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Monday, June 2, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this June

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (6/17/2014)
by David Boies

Redeeming the Dream is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson—who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore—joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. As allies and not foes, they tell the fascinating story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this May.

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

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Insatiable Porn—A Love Story (5/2014)
By Asa Akira

Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her #1 bestselling series “Asa Akira Is Insatiable”. In Insatiable, Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. In a wry, conversational tone, she talks about her experiences shoplifting and doing drugs while in school, her relationship with other porn stars (she is married to one) and with the industry at large, and her beliefs about women and sexuality. Insatiable is filled with Akira’s unusual and often highly amusing anecdotes, including her visit to a New Hampshire sex shop run by a mother and son. In a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream, Akira is one of very few articulate voices writing from the inside. She something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this April

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this month

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

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NeuroLoveology: The Power To Mindful Love & Sex (4/8/2014)
by Ava Cadell

NeuroLoveology: The Power to Mindful Love & Sex explores how the brain processes attraction, relationships, conflict and sex. Each chapter will introduce the science and psychology behind the various elements of an adult romantic relationship while also including the tools to enhance that relationship, emotionally and sexually. There have been huge advances in the studies of neuroscience, which have given us an even greater understanding of the complicated ways in which the brain receives, accepts and transmits the millions of stimuli it encounters on a daily basis. One of the most fascinating aspects of these studies is the careful unraveling of the exact magic behind love and attraction.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The sexicographer, LaNette Robinson, on her Sex-tionary

A Q & A with LaNette Robinson on her self-published collection of sex terms and street slang: Sex-tionary

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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An email interview with LaNette Robinson on her self-published collection of sex terms and street slang: Sex-tionary.

Why did you put a picture of yourself on the cover of your sex-tionary?

I put a picture of me on the cover because a picture paints a thousand words. It's sexy, men love to look at sexy and pretty things and ladies love to be looked at. Putting a picture on the cover will get both sexes to want to open and see what is inside.

On the back cover, you describe sex as a gift from God. If God were to write a blurb endorsing this book, what do you think God would write?

Oh that is so funny. I think he would say, "Now that you have been turning your sex life up, I'm turning it down. I'm putting you guys on a weekend fast from SEX for 3 days and while you are fasting your assignment is to read the book SEX-tionary. When the 3 days are over go back to your SEX lives and report to me on how much better it was after reading this book. That is your homework".

Why are many of the words out of alphabetical order?

You want me to be honest. I wasn't thinking about doing that. I just really wanted to make sure they fell under the right letter. This way you can use the book for games, bridal and bachelor parties, a fun time with the guys and the girls. Or just fun reading to make you laugh when you are alone.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this March

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (3/11/2014)
by Melissa Gira Grant

In Playing the Whore, journalist Melissa Gira Grant turns these pieties on their head, arguing for an overhaul in the way we think about sex work. Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the “legitimate” economy only harms those who perform sexual labor. In Playing the Whore, sex workers’ demands, too long relegated to the margins, take center stage: sex work is work, and sex workers’ rights are human rights. @melissagira

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shy Love, the sexual strategist

The porn star turned CPA on how to use your sexuality to create success in business and love.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Sheelagh Blumberg's reflective nature was often mistaken for timidity when she entered the adult industry in 2003. This misreading became the basis of her porn persona: Shy Love. While many of her colleagues were distracted by Love's voracious performances on screen, Blumberg was quietly plotting her many business ventures behind the scenes.

Blumberg's body and mind are tuned to give her a long leg up in business and love. She used her background in porn, as well as her dual masters degrees and her Certified Public Accounting license, to start Adult Talent Management. Aside from building a profitable business, her goal was to represent women in a male-dominated field. Blumberg brought this same business savvy to her personal life. She eventually married the wealthy man of her dreams, whose mind and ambitions matched her own.

Using her porn pseudonym as a platform, Blumberg recently launched MoneyLoveSuccess.com. This site serves as a hub for her many writings on how to create success in the adult industry and in love. I recently had the chance to pick Blumberg's brain on the finer points of her three new books: How to Make Money in Adult Entertainment, How to Land a Rich Man, and How to Catch a Kitten.

When your half-sister Diamond Kitty was breaking into the adult industry, what advice did you give her that you didn’t give to other aspiring starlets?

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this February.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers) (2/4/2014)
by Daniel Jones

As the editor of a column about love in the New York Times, Daniel Jones has been privy to the deepest personal revelations of tens of thousands of strangers. Deluged with stories of scheming cheaters, hopeless romantics, racy texts, and fierce devotion, he has spent much of the past decade wading through love's muck and majesty—and has taken plenty of notes along the way. In Love Illuminated, he uses his unique perspective to tease apart life's most mystifying subject. Drawing from the 50,000 tales of love that have crossed his desk, Jones traces the arc of human relationships through ten phases, starting with the pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, and trust of new love, and then turning to the practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom of love matured. With empathy and wry humor, he takes readers on an enlightening journey through the highs, lows, and enduring unknowns of this universal experience that rattles the head and stirs the heart.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reading James Joyce's obscene love letters (video)

Joyce's "love letters" read more like the work of the Marquis De Sade than that of a master of English literature.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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James Joyce is considered a master of English literature, producing some of the most esoteric writing that literary scholars claim is amazing. However, there's one segment of Joyce's writing in which the author's imagination is easily accessible by normal readers: his letters. In a series of notes to his philistine wife, Nora Barnacle, Joyce's words are more comparable to that of the Marquis De Sade than a titan of the English language. While these "love letters" don't hold a candle to Shakespeare's sonnets on a literary scale, they are exponentially filthier and more entertaining. FunnyOrDie.com released a short video in which Martin Starr reads one of Joyce's letters in all of its obscene glory. In the brief note, Joyce reveals a fetish for panty sniffing, shit-stains, and anal sex.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this January.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 2:00 AM

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Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past (1/17/2014)
by Thomas A. Foster

Publisher's Description: Biographers, journalists, and satirists have long used the subject of sex to define the masculine character and political authority of America's Founding Fathers. Tracing these commentaries on the Revolutionary Era's major political figures, Foster shows how continual attempts to reveal the true character of these men instead exposes much more about Americans and American culture than about the Founders themselves. This book examines the remarkable and varied assessments of the intimate lives of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Gouverneur Morris from their own time to ours. Consider how Jefferson has been variously idealized as a chaste widower, condemned as a child molester, and recently celebrated as a multicultural hero. Foster considers the public and private images of these generally romanticized leaders to show how each generation uses them to reshape and reinforce American civic and national identity.

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