Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2011«

The Dirty Talk Of The Town: Profanity At “The New Yorker” | The Awl

June 27, 2011


via an impressive list of the first occurrences of classic profanities in the magazine’s pages. Also see:…

kaffe in katmandu // Fraction Factions

June 26, 2011


Read the poem on A poem I wrote two years ago that was just published on kaffe in katmandu, an arts/literature blog. Were I writing this poem now I would substitute the word “climaxing” for “ejaculating” since men without prostate glands do not ejaculate. When I fully recover from my prostate surgery I hope to […]

Seven Days in Rio | New York Journal of Books

June 26, 2011


“This ironic and absurdist highbrow little sex novel is a hoot. . . . Mr. Levy’s humor is dryer than Monty Python’s but no less funny, and he combines high and low culture in a particularly appealing way.” via  

Self-Confidence, Empathy May Make for Better Sex

June 20, 2011


Study of young American adults suggests a healthy psychological outlook boosts sexual satisfaction. Empathic people of both genders reach orgasm more frequently, and people with high self-esteem are more likely to enjoy performing oral sex. See also: via

An Addiction Expert Faces a Formidable Foe – Prescription Drugs –

June 15, 2011


It’s all in the dopamine.  An interview with the neuroscientist in charge of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who also happens to be the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky. via  

NY Times Science: From Hitler to Mother Teresa: 6 Degrees of Empathy

June 14, 2011


Dr. Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Cambridge and director of the university’s Autism Research Center, proposes that evil is more scientifically defined as an absence of empathy, exacerbated by negative environmental factors (usually parental, sometimes societal) and a genetic component. When these three exist in tandem they result in what […]

The new martyrs are the poets

June 7, 2011


Rus Bowden via “This April, Ayat al-Ghermezi (or Ayat al-Gormezi) was reported to have been raped and killed (http://poetryandpoetsinrag while in the custody of Bahraini forces. Bahrain is blaming the misinformation on Iran, but still and all, we find out that she is to come before a Bahrain military tribunal for reading poetry. This is […]

Quiz: How Green Is Your Life?

June 6, 2011


Your Life is 96% Green Your life is totally green, and as far as your environmental beliefs go… your actions do speak louder than your words. Your lifestyle totally serves as an inspiration to others. Whether you know it or not. So keep it up! How Green Is Your Life? Blogthings: We Have a Quiz […]

NY Times: Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan Sounds Alarms on Israel’s Leaders

June 3, 2011


“It’s not the Iranians or the Palestinians who are keeping Dagan awake at night but Israel’s leadership,” asserted Ari Shavit on the front page of Friday’s Haaretz newspaper. “He does not trust the judgment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak… He is afraid that Israel’s isolation will cause its leaders to […]

A Palestinian call to engage with the Jewish question

June 2, 2011


via Photo: Future president of Israel Chaim Weizmann and Emir Faisal of Greater Syria, 1918.  “We could continue to stick with what are considered the foundations of our perceptions of the self or the Jewish other. We could go on and call Zionism and Israel a considerable variety of names. But what we must to do […]