunch at Beyond The Margins. Sounds about right to me.

4. As she pursues her goal of raising $50,000 in fifty days to help support the Los Angeles non-profit WriteGirl, Communicatrix serenades us with a (dirty) song. Warning: Not Suitable For Work.

5. Scary Mommy tells us what search terms people have been using to find her blog. Hilarious. (Hat tip: @clevertitleTK)

6. Finally, after the week we’ve just had in London, I think we all need to hit this magic button.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Sorry to be a party-pooper, but I couldn’t help but lead off with my own Scrooge-like take on all the royal wedding coverage over here in the U.K. at www.PoliticsDaily.com.

2. After the British government announced that it would be collecting data on the subjective well-being of its citizens earlier this week, The Guardian’s Tim Dowling came up with some sample questions.

3. Here’s the marvellous Gretchen Rubin over on The Huffington Post with 9 zany assignments to break up your ordinary routine. I *love* the idea of talking for 15 minutes without using the words “I” or “me.” (Good blogging advice too!)

4. Also love, love, love this cartoon at The Oatmeal about what it’s like to work from home, especially the bit about its effect on relationships.

5. Take a look at Erin McKean’s insightful piece in The Boston Globe about what phrases like “I hate to tell you” really mean.

6. Finally, the week wouldn’t be complete without this hilarious piece by Brittany Hunt at The Miscellany News about how to date a Women’s Studies major. (Hat tip: Salon Broadsheet)

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. If you haven’t read it yet, an absolute must is Christopher Hitchens’ account of what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer in Vanity Fair.

2. You should also have a look at Jack Shafer’s unsolicited advice to Newsweek’s new owner, Sidney Harman, over at Slate.

3. I was fascinated by this discussion of nouns that become verbs (e.g. Google, Xerox) by Erin McKean in The Boston Globe.

4. If you’re a novelist and/or blogger, I’d highly recommend Janet Fitch’s 10 Rules for Writers in the Los Angeles Times as well as Larry Brooks’ account of what he learned about blogging by making mistakes over at Problogger. (Hat tip: Practicing Writing)

5. The Daily Telegraph takes a look at words that didn’t make it into the O.E.D. My personal fave? Polkadodge. Brilliant!

6. Here’s a great time sink for a lazy summer afternoon: Movie-A-Minute, offering super-condensed versions of famous movie plots. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

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