Weekend Punch: For your reading pleasure
We may have been short on working days this week but the world still spun its crazy turns, people. Here’s what we wrote about.
We had cool. One Dimension took Sydney and the hearts and minds of our tweeenagers by storm. And as Dan discovered, we can blame some of it on science. While Hilary Clinton took military jet, “I’m queen of the world” chic to a new level by endorsing this tongue-in-cheek blog, Tory Maguire suggested Ms Gillard take her style cues from the enduringly awesome Secretary of State.
We had faith. Starting with Tory Shepherd tackling Cardinal George Pell’s assertion that atheists would also go to heaven. And Reverend Alistair Macrae gave us a comforting insight into the church’s ongoing challenge to reach out to the community.
We had hi-tech with the Facebook purchase of Instagram for a cool $US1bn. All the more reason to hate them, said Simon Crear. And low-tech when Lucy gave us a reading list for prison inmates.
And here’s some cool stuff that we didn’t write about but grabbed our attention.
- Tory M recommends Ashley Judd’s 1500 word essay for The Daily Beast.
“A lot of people moan about body image and judgement but Ashley Judd brings an academic analysis to her first hand experience of being unfairly judged by her looks. She’s as smart as she is gorgeous”
- Tory Shepherd got stuck into Cracked.com’s 6 Most Frequently Quoted Bullshit Statistics.
“Anyone who loves lists loves Cracked. I love lists and I love debunking stuff so a debunking list - such as “the six most frequently quoted bullshit statistics” was always going to be a winner.”
- Dan loved The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s take on Hilary Clinton’s state of cool.
“Dowd is an excellent writer who’s been covering the Clinton’s since before Monica crashed their party. She’s certainly got a way with words.”
- And Lucy favourited this Newsweek piece Love Among the Ruins in Bosnia, by Charlotte Eagar.
“This week marked the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo. Back then Eagar was a young journo and war correspondent and she retraces her foosteps in this piece. I have a personal fascination with this part of the world and loved the way she writes about it.”
Ant was on holidays, so he is excused. For now.
What was the best thing you read this week?
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