Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:
1. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to visit a nudist camp (for the record, I haven’t, but now I do), have a look at Emily Yoffe’s account of her vacation at a nudist camp in Slate.
2. If you’ve ever used an internet dating service, you will love Paul Rudnick’s hilarious satire in The New Yorker about www.settlingdownward.com. (Note: subscription may be required to view this post.)
3. And while we’re on the subject of dating, OKCupid has compiled some trends you’ll want to have a look at called The *Real* Stuff White People Like, where they analyze things different ethnic groups like in the United States (by gender). (Sidebar: If you haven’t visited the original Stuff White People Like, do that first.)
4. Here’s a delightfully funny video review of Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom by Washington Post book critic Ron Charles.
5. I would now like to ask you to drop whatever you’re doing and watch this video of the weirdest (and most disturbing) political speech EVER over on Gawker. (Non-American readers: see what you’re missing?)
6. In a more serious political vein, I’ve been absolutely riveted by Jeffrey Goldberg’s series in The Atlantic about his recent meetings with Fidel Castro. Read the first installment here.