Somerset Maugham: Cakes and Ale

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This week Jesse Kornbluth is revisiting some of the culture that influenced him as I wrote “Married Sex.” Perhaps the greatest was Somerset Maugham, who was, for a time, the world’s highest paid writer. There was a good reason: He wrote in the first person, like someone talking to a friend. In “Cakes and Ale,” Maugham not only does that, he doesn’t condemn a woman for liking sex. Three cheers for all of that.

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book about food, family, and Morris Wizenberg’s father.

Boiling Point

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book that lays down the truth about climate change.

The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales from Adam and Eve to Zoloft

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book on marriage that covers it all.

Does God Like Gay People Better Than Straight People?

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With his new book, Author Mel White paints a chilling, but uplifting picture of the ethereal struggle for love and acceptance in the real world fight for equality and justice.

A Gay Dad On the 2 Books You Need to Read to Understand the Path of LGBT Family Equality Yesterday and Tomorrow

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Rob Watson reviews new books by Barney Frank and Michelangelo Signorile. Together he finds them to be almost biblical in how they bridge the chronicle of family equality, the civil rights movement of our time.

Night Life: A Thriller

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We may not always been impressed, but when we are, we take it as far as it can go.

I Left It On the Mountain

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews the incredible memoir of a former meth addict, an HIV positive man, and a survivor of life’s trials.

Only One Sentence David Carr Wrote Was BS

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RIP David Carr (1956-2015)

Ready Steady Shoot: A Pro’s Guide to Smartphone Video

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The Do’s and Don’ts of the next generation of videographers

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

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In his book, Taylor Branch goes deep into what it was like to live in the age of the Dr. himself.

Setting the Table: Hospitality Is When the Other Person Is On Your Side

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews Danny Meyer’s new book and has one bit of advice for you: “Eat his words.”

Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate!: Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting

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Chrisitan Toto reviews Dr. Deborah Gilboa’s newest book.

Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection

Three years. Five continents. One motorcycle.

Why did Allan Karl sell nearly everything he owned, pack up, and travel the world for three years – alone – on a motorcycle?

Why Not? How To Use Everyday Ingenuity To Solve Problems Big And Small

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Jesse Kornbluth reviews a new book that details a few new life-hacks.

The Last Taxi Ride: A Talk With A.X. Ahmad About His Sensual Thriller

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A.X. Ahmad talks about writing, how he created a fast-moving thriller that was so sensually descriptive, surprise endings–and of course, some thoughts on being a good (or not so good) man.