“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.

Republicans Wield Chimichanga Against Obama Camp

The chimichanga? It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos. – Dana Milbank

But not to fear, the RNC Latino brigade is here.

Jim Messina shouldn’t apologize. He should be […]

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The Rick Santorum Sexual Inquisition & Our Media Idiocy

Despite the deep divide between some religious leaders and government officials over contraceptives, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll found most voters support the new federal directive that health insurance plans provide coverage […]

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Jackie Kennedy’s American Valentine, 50 Years Ago Today

“All these people come to see the White House and they see practically nothing that dates back before 1948,” Mrs. Kennedy said in a September 1, 1961 interview with Hugh Sidey of Life magazine. […]

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Secy. Clinton’s Strength at State Seen in Obama Budget

Provides $51.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), an increase of 1.6 percent, or $0.8 billion over the 2012 enacted level when including Overseas […]

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It Could Be Worse

Clint Eastwood called it.

The Good Guys have won a couple.

I like it.

By Good Guys I mean the American people, which includes determined stiffs like Attorney General Beau Biden, then there is A.G. Eric […]

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Joe Scarborough’s Weird DM Twitter Rant Invades My Weekend

*updated below*

So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto.

It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high […]

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Another Big Obama Win, Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cut

House GOP leaders announced Monday they were putting forward a “backup plan” that would extend the payroll tax cut for ten months, while cleaving it from a similar extension of unemployment insurance benefits and […]

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Dem Lawmaker: Obama Budget Nervous Breakdown on Paper

**UPDATED**

“This budget is a nervous breakdown on paper,” said Cleaver during an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point” Monday morning. “We’re still in a recession, we’re still struggling. Unemployment is still too high,” he said. […]

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The Weekend Pres. Obama Gave Women Their Own Social Security

But the reality of life here is that Mr. Gulbranson and many of his neighbors continue to take as much help from the government as they can get. When pressed to choose between paying […]

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