“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:

…This is the heart of infidelity – physical lust and longing that are separate from love. Having the ability to live in the eye of passion blocking all else out, not allowing the complications of feelings and emotions to enter the arena of desire. Nothing exists but two human animals finding their way to erotic release. Carnality can catch you up in its vortex where you find yourself doing things you never dreamed of before. Sexual acts of unbounded moral lethality or unlimited imagination can take you over a pleasure cliff you never knew existed, and over which you feel you have no control. When an affair is moored in the physical alone, no earthly responsibilities attached, the escape works like a narcotic. It becomes an obsession, and is equally as deadly as any drug. […]

Chris Christie is Good for Romney

I’m just not seeing the offense. An “offensive oral sex joke”?

Over at Slate, Torie Bosch is incensed by Gov. Chris Christie’s banter with hecklers yelling at him “Christie kills jobs.” She works overtime […]

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Independents at Record Levels for Good Reason

The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point. […]

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Pres. Bill Clinton on Occupy

In the Republican debates this weekend, not one question was asked about Occupy, which is typical, because neither big two parties represent the 99% anymore, though Democrats at least make a show of it.

From […]

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Attacks on Mitt Romney Fizzle Out Quickly, Media Remains Part of the Story

Mitt Romney suggested in today’s debate that only rich people should run for office, and then quickly celebrated the fact that he’d forced a rival to take out a loan against his house. Romney […]

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Debate Overload, New Hampshire Edition

Mitt Romney should have done this debate via Skype – Twitter

Last night’s ABC debate reviews are bizarre to read, because no one but Mitt Romney deserved a grade above C-. The other guys […]

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Newtmageddon Fizzle

UPDATE (11:01 p.m.): Mitt Romney stood with his hands in his pockets all night, because everyone on stage thinks Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment applies only to frontrunners. He wasn’t touched. Romney was […]

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Obama & Democratic Party Pick Right-to-Work Over Labor

TM NOTE: Art Pronin wrote “Progressive Notes” in 2011. This year I’ve asked him to take a look at Democratic and progressive support for the reelection of Pres. Obama, versus the policies actually implemented […]

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Queer Talk: I really don’t want to talk about Rick Santorum …

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

Apparently it’s Rick Santorum’s turn for extra added attention in the GOP wannabe race. And he’s making the most / worst of the […]

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Dash of Dan: Glazed Orange Chocolate Madeleines


Being in Paris for the holiday, I came across quite a few different foods, but my eyes always turned to the sweets.

I had plenty of French pastries, but I didn’t have any madeleines while […]

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