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The Best of Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Love and Sex

Friday, April 18, 2014

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photo via Wiki Commons Colombian novelist and¬†Nobel laureate¬†Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez died yesterday at the very respectable — but still heartbreaking, to his fans everywhere — age of 87. He is irreplaceable as a writer. In addition to bringing magical realism to the masses, he practically invented a new language for talking about love and sex [...]

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10 Things We Didn’t Know About Dr. Ruth

Monday, December 2, 2013

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Photo via Dr.Ruth.com The article in the New York Times‘ Real Estate section this past weekend about Dr. Ruth’s three-bedroom apartment in Washington Heights proved her home to be exactly the sort of kooky, over-cluttered place that we’d expect from an 85-year-old, four-foot-seven woman who talks about sex for a living. But here are ten [...]

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Kinky Poem of the Week: The World’s Guide to Beginning

Monday, July 8, 2013

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You may recall that a month or so back, we were in New York City to receive an IPPY Award¬†for our latest book, 150 Shades of Play: A Beginner’s Guide to Kink. While there, we met¬†¬†Marty McConnell, silver medalist in the poetry category for her collection¬†Wine for a Shotgun. When the poetry winners were each [...]

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What We’re Reading: “Her” by Christa Parravani

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Even if Christa Parravani wasn’t a friend of ours, we would be insisting that you check out her brand new memoir Her. It’s the heartbreaking, beautiful, compelling, and ultimately uplifting story of what happens when someone loses their identical twin. After Christa’s sister Cara was brutally raped at age 24 and a few years later [...]

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Fifty Shades Parody Tells of Dungeons… and Dragons

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is on sale now The web is littered with Fifty Shades of Grey parodies, but we think that “Fanny Merkin” (a.k.a. Andrew Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love) is the first one to get out a book-length parody. Yes, he wrote an entire novel that’s pretty much [...]

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Significant Objects Book Tells Stories About Thrift Store Junk

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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A few weeks back — in a¬†post about how clutter can be as big an issue¬†in relationships as money or sex — we mentioned a forthcoming¬†book,¬†Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Everything. Well, the book just came out yesterday! So we’d like to tell you a little¬†more about it. Significant Objects began its life on [...]

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Do Spoiled Children Grow Up to Be Bad Sex Partners?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Is it possible that bad parenting could lead to bad sex? Could spoiled and selfish kids grow up to be spoiled and selfish bed partners? A recent¬†article and book review¬†in The New Yorker, “Why are American kids so spoiled?” got us thinking along these lines. The basic question that journalist Elizabeth Kolbert wants to answer [...]

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Is Sex Impossible to Capture on Paper?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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To quote Woody Allen, “Pizza is a lot like sex. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.” Writer John Banville (he won the Booker Prize for his awesomely beautiful and lyrical novel The Sea back in 2005) would agree. And he goes one step further, saying that because of [...]

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What We Talk About When We Talk About “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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This may be sacrilege to say, but we can’t seem to muster any interest in reading the new, best-selling erotica novel that everyone’s talking about, Fifty Shades of Grey. After all, even the author admits that it’s not that good! For SM erotica, we’d rather stick with a classic like Story of O. Yeah, yeah, [...]

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What If Your Sex Ed Teacher Wanted You to Enjoy Sex?

Monday, November 28, 2011

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photo via NYTimes.com We were big fans of Laurie Abraham’s even before she stopped by our book club recently and drank red wine with us while we interrogated her about her book, The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples’ Therapy Group. She’s a smart and thoughtful (and funny) writer [...]

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