Reading With ... Brett Singer of Daddy Tips

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Brett Singer
is a freelance writer and stay-at-home dad, not necessarily in that order. He writes about parenting for AOL ParentDish, Time Out NY Kids, and his own site, DaddyTips. He even has one of those Twitter accounts all the kids are crazy for, where he posts observations about everything from sports to his bald head, as well as the requisite self-promotion.

Brett recently appeared on CNN's Prime News to discuss the film Kick-Ass, where I believe he did indeed kick some ass.

When he isn't writing or trying to get his children to go to sleep, here are some of the word forms that he consumes.


The mags: 

I used to subscribe to dozens of magazines and buy even more at the newsstand. Now I'm down to one print subscription, The New Yorker, which is also the first magazine I subscribed to after graduating from college. I try to read at least the "Talk of the Town" and the movie reviews every week, especially the ones by Anthony Lane, who's that rare critic who can hate a movie I love but I won't care because he's a terrific writer. 

We also get the dead tree versions of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal delivered, but I'm finding that I prefer reading news online

Then there are the comic books. Every Wednesday I go to Midtown Comics to pick up my weekly stack. Some of the titles I read are Captain America, Thor, Batman, Teen Titans, Iron Man, Joe the Barbarian, and The Boys, among others.

My kids read Tiny Titans, Marvel Super Hero Squad and the Marvel Adventures series, which are all-ages stories featuring Spider-Man, Hulk, et al. We both like Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, although I think I like it more -- super-powered animals, what's not to like? 

On the web: 

I use Google Reader to skim through headlines; I appreciate sites like The Stir (thanks, Brett!) that put full articles in their RSS feeds instead of excerpts. 

I subscribe to more sites than I can get to regularly, but here's a sample of the ones I look at most often. 

My web reading falls into these categories:

-- Comic books/movies based on comic books/other nerdy stuff: io9, toplessrobot, Comics Worth Reading, ComicsAlliance

-- Parenting: The Stir, Jezebel, ParentDish, DaddyTypes, DadCentric, Thingamababy

-- Sports: Deadspin, FantastyGuru,, Yahoo! Sports

-- Technology: Engadget, Gizmodo, Wired, Android Central

-- News and politics: The New York Times, Raw Story, Hendrik Hertzberg,

-- Entertainment and media: BuzzMachine (Jeff Jarvis, brilliant commentator on journalism and all matters digital), The AV Club (full disclosure -- I write for them sometimes, but I read it long before that), Gonze, Newser's Off the Grid.


I recently discovered Star Trek books, which for me are like romance novels -- I should be ashamed to admit that I read them, but I like them enough that I don't care.

I just read Star Trek Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire by David Mack, which I thought had several parallels with the Obama Administration. (It's too complicated to explain in writing; I'm planning to start a podcast next week and will expound upon it there.) The best Star Trek novel I've read so far is The Captain's Daughter by Peter David, one of my favorite comic book writers. It's about Sulu having a kid. If that sentence intrigues you, get this book. 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is one of the best books I've read in years. It's impossible to put down. Although technically a mystery novel, there's a lot more going on in it than just a good story. Highly recommended. 

Through an Android app called Aldiko, I've been reading lots of public domain science fiction on my new Droid cell phone. Recent titles include Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Doctorow is one of the founders of BoingBoing; he makes all of his novels available via a Creative Commons license, which means anyone can download and read them for free -- very cool), 2 B R O 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost by HG Wells. 

Read more Brett Singer at DaddyTips, or follow him on Twitter @brettsinger.

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