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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For the Weekend

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

1. This is a really lovely tribute to Roger Ebert by Slate film critic Dana Stevens, written during her recent visit to Ebertfest.

2. I’m obsessed with how people talk at work, so I really enjoyed The Guardian’s 10 worst examples of management-speak. (My own fave of late is “direction of travel” as in “What’s the direction of travel on this project?”)

3. And speaking of writing, Alex Beam’s “Confessions of a Word Snob” is laugh-out-loud funny.

4. Fiction writers will also love this workshop-to-English dictionary over at Beyond the Margins.

5. Finally, are you an introvert or an extrovert? And are you really sure? Take this quiz over at Susan Cain’s blog, Quiet: The Power of Introverts.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I loved this novel take in the Chicago Reader on “having it all” by a single, child-free woman.

2. From Roger Ebert: a tribute to his wife, Chaz. So touching you can barely believe he really feels this way. But I bet he does.

3. Over on Gabion, Hugh Pearman provides the best take I’ve seen yet on London’s new architectural monstrosity: The Shard. Funny and insightful in equal measure. (Hat tip: Brainiac)

4. Have I told you lately how much I love Sandra Tsing Loh? Here she is on her weekly podcast The Loh Life talking about being on Facebook with her 12 year-old daughter. Be sure to listen to this first installment and then tune in to segments two and three.

5. Finally, for no reason whatsoever, here are 20 bizarre pictures drawn by kids over on Buzzfeed. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Here’s an absolutely fabulous interview between New York Times London correspondent, Sarah Lyall, and former BBC correspondent for America, Justin Webb, about the cultural differences across the two nations. Laugh out loud finny, but also quite insightful.

2. If, like me, you harbor a not-so-secret obsession with the Oscars, you’ll love this walk down memory lane with this year’s host, Billy Crystal, as they play back some clips from previous years.

3. And speaking of film, here’s the amazing Roger Ebert analyzing the powerful role of the sex drive in movies and in life.

4. And speaking of Roger Ebert, I got a huge kick out of these 1980’s outtakes from the Siskel and Ebert show. Man, were they harsh to one another.

5. Check out this way-cool video of what earth looks like from outer space on The Huffington Post.

6. Finally, my favorite viewing pleasure of the week. I give you: Catvertising. Enjoy!

 

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Five Reasons Not To Get An E-Reader

For my mother’s 79th birthday later this month, her four children are going to give her an e-reader. We have yet to decide which one to give her, but she’s very keen to join this trend.

As a frequent traveler, and avid reader, she finds that she’s always lugging 12 hard-cover books wherever she goes (often London to visit me!). So she’d like to lighten her load. Apparently, several of her friends already have e-readers and they are all thrilled with them.

I have mixed feelings about this present. On the one hand, as someone who — by her own admission — barely has running water and electricity, my mother is not exactly what you’d call techno-savvy. So there is a dragging-her-into-the-21st century quality to this gift, which, as someone who spends all day online, I welcome with open arms.

On the other hand, I’m also wary of the onslaught of e-readers. I worry about what happens to our society when we no longer read those great artifacts of the 20th century: books.

Read the rest of this post at www.PoliticsDaily.com

Image: 23/365 plus 1 [eReader] by The Hamster Factor  via flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. One of my colleagues at www.PoliticsDaily.com pointed me to this list of 15 ways to predict divorce over at The Daily Beast. Check out #15.

2. I absolutely adored this essay by Becky Tuch at Beyond the Margins where the author explains why she’s “breaking up” with Facebook. Priceless!

3. And speaking of Facebook, Ben Casnocha has a thoughtful meditation on youth, identity and social marketing.

4. As always, I’m in love with Roger Ebert’s Journal and especially this post where he launches a campaign for real movies.

5. As someone who writes a lot about her family, I confess that this post by Lisa Gornick about how to write about your kids on Christina Baker Kline’s blog really made me think twice.

6. Finally, another gem from Michelle Kerns’ Book Examiner blog at Examiner.com. This one lists 30 famous authors whose work was rejected. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes.)

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Here’s a really interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about why the “aging” of scientific research grants may impede creativity.

2. And while we’re on the topic of aging – according to the Los Angeles Times – the Tea Partiers are just a bunch of baby boomers longing for the 60s. Who knew?

3. I absolutely adored this homage to The New Yorker over on A Boat Against The Current. Who amongst us didn’t dream of the day the New Yorker would call? (Who am I kidding? Who amongst us *still* doesn’t dream…)

4. I’m now a regular over at Roger Ebert’s Journal on the SunTimes. Here’s a recent post he did on a visit to London (with many ref’s to my very own ‘hood.) It’s about writing…and walking…and, well, writing and walking. Fabulous.

5. If you’re into libraries, have a look at this article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about Joyce Carol Oates’ abiding love of libraries. While you’re at it, here’s an interview in Salon with Marilyn Johnson, the author of a new book on librarians entitled This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.

6. Finally, a dispatch from Fast Company on why it’s actually more productive to nap. Hallelujah!

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. Here’s a hilarious spoof of the Ipad (and Apple more generally) from The Onion.

2. And while we’re on the subject of technology, The New Republic also has a very funny piece on how middle aged people are being ruined by new media.

3. If you’re a wordsmith, you’ll love this piece from The Nieman Journalism Lab about words New York Times readers find difficult.

4. You’ll also love this video of a real, live calligrapher in The Guardian.

5. This feature on Roger Ebert in Esquire is amazing, as is his response to it in The Sun Times. (Hat Tip: Lisa Romeo Writes.)

6. Finally, here’s a piece I did on the evolving diplomatic row between the UK and Israel over the Hamas Assassination in Dubai in PoliticsDaily.com.

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Enjoy your weekend!

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