“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.

China and Russia Block U.N. Action on Syria

Thirty years after his father massacred tens of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women, and children in Hama, Bashar al-Assad has demonstrated a similar disdain for human life and dignity. […] Every government has […]

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Mitt Romney Minute: Roll that Gafferiffic Footage

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

Mitt Romney has had his share of gaffes that are giving the Democrats the ammo needed to possibly destroy any hope he has of getting elected president. Gaffes become stories when they fit the narrative and the narrative is Mitt is a rich insensitive guy who does not get it.

What are some of his greatest hits that have become damning for him? Ah, memory lane so far (and I”˜m probably missing a few along the way):

“Corporations are people my friend.”- Uh yeah: […]

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Queer Talk: HRC Honors Goldman Sachs, Queer Occupiers cry “Help”

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

UPDATED AT END

It’s the time of the year when the annual Human Rights Campaign “galas” kick-off, taking place in cities across the nation […]

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Dash of Dan: Super Bowl Bars

 

Pretzels? Check.

Caramel? Check.

Chocolate? Check.

Peanuts? Check.

I have devised the ultimate super bowl bar. It takes all the fan favorites and familiars, and meshes them together in the ultimate bar.

Touchdown!

Recipe:

2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter                                       3/4 cup […]

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Political Junky Friday, Hosted by TCM & The Movies

One of the most important cultural links you’ll need this month: The schedule of Turner Classic Movies leading up to The Oscars.

I’ve been a fan of films since I was a little girl dreaming […]

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Romney Gets Even for New York Times Story

A GOP campaign operative who won plaudits for bolstering Mitt Romney’s recent debate performances is not being retained by the frontrunner’s campaign, an apparent victim of internal tensions over staff receiving too much credit […]

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Komen Caves? Not Really.

**UPDATED**

“We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” the group said. “We will continue to fund existing grants, […]

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Economic News Buoys Obama, as Israel & Iran Chatter Grows

The pace of job creation surged in January, with the US economy generating 243,000 new positions while the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, according to government data released Friday. – CNBC

This is fantastic […]

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Susan G. Komen Puts Romney’s ‘Not Concerned About the Poor’ In Perfect Context

The decision, made in December, caused an uproar inside Komen. Three sources told me that the organization’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board’s decision to cut […]

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