“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.

Finally, Good News on Economy

This is great news for Pres. Obama and most importantly, the country and people who have been struggling trying to find employment for months.

December was the sixth straight month that 100,000 jobs were added, […]

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Michael Hastings on Obama and the Military

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Michael Hastings, the reporter whose story led to the sacking of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has done it again. Given us an inside […]

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Romney, Obama, Jobs and the Economy

To win in November, Republicans have to make the election a referendum on Pres. Obama, not a choice between him and the GOP nominee, which is still likely to be Gov. Romney. Proof […]

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The Recess Appointment that Should Have Been Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren explains above, back in 2010, what the consumer bureau she envisioned will do.

Considering Pres. Obama was forced to make a recess appointment in the end anyway, everyone should realize that […]

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Look Out Mitt, Newtmaggedon Catching On

Love him or hate him, Erick Erickson has captured the Republican zeitgeist of the season.

As you wake up this morning, the tea party has failed because it has surrendered itself into the hands […]

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Michele Bachmann Suspends Campaign

Breaking on CNN.

From CNN, earlier this morning:

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is suspending her campaign, a GOP source familiar with her plans told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Wednesday.

A Republican source familiar […]

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Mitt Wins Iowa, but the Story is Rick Santorum

Karl Rove said just after 2:00 p.m. eastern time, confirming through official GOP sources, that Mitt Romney will win the Iowa caucuses by 14 votes. However, the final total was 30,015 to 30,007, which […]

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If Romney Wins Iowa It’s Huge

UPDATE 1.4.12 (12:01): Rick Perry gives 1st concession speech of life. Not assessing gravity of back surgery & trying to run for presidency looms large.

UPDATE (10:54 pm): NBC News Predicts Ron Paul places 3rd. […]

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Santorum Surge and Alan Colmes’ Callousness

At Santorum’s first stop, in Polk City, the coffee shop’s maximum occupancy was listed as 49, but at least 200 filled the room and 100 more spilled into the street. In the media throng […]

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