“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.

Democracy Alliance Ousts Progressive Shakers

It doesn’t get any more inside political baseball than this, but it’s a hard hit for movement progressives and activists, some of whom have been serious movers and shakers.

Ryan Grimm reporting:

The groups […]

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Olympia Snowe Retirement Starts Rumor Mill Rolling

“Mitt Romney winning closely in his home state is like Charlie Sheen barely winning a primary in a Hooters.” – Paul Begala (via CBS “Morning Show”)

The day of Mitt Romney’s Michigan squeaker, Olympia Snowe […]

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Santorum: ‘That’s What Bullies Do, When You Hit Them Back They Whine’

**updated below**
CNN Projects Romney Wins Michigan

The Dow hit 13,000 today.

That’s not good for the Republicans, but listening to Ari Fleischer talk tonight on CNN about a “down economy” you’d never know it even happened.

It’s […]

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Obama: ‘Looking Out For One Another, That’s A Value’

Video compliments of TPM.

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Rick Santorum Regrets

“I wish I had that particular line back,” Santorum said Tuesday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show. – The Hill

People who are ready and equipped for the national spotlight, but also understand America, not just […]

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Mitt Romney ‘Not willing to light my hair on fire’ for Support

Worst of all, there is no clear end in sight for what has become, in the eyes of many Republicans, a joyless and prolonged nomination fight. Even Romney victories in Michigan and Arizona, the […]

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Michigan is All the Marbles for Mitt

Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano has taken it upon himself to become a leading mischief maker. DiSano says he targeted nearly 50,000 Democratic voters in Michigan through email and a robo call to their […]

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Pakistan’s ‘Saving Face’ Wins, Oscar Loses

“Tonight, enjoy yourselves, because nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.” – Billy Crystal

The problems with Oscar have nothing to do […]

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“The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine”

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.

The headline is the title of a recently released book by Media Matters, written by David Brock (also MM founder) and Ari Rabin-Havt. […]

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