“A writer is someone who is interested in all the arts, in politics, and of course the psychology of people. Someone passionate about everything.”
– Susan Sontag, Radio France Interview (“Regarding Susan Sontag,” from HBO)

An excerpt from the latest book by Taylor Marsh:

…It’s one thing to want a traditional relationship in the old-fashioned sense of the word. That type of traditional relationship often doesn’t make room for a woman who has her own life and career going for her, too. If you’re self-employed, you have a better chance of juggling everything, but if not, some careers are very competitive, and women have to sacrifice a lot to have them, including time with their children. It’s also not like the workplace is a friendly place for women who still have most of the responsibilities at home. This can often mean the man has to pick up the slack and be graceful while doing it. The woman still sacrifices a lot for her choice to have a marriage, children and a career, which some people describe as “having it all.” […] …The age issue is critical, because in American society it’s seen as gross to hear or have a discussion about older women and men being sexually active. There is almost a cultural lust for media reports and storylines that celebrate hot, young passion. That two people over fifty would be using erotic movies, sex toys and fashion to excite one another has been traditionally seen as unseemly. Sex once was thought to be unimportant for women over fifty, which is likely why so many men over fifty were starting second families. […]

Podcast: Book introduction audio and commentary of "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Podcast: Introductory book audio reading, with commentary, from The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen – Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

International Women’s Day, Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher

**updated**

The 2012 theme of International Women’s Day is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.” But when you look at what’s been playing in politics the last week or so in the U.S., you’d be smart […]

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Who’s Going to Educate Mitt Romney Ronald Reagan Not Reponsible for Iran Hostage Release?

“I believe the right course is what Ronald Reagan called peace through strength. There’s a reason why the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was […]

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Kaptur Beats Kucinich, Will Face ‘Joe the Plumber’

**Correction Appended**

After Kaptur beat Kucinich, “Joe the Plumber” will now face the veteran Democrat in the fall. – Politico

The man Barack Obama made famous in 2008 (see the video above), who became the bane […]

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FLASHBACK: Obama Joins Protest at Harvard

**updated below**

This is fantastic footage licensed by BuzzFeed.

As President of the Harvard Law Review in the spring of his final year there, 1991, he aligned himself with Professor Derrick Bell’s dramatic protest for diversity […]

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TRENDING: Invisible Children, Joseph Kony and the LRA

A little-known American charity dedicated to helping victims of African conflict has scored a public relations coup. Invisible Children’s new 30-minute Kony 2012 video, directed by Jason Russell, has been viewed over 440,000 times […]

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47 Years Since Bloody Sunday in Selma

It happened on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

“The first 10 or 20 Negroes were swept to the ground screaming, arms and legs flying and packs and bags went skittering across the grassy […]

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Mitt Romney on CNBC’s Squawk Box: Tax Plan ‘Can’t Be Scored’

Now we know why Ann Romney doesn’t consider herself wealthy.

When asked about his tax plan on Squawk Box by Becky Quick, Romney gave a peculiar answer.

“It can’t be scored because those details are […]

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For Erick Erickson, Reality Sucks

It’s Romney and he’s coming to grips with it uneasily.

He will be the nominee having lost the South, Appalachia, evangelicals, conservatives, and blue collar voters. He will go into the general election deeply distrusted […]

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Romney Squeezes Out a Win in Ohio

“To be perfectly honest with you, and candid, not being political, I will answer your question, I will let you know I voted for the cheerful one, Newt Gingrich,” Palin told Fox News early […]

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