“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.

The GOP Fight Continues, But Some Things Never Change

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I hit quite a few nerves in the piece I wrote, “The Party’s Over,” on Sunday. In progressive quarters, it was retweeted by many, while I heard from quite a few prominent progressives. The […]

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Call Iowa, Win My Book – LAST CALL!

The Republican caucus in Iowa is headed for a photo finish, with the three leading contenders all within two points of each other. Ron Paul is at 20%, Mitt Romney at 19%, and Rick […]

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The Party’s Over

There’s a reason Obama reelect doesn’t have a slogan.

All they’ve got is a question: Are you in?

Symbolic of this problem is what happened to Elizabeth Warren when her rise was met […]

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No Wonder People Support Ron Paul

He huffed and he puffed, then Barack Obama did what he always does, he signed conservative legislation. The NDAA is now law of the land.

The head of the Democratic Party believes indefinite detention for […]

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Virginia’s A.G. Cuccineli Intervenes in GOP Primary Dispute

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Political tango, anyone?

Maybe Newt can quit crying now. The last straw embarrassment that revealed his campaign wasn’t all that is about to be fixed.

Rick Perry already filed a law suit, […]

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From Self-Proclaimed Nominee to Loser

“I can’t do modern politics.” – Newt Gingrich (reported by Howard Fineman)

There’s the video of Newt’s moment, but when Mark Halperin floated the picture above on Twitter it captured to me the resignation that […]

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Progressive Notes: Recall over NDAA, Best Progressives of 2011, and Other Doings

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

The Nation’s John Nichols has been writing on the Occupy Iowa Caucus efforts and had this to say about Progressive Democrats of America and other […]

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Bachmann’s Fantastic Flameout

Romney drew the support of 23 percent of likely caucus-goers in Iowa “” identified based on interest, chance of voting and past participation “” ahead of Paul, at 21 percent. They are followed by […]

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Barack Obama, the Sane Republican

The quote to end the year comes from Cenk Uygur in a piece that’s worth a read.

I am “uncommitted” toward Obama. I’m uncommitted from supporting a guy that has walked all over our […]

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