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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I loved the discussion over at A.V. Club of culture that represented adulthood – e.g. movies, TV shows etc. that meant “grown up” when the writers were young. Scrolling through the listings was like a walk down memory lane.

2. Tribal Writer had a post on the importance of being interesting that really got me thinking.

3. If you followed the whole Steven Slater/Jet Blue flight attendant saga as closely as I did, you will love Gawker’s list of other real-life, spectacular “I Quit!” stories.

4. I just stumbled across the website Five Books, where every day an eminent writer, thinker, academic, you name it lists their five favorite books within their speciality. Love it! (Hat tip: Very Short List)

5. Here’s a great story at Publishing Perspectives about an author who paid actresses to read her book and laugh as a marketing strategy. No joke. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes)

6. I adore Michael Kinsley. (If you haven’t read Please Don’t Remain Calm – a collection of his commentaries on the American political scene – it’s fantastic.) Here he is in The Atlantic giving out the aptly named Yawn Awards to the most boring articles of the year. (By chance, I happened to read one at breakfast today and laughed out loud in recognition.)

7. As a fellow expat, I fully appreciated Writer Abroad’s post on Ameropeans and other strange breeds.

8. Finally, and for no particular reason, have a look at Lizzie Skurnick’s list of letters (i.e. alphabetic) she’d consent to have sex with at The Awl.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1.Via the ever-amazing Very Short List, I came across this wonderful blog – Curious Pages – the self-described “recommended inappropriate books for kids.” My nine-year-old and I laughed our heads off.

2. I don’t think I’ve ever plugged Trend Central, a free web site featuring “relevant trends and cool social happenings of the day.” If you’re curious, check out this recent featured post on old-fashioned correspondence projects, as well as this one about online tools that track your sex life. I love the letter that turns into a plant. Talk about recycling!

3. And while we’re on the subject of correspondence, here’s a great design blog devoted to letterheads called letterheady. (Hat Tip, again: Very Short List.)

4. I absolutely adored Margaret Atwood’s homage to Twitter on the New York Review of Books Blog.

5. I also adored my colleague Lizzie Skurnick’s take on why Ivy League profs shouldn’t sleep with their students over on PoliticsDaily.com.

6. Finally, the week would not be complete without this hilarious and before-its-time rendering of the Ipad on Mad TV. Warning: Not for everyone.

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I will be off next week on holiday with my family in France. I look forward to catching up with you when I return!

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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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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Further to my earlier discussion of renting vs. buying a home, here’s a very sober account of the whole American home owning dream by Matt Bai in The New York Times.

2. And further to my ongoing obsession with libraries, here’s a piece from Salon on the death of the library book.

3. Writers will love this mock set of submission guidelines from The Rumpus (via Erika at the Practicing Writing blog.)

4. And while all you under-employed writers are at it, have a look at some of the day jobs held by famous writers over at Lapham’s Quarterly. (Hat Tip: @lizzieskurnick.)

5. In department of funny, enjoy the latest installment from Stuff White People Like on “picking their own fruit.”

6. Finally, from the indefatigable Kim and Jason on the Escape Adulthood blog, here are 20 signs that you are living life to the fullest.

Have a great weekend.

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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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