Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

February 11, 2011

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

1. Here’s a four year-old named Nina explaining the situation in Egypt.

2. Further to the ongoing discussion here and elsewhere about the future of journalism, here’s what The New York Times would look like if it became a content mill at search engine land.

3. While we’re at it, here’s Politico’s prize-winning comic Matt Wuerker’s take on the AOL-Huffpo merger at Fish Bowl DC.

4. Because you just might need it one day, have a look at this list of commonly used words and expressions in Yiddish. (I’ve always wondered how you spell “broche…”)

5. Finally, I really liked this thoughtful post by Nichole Bernier at Beyond The Margins about the effect of technology on fiction writers’ plot devices.

Have a great weekend!


Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

February 4, 2011

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

1. As we look ahead to what’s next for Egypt, I really liked this slideshow at Salon featuring different protesters in Cairo telling us why they are there.

2. Here’s a superb analysis by Paul Carr at TechCrunch of the difference between old and new journalism.

3. And speaking of journalism, here’s my latest at Politics Daily on Wikileaks and the future of journalism.

4. This fascinating (and funny!) video at the Brainiac blog on Boston.com explains the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and the Commonwealth. It should be required reading for anyone – including yours truly – who thinks they get this, but actually don’t.

5. Equally compelling is the BBC’s new project – Dimensions – which shows you the human scale of events and places in history by mapping them onto your home address. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

6. I loved this piece by my colleague Carla Baranaukas over at Politics Daily on hiring a personal assistant.

7. Finally, I’m not sure what it says about me that I really wish someone would give me these as a Christmas present next year…

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

January 28, 2011

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

1. I absolutely adored this video about Kafka’s fitness routine over at Slate by my colleague Sarah Wildman (with a little help from her Dad.)

2. Here’s a beautifully rendered essay by Lisa K. Friedman in the New York Times about the e-affair.

3. Writers near and far will instantly relate to the painful truths found over at Bo’s Cafe Life. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes.) I’m particularly fond of the entry on January 22nd.

4. And speaking of writing, you will also enjoy Victor Borge’s act, phonetic punctuation.

5. The Oatmeal never disappoints. Here’s another brilliant comic strip – this one entitled Why I Don’t Cook At Home.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

January 21, 2011

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

January 14, 2011

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

1. After the tragedy in Arizona last week, I thought that American comedian/talk show host Jon Stewart summed up everything I could possibly say or feel. Here’s a transcript of his opening monologue.

2. Over on the excellent Write To Done blog, here’s A. Victoria Mixon with an editor’s view of what it takes to be a good writer.

3. This is priceless. It’s a video of young children in Quebec trying to identify old gadgets at the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog.

4. I absolutely adore this blog – Hyperbole and a Half. Check out the Christmas post entitled “The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas.” If you like that, you’ll also want to see the video she made to Save the Huemul on You Tube. (Hat Tip: @JeffreyWeissPD)

5. Finally, as long as we’re watching awesome videos, do check out this old (but new to me) clip by British Comedian Eddie Izzard entitled Death Star Canteen. Truly Lol.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

January 8, 2011

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

1. I adored this post by Communicatrix on why we shouldn’t fetishize the New Year as a time for making change in our lives. (Appropriately titled “It’s Just Monday.”)

2. If you’re enjoying the WikiLeaks saga, you’ll love this post by John Lundberg at The Huffington Post on poetry inspired by WikiLeaks. (Be sure to also check out the original site.)

3. Journalists will laugh – and cringe – in equal measure at this spoof job posting on McSweeney’s. Yes, folks, it really is that bad.

4. I loved exploring the “What I’ve Learned” archive at Vanity Fair. You will definitely want to read the entries by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Aaron Sorkin. (Hat tip: Communicatrix)

5. Here’s a moving essay by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein over at Literary Mama discussing how a tragic event in her family ultimately inspired her to keep writing.

6. Finally – something for those of us with younger kids to look forward to one day: Patricia’s Wisdom on what it’s like when adult children come home.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

December 17, 2010

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

1. I was really moved by this beautiful account of a mother’s death by Ann Hulbert in The American Scholar.

2. This is fun:  the digital story of Nativity.

3. More Christmas fun: Ros Asquith gives us a tour of her Christmas cartoons for the Education page at the Guardian. Especially funny if you’re familiar with the British education system.

4. I won’t be in London for Christmas this year, so I really appreciated this walking tour of Christmas Lights in London over at ‘Cross the Pond.

5. Finally, if you are *still* hard pressed to find a Christmas gift for that special someone – and Tim Minchin didn’t do it for you – may I recommend my friend Laurie Gould’s CD – Domestic Bliss – over at Gould Tunes. When you visit, you can listen to her very latest tune, “Home For The Holidays.”

Have a great weekend!

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