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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Over on The Browser, Hassan Abbas picks five books you should read on reform in Pakistan.

2. No one does snark quite like Slate’s Jack Shafer. Here’s a round-up he did of what journalists said when they quit their jobs or got fired.

3. A new take on Weiner-gate. A journalist with the same last name, Eric Weiner, laments the damage done to all Weiners near and far.

4. Love this poem in The New Yorker inspired by Sarah Palin’s somewhat unusual interpretation of the American Revolution.

5. Finally, here’s a beautiful time-elapse video of thunderclouds forming and dissipating at the Brainiac blog on the Boston Globe.


Have a great weekend!

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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