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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I loved this hanukkah post by my colleague Annie Groer at Politics Daily.

2. Another marvellous instalment in the “So You Want To…” video series. Here’s So You Want To Write A Novel over at Laraine Herring’s blog. Ouch! (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes)

3. I’ve always been amazed – and edified – by Mike T’s blog, A Boat Against The Current, where he features daily cultural updates from “this day in history.” Here’s Mike’s tribute to Woody Allen, who turned 75 this week.

4. As someone who firmly believes that we need to normalize divorce within mainstream cultural discourse, I was pleased to see this painful and moving poem about divorce by Ginger Andrews featured at Your Daily Poem. (Hat Tip: Practicing Writing)

5. Bloggers and Twitter-users alike will love Shady URL, where you type in a URL and it shrinks to…well, something quite strange indeed. Try it. Guaranteed to give a smile.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. As someone who blogs about adulthood, I really liked Jacob Weisberg’s analysis in Slate of what’s wrong with American politics right now. (Answer: The voters haven’t grown up.)

2. I absolutely adored Kate Harding’s paean to the LRB personals ads in Salon. Her own two ads are laugh-out-loud funny. And while I’m at it, allow me to plug my good friend Paul Reizin’s memoir of how he met his wife through a personals ad: Date Expectations: One Man’s Voyage Through The Lonely Hearts.

3. With all the gloomy talk of marriage lately (and the real-life implosion of several high profile marriages…I mention no names!), it was heartening to read this account of what makes for a successful long-term marriage in The Wall Street Journal. You gotta love an article that includes the Carters (as in Jimmy and Rosalyn) and the  Osbournes (as in Sharon and Ozzy) under one tent.

4. Here’s a thoughtful piece by author Dani Shapiro in The Los Angeles Times about how publishing has overtaken writing as a goal for writers these days.

5. Finally, I was delighted to discover (via Practicing Writing) this new (to me) blog about the adventures of an expatriate writer called Writer Abroad. For obvious reasons, I was particularly taken with this post on how one can become addicted to living abroad.

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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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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I liked Jacob Weisberg’s thoughtful piece in Slate on the demise of intellectually serious Conservatism and why that’s bad for the Right and the Left.

2. I absolutely loved this story in the Washington Post about a world-class violinist who tries to get people to stop and – literally – hear the music in a subway station. Be sure you look at the videos and read the piece.

3. Here’s a great essay that all writers should read about that eternal tension between writing and “the day job.” (Hat Tip: Practicing Writing.)

4. This is a great article by Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir about why he and his wife chose to home school their children and the judgments they faced from other parents. It’s a must-read for anyone who’s a parent.

5. Finally, in case you thought we were done with sex scandals, here’s my take on the latest one to emerge…from France.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

This Friday I direct you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. I got a huge kick out of this Q and A with an economist at the Financial Times – Tim Harford – weighing in on topics like why people aren’t having more sex. Check it out! And while you’re at it, check out Joshua Gans’ (another economist!) blog about parenting, Game Theorist: Blog. Fun stuff!

2. As a writer, I love stories of perseverance and second acts. Here’s a compelling story about novelist Erica Eisdorfer finally getting noticed when she joins a novel competition and (nearly) wins. (Hat Tip: Practicing Writing.) And here’s another one about essayist Kerry Herlihy who landed a big scoop in last week’s NYT Modern Love column, where she wrote about her birth mother. (Hat Tip: Lisa Romeo Writes). Bravo, ladies!

3. If you want to catch up on British politics, here are my contributions to PoliticsDaily.com this week on torture, health care and…health care again! The Brits are really P.O.’d that the Americans are slamming the NHS in their health care debates and have begun to fight back…do have a look!

4. Finally, and just for fun, here’s the Guardian’s slide show of art hotels from around the world. Kinda makes you want to take a holiday…

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