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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 was really moved by this essay by Cristina Alger in the New York Times in which she remembers visiting her father’s office as a child.

2. I also loved the history of key design on Slate.

3. And speaking of design, check out 10 crazy and unusual book designs over at Flavorwire. Fab! (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes)

4. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you hit an egg with a baseball bat or explode a birthday cake, you’ll want to watch these video highlights from the Danish TV show Dumt & Farligt. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

5. If you enjoyed Texts from Hillary, you’ll also like Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan.

6. And if you want to smile, read today’s interview with the Bloggess on The Happiness Project.

 

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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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. In case you’re wondering why I’m hesitant to move back to the United States any time soon, take a look at this political ad against a woman running for Congress in California. Quite possibly the most offensive thing I’ve ever seen.

2. On the other hand, reasons to move back to the States? Bill Maher and Jane Lynch performing one of Anthony Weiner’s Facebook exchanges. Priceless. (Warning: strong language.)

3. And speaking of the (recently departed) Congressman, be sure and grab an anatomically correct Anthony Weiner doll while they last.

4. Funny and inspiring: a documentary about a Chicago comic with terminal cancer whose life-long quest is to appear on David Letterman. The title? Dying to do Letterman.

5. New Yorker lovers will love this promotional video about how the magazine puts together its Talk of the Town pieces.

6. Here is the ever-engaging Ali G talking animal rights (with a philosophical punch-line) over on the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog.

7. Finally, your week would not be complete without watching this You Tube video, Whole Foods Parking Lot. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

 

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. Nothing quite screams generation gap when it comes to Osama Bin Laden’s death as much as  this little screen shot over on Boing Boing.

2. I think we all know where I stand on the amazingly talented, barefooted piano-playing comedian Tim Minchin. Here’s his latest endeavor:  an animated movie of his 9-minute beat poem, Storm. LOVE him.

3. Looking for a great book to read or to give as a gift? The Guardian asked a bunch of British authors which books they most enjoyed getting/giving as a gift. Some really great ideas in here.

4. Here’s a clever idea for a blog: one man’s journey to tour Europe guided only by a 1963 copy of Arthur Frommer’s Europe on Five Dollars a Day. I give you Europe on Five Bad Ideas A Day.

5. Before you do anything else, please, please just have a look at Mapping Stereotypes. It made my day. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

6. And to end on a sad – but deeply moving – note, here’s Derek  Miller of Penmachine.com’s last blog post, written shortly before he died of cancer, and published upon his death. Amazing. (Hat Tip: Ben Casnocha)

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. I was delighted to discover the website Letters Of Note, which collects lost letters on just about everything. Check out the entry entitled Buttocks or Crotch and tell me if you aren’t hooked. (Hat Tip: The Happiness Project)

2. Via the ever-amazing Very Short List, I came across Welcome To Pinepoint, an Online scrap-book devoted to documenting someone’s home town that disappeared. Moving, entertaining and just plain Wow.

3. Math geeks, musicians and those of us somewhere in between will love this video featured over at Salon, in which musician Michael John Blake explains how he assigns numbers to notes and chords in order to play Pi up to 31 decimal places.

4. It’s hard to say exactly why the trailer for the French film Panique Au Village is so fantastic, but it is. Watch it.

5. And speaking of the French, a friend posted this Dinosaur Comic strip onto his Facebook Wall, which manages to be at once hilarious, profane *and* poke fun at the French.

6. Can’t wait to run out and buy some of the Royal Mail’s new stamp collection featuring famous wizards and enchanters, previewed here at the Guardian.

7. Oh God, how I miss Stephen Colbert! Here’s an excerpt of his show from Gawker, where he talks about becoming a Jew for Lent. Priceless!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

1. For all of you wondering who wrote the anonymous novel “O” that’s got all of Washington abuzz, Christopher Beam at Slate did a hilarious parody of the book as written by assorted famous people.

2. Enough of the Chinese Tiger Mom, I say. Bring on the Chinese Dad. Here’s Eddie Haung telling his story at Salon.

3. I really enjoyed this post at Formerly Hot, which is all about things we realize we suck at as grown ups (but don’t care.)

4. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to check out Geek Dad’s list of 10 things grown ups should never have given up in Wired.

5. And as long as we’re making lists, here are 10 reasons your novel won’ t get published at Terrible Minds. Very funny. (Hat tip: There Are No Rules)

6. This is beautiful. It’s a short video called “A Year In 90 Seconds” that takes you through the seasons by Norwegian media consultant Eirik Solheim. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

7. Finally, here’s my post in Politics Daily about Pastor Terry Jones (of Koran-burning fame) being banned from the U.K.

Have a great weekend!

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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. If you haven’t read it yet, an absolute must is Christopher Hitchens’ account of what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer in Vanity Fair.

2. You should also have a look at Jack Shafer’s unsolicited advice to Newsweek’s new owner, Sidney Harman, over at Slate.

3. I was fascinated by this discussion of nouns that become verbs (e.g. Google, Xerox) by Erin McKean in The Boston Globe.

4. If you’re a novelist and/or blogger, I’d highly recommend Janet Fitch’s 10 Rules for Writers in the Los Angeles Times as well as Larry Brooks’ account of what he learned about blogging by making mistakes over at Problogger. (Hat tip: Practicing Writing)

5. The Daily Telegraph takes a look at words that didn’t make it into the O.E.D. My personal fave? Polkadodge. Brilliant!

6. Here’s a great time sink for a lazy summer afternoon: Movie-A-Minute, offering super-condensed versions of famous movie plots. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading for the weekend:

1. As someone who writes for an Online magazine, I really enjoyed Gene Weingarten’s thoughtful (and amusing) take in the Washington Post on the challenges facing old-school journalists as they struggle to adapt to the *new* journalism.

2. I also laughed out loud at this interview with Stephen Colbert in the Online literary journal, Wag’s Revue. (While you’re there, be sure and look at Wag’s “about page.”)

3. What’s in a title? This post on what makes for a good novel title by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe really got me thinking.

4. Speaking of good titles, an excerpt of Stephanie Dolgoff’s soon-to-be released memoir My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches From Just The Other Side of Young is included in the current issue of Self magazine.

5. All writers will deeply appreciate this post on Novelists, Inc. about the top 10 things not to say to a writer. (Hat tip: Sarah Fain Has Starfish Envy.)

6. Finally, in the Department of “Just for fun,” try your hand at this fabulous website – Ultimate Flash Face – which lets you build your own Wanted poster. My nine year-old had a field day. (Hat tip: Very Short List.)

And, as always, be sure to follow me on Twitter, where I link to great things in the blogosphere all week long!

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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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