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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. For all of you wondering who wrote the anonymous novel “O” that’s got all of Washington abuzz, Christopher Beam at Slate did a hilarious parody of the book as written by assorted famous people.

2. Enough of the Chinese Tiger Mom, I say. Bring on the Chinese Dad. Here’s Eddie Haung telling his story at Salon.

3. I really enjoyed this post at Formerly Hot, which is all about things we realize we suck at as grown ups (but don’t care.)

4. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to check out Geek Dad’s list of 10 things grown ups should never have given up in Wired.

5. And as long as we’re making lists, here are 10 reasons your novel won’ t get published at Terrible Minds. Very funny. (Hat tip: There Are No Rules)

6. This is beautiful. It’s a short video called “A Year In 90 Seconds” that takes you through the seasons by Norwegian media consultant Eirik Solheim. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

7. Finally, here’s my post in Politics Daily about Pastor Terry Jones (of Koran-burning fame) being banned from the U.K.

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. Here’s an incredibly well-written account of what it’s like to live through an earthquake from Ben Casnocha, who’s living in Chile.

2. In the department of funny bits about aging, have a look at this post on The Ten Geekiest Ways to Hide Your Age at The Boomer Chronicles. While you’re at it, have a look as well at this thoughtful take on what The Partridge Family might look like 30 years on at Surviving Middle Aged Widowhood.

3. More funny. Sara in Vermont shows us a laugh-out-loud British comedy sketch about a writer pitching an idea to an agent. (Hat Tip: There Are No Rules.) And here’s a very funny four-second video at Formerly Hot designed for those of us who remain technologically challenged.

4. Further to last week’s recommended reading on libraries and librarians, here are some stunning photographs of 20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, as well as writer Bibi van der Zee’s take in The Guardian on what it’s like for a true bibliophile to go a week without books.

5. Finally, because sometimes you really can’t make this sh!$ up, here’s my post on PoliticsDaily.com today about the new condoms being designed for – gulp – 12 year olds.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I know it’s yesterday’s news, but I absolutely loved this send-up of the whole late night television wars in America on Boing Boing. Hint: it involves Ken Burns.

2. And in what *isn’t* yesterday’s news, here is The Guardian’s amazing video coverage of Haiti.

3. I enjoyed reading FormerlyHot’s take on what it’s like to talk about your job to a room full of six-year-olds.

4. According to a new study reported in The Daily Telegraph, midlife crises are a thing of the past. They’ve been replaced by midlife transitions. Gotta love that.

5. I don’t believe I’ve ever mentioned that my hands-down favorite film critic in the world is New York Magazine’s David Edelstein. Here he is ranting about people who have the nerve to text (oy!) during movies and here he is again penning a beautiful tribute to Miramax films.

6. Just noticed that today is the one year anniversary of RealDelia. Check out my very first post here. Thanks to all of you for dropping by and making this the most fulfilling part of my professional life. I’m having a blast!

Enjoy your weekend.

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Middle Aged Desire: Two Scenes and a Moral

Over the weekend, I had two encounters which prompted me to think about desire in middle age. Borrowing a page from the wonderful Formerly Hot, I thought I’d share them with you:

SCENE ONE:

Setting: Grim public library in London on rainy, Saturday afternoon. DELIA stands hunched over computer, desperately searching for CD of first Pirates of the Caribbean movie for son before daughter’s ballet class finishes. She is clad in loose-fitting long, dark Eddie Bauer-style winter parka, which she hasn’t bothered to take off because she is in such a hurry. She looks vaguely like a parking lot attendant, save the over-stuffed cloth bag from Daunt Books, which hangs precariously over one shoulder.

MAN of unknown age, face and ethnicity approaches neighboring computer terminal and also begins typing.

MAN (clearing throat): Um…is this the library catalog?

DELIA (not looking up): Yes.

MAN (noticing her accent): Oh! Are you American?

DELIA (still typing): Yes.

MAN: How long are you visiting for?

DELIA (distracted): I live here.

MAN: With your husband?

DELIA: Yes.

MAN flees.

Analysis:

My First Thought: Yay! I’ve still got it!

My Second Thought: Wait a minute…he never saw my face, I’m wearing a tent, and he basically only approached me because…I’m female.

My Third Thought: Gross.

SCENE TWO:

Setting: Camden Town restaurant where two middle-aged couples pour over the film Up In The Air, which they’ve just seen.

HUSBAND: Call me crazy, but I just don’t think Vera Farmiga is all that hot.

Analysis:

My First Thought: What is he smoking?

My Second Thought: Yay! My husband finds me more attractive than Vera Farmiga.

My Third Thought: What am *I* smoking?
Moral of Both Stories: There’s no accounting for taste.

Stay tuned for my thoughts on why Up In The Air is a really grown-up movie…

Image: Untitled by Jfer via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

This Friday (Whoops! It’s already Saturday! Where *did* the time go?) I point you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. I love how my PoliticsDaily colleague Lizzie Skurnick lays into the whole Daddy Lit memoir thang  in this piece in The Daily Beast.

2. I’ve noted Formerly Hot – the self-described “tween site for grownups” –¬† in this space before. Lately, I’ve really enjoyed how blogger Stephanie Dolgoff weaves together more thoughtful pieces on what it means to age (see here for some ruminations on Thanksgivings past) alongside some very funny observations about aging, like this one on the SunMaid Raisin Lady.

3. I loved this short but ever-so-spot-on analysis of The Six Warning Signs of Adulthood by TrueSlant’s Caitlin Kelly.

4. If you’ve ever been an academic or lived with one, you will laugh out loud at this rendering of what the peer review process was like cerca 1945. Courtesy of some of my *formerly* academic colleagues…(you know who you are!)

5. Two absolute gems via Practicing Writing: First, a digital image of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – replete with all its edits – which you are invited to scan and comment upon in The New York Times. Second, T.S. Eliot reading The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Bliss!

6. Finally, earlier in the week I posted on the new law in Switzerland banning minarets over on PoliticsDaily.com.

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