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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

a. One of my favorite new (to me) websites is The Conversation, whose tagline “Academic Rigor, Journalist Flair” had me from “Hello.” Check out this fantastic post on why zebras aren’t like horses. (“They look like stripey horses so why can’t we ride them?”)

b. Another recent discovery is Better After 50, a website devoted to sharing real stories from women about life after 50. I was thrilled that they featured my recent post about the Brangelina divorce as well as one on friendship in adulthood.

c. If, like many of us, you’ve been pondering that whole Bob Dylan Nobel Prize thang, distinguished writer (and friend!) Naomi J. Williams has a hilarious blog imagining what would happen if we opened up all of the Nobel prizes to other disciplines.

d. On a more serious note, BBC Mundo has some absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking photos of the war in Colombia.

e. If you’re a Billy Joel fan (say it loud, friends) you will love this archive of interviews and performances with the pop star. Here he is talking about Piano Man. Sniff.

f. In the category of “Just For Fun,” here are famous art masterpieces revisioned with smartphones. Brilliant.

g. And finally, over on Slate, I give you the Dress Tent.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I spent all morning listening to this riveting interview between New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich and Stephen Sondheim about the composer’s life. Sondheim is smart, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny. Best thing I’ve heard in ages.

2. I’ve had several friends who lost their children to terminal illnesses. Here’s a beautiful and sad essay by Emily Rapp in the New York Times about parenting a child whom you know is going to die.

3. Over on Emptyage, there’s a wonderful send-up of Gen X cynicism about the current recession.

4. Naomi J. Williams has a terrific analysis of my new favorite television show, appropriately titled Occupy Downton Abbey.

5. I’m afraid this one cuts a bit too close to the bone. In the ever-hilarious, “So You Want…” series, I give you “So You Want To Write A Novel.” Ouch. (Hat tip: @donnatrussell)

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Here’s a fabulous video over on the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog of Christopher Hitchens and assorted others debating the afterlife. Very funny.

2. Also worth viewing is Stephen Colbert’s commencement speech at Northwestern on Gawker.

3. On a more serious note, Paul Krugman tells us about five books that inspired him to be a liberal economist at The Browser.

4. For my money, the best piece I’ve seen on the whole Go The F**k to Sleep love-in was written by Amy Sohn at Babble.com.

5. I really liked my friend Naomi J. Williams’ take on how a bicycle journey to the farmer’s market caused her to re-assess her whole life.

6. Finally, in the Department of WTF?, the website, Literally Unbelievable, examines Facebook posts by people who took the Onion seriously.

 

Have a great weekend!