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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. If you do one thing this week, please listen to this amazing radio documentary on gang violence in American high schools on Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life. (Hat tip: Lisa Belkin)

2. And speaking of violence, my daughter pointed to me to this video by a couple of young girls called Letter to Lil Wayne.

3. I loved Cecilia’s honest and refreshing take on Valentine’s Day over on her fabulous Only You blog.

4. My husband – along with millions of other people – is currently obsessed with Susan Cain’s best-selling Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Here’s a recent interview Susan did about the book in the famous Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

5. Over on Bookish, check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s dissenting take on Philip Roth’s view of why the writing life isn’t worth it. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes)

6. Tech Page One gives some useful (and hilarious) advice for those of us trying to decide whether to text, email or just send smoke signals.

7. Finally, just because: the world’s largest library of natural sounds. Oh, c’mon. Admit it. You’ve always wanted to know what  a Wilson’s snipe sounds like… (Hat tip: Brainiac)


Have a great weekend, folks!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Apologies if you have not been getting your normal updates from the blog this week. I’ve been having trouble with the feed and am working to resolve this problem. I appreciate your patience.


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

1. Apropos of the burgeoning Herman Cain sex scandal, my colleague Melinda Henneberger offers a detailed account in the Washington Post of the sexual harassment that she, several of our colleagues and random women off of the street have encountered throughout their working lives. It’s why, as she argues, sexual harassment is a ‘real issue’, not something to get past so that we can move on to what really counts. Amen.

2. Proving that he truly is one of the strangest – and funniest – guys out there, here’s a replay of John Hodgman’s speech at the 2008 TED conference, entitled “Aliens, Love – Where Are They?” (Hat tip: Quiet: The Power of Introverts)

3. Surprisingly moving: The New York Times’ Philip Galanes explains why he became a gossip columnist.

4. This American Life fans will adore the Ira Glass Sex Tape which appeared in The Village Voice. Remarkably credible!

5. I was absolutely mesmerized by the Museum of Obsolete Objects. Be sure to check out the entry on the mouse! (Hat tip: Very Short List.)

6. In response to my post earlier this week about why I envy atheists, a friendly reader sent me The Atheist Song by Steve Martin. This is why I love blogging. Thanks, Alex!

7. Finally, your week would not be complete with out a quick peek at this extremely strange German fellow who apparently does not like the term “Daddy Long Legs.’ Kindly drop whatever you’re doing and have a look-see.



Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. We begin this week with J.K. Rowling’s wonderful commencement speech at Harvard University about the fringe benefits of failure. (Hat tip: Quiet: The Power of Introverts)

2. This meditation on the tragedy in Norway by one of its most famous authors absolutely slayed me.

3. Russell Brand’s tribute to Amy Winehouse was also deeply moving and keenly observed.

4. Over on Buzz Feed, check out 60 Awesome Portraits of Gay Couples Just Married in New York State. As my friend Sharon Hyman put it, if no. 12 doesn’t make you support gay marriage, you might just fail the sociopath test.

5. I loved Jessica Roake’s deconstruction of Thomas The Tank Engine as a thinly-veiled pro-imperialist treatise over on Slate.

6. Mike T. has a lovely analysis of the quintessential American-ness of the Chautauqua Institution on his blog, A Boat Against The Current.

7. Check out Lil Chase’s Top 10 Unwords at The Guardian. Snozzberry, anyone?


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 is an absolutely harrowing, first-person video of the Japanese tsunami. It is almost unwatchable. (Hat tip: @donnatrussell)

2. As I indicated several weeks back, Politics Daily – my (other) Online home for the past two years – has gone dark. Here is our amazing Editor-in-Chief, Melinda Henneberger, in what’s quite possibly the classiest send-off I’ve ever read.

3. And while we’re eulogizing Politics Daily, I loved this behind-the-scenes look by Nate Grady at what was like to be a comment moderator on our political blog.

4. A friend of mine has started a new blog about parenting, expat living and all-around mindfulness called Inhale To Prepare. Here’s one of her debut posts where she applies what she learns from watching her 11-month old explore the world to how we approach the mundane tasks of everyday life. I don’t think I’ll ever floss the same way again.

5. Another new blog out there worth visiting is Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power Of Introverts. I’m definitely *not* an introvert but I enjoy reading Susan’s meditations on this topic.

6. I read a lot of freelance writing blogs, but few are as consistently useful as Michelle Rafter’s Word Count. If you’re a freelance writer (or wannabe) this one is a must.

7. Finally, in the Department of Just Because, here’s a really cool video over at the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog explaining  how sounds get made for movies. Love it!

Have a great weekend.