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Monday, April 26, 2010
I'm delighted to learn that I'm a finalist in this year's Erotic Awards! It's a benefit for Outsiders, a club for disabled people founded by the great Tuppy Owens.

Some of my fellow finalists are: Pye Jakobsen and Thierry Schaffauser (in the Sex Worker category), Dr Michael Goodyear (Academic), Dr Petra Boynton (Blog) and Lib-Dem Chris Davies (Politician) who has accused the UK government of making up its 'sex trafficking' statistics. You can read about the other Erotic Finalists here.

Award winners will be announced this Friday at Night of the Senses. The first prize is a golden flying phallus hand-carved for the occasion in Bali - currently held by Lib Dem Baroness Sue Miller (for Politician of the Year 2009)

If you're in London, you still have time to get a ticket. It's going to be an amazing night! Read about it here.

Monday update 4/26: I started a Twitter list for all Erotic Award finalists who tweet. If you know anyone who should be on this list, send the info to OR visit TracyQuanNYC

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Watch This Space

I'll be making some changes here in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the Asylum.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
The view from my desk



Corner office

Corner view

I've tamed the cable beast!

In case you don't believe me?

Via Dullowowza

You can't be too thin...


Monday, April 12, 2010
Audio Archives: Making sex-ed a crime

On Friday, Wisconsin State Rep. Tamara Grigsby spoke to Alan Colmes about her battle with a district attorney who is threatening to prosecute sex-ed teachers. The discussion was kind of amazing. You can read more about this here, on Alan's website.


Sunday, April 04, 2010
It ain't over 'til the fallen lady sings...

Happy Eastertide 2010 (and a few notes about one of my favorite operas)

Audio streaming here.

Massenet's 1873 opera, Marie-Magdeleine, celebrates the pin-up girl (and fallen woman) who was the first witness to the Resurrection. Today, Easter Sunday, is indeed her special day.

Marie-Magdeleine was a hit show, even in the US. (The tunes are excellent: listen here.) But after the First World War, for most of the 20th century, this lovely opera was forgotten. Musical entertainment based on the gospel, huge at one time, went into decline.

Massenet's OTHER opera about a fallen woman, Manon, is more well-known, and ends with a prostitute’s tragic death. Marie-Magdeleine brings better news: Christianity's most famous prostitute, very much alive, announcing the Resurrection.

Enjoy the music - and the good news.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010
Headline News?

Perhaps the most amusing thing I've read in awhile: Anti-Government Militia Arrestees All Request A Public Defender

Seriously, though. Every government needs to be criticized often - and reigned in. Sex workers know this better than many people. But you can't be an effective anti-authoritarian if you (a) don't understand the meaning of the words you use and (b) spend too much time reading the last... book... of the Bible.


Saturday, March 27, 2010
New Audio: Borscht Belt Review of Books

Just did this interview with Catskill Review of Books, hosted by Ian Williams, for WJFF. Here's the audio.

Mary Magdalene in Manhattan; Nancy Chan in Provence; Margaret Thatcher on our minds. Listen to the MP3, courtesy of Catskill Review and WJFF.

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Friday, March 26, 2010
BBC Woman's Hour: On the new laws affecting the sex indy

Thursday,25 March 2010

From the BBC:
Changes in the law will affect prostitution and the licensing of lap dancing clubs in England and Wales. Cari Mitchell from the English Collective of Prostitutes and Anna Van Heeswijk from Object debate the impact of the legislation... Listen here

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Just back from the MSNBC studio where I had this exchange with David Shuster & Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America. Concerned about what, you ask? Good question!

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Saturday, March 06, 2010
The GFE Through the Ages: Pretty Woman at 20

In my latest column at, it's Pretty Woman - the biggest grossing movie of 1990 - versus The Girlfriend Experience, a low-budget film about a high-priced call girl.

In Pretty Woman, a streetwalker becomes an economic reformer, showing a corporate raider the error of his ways. The Girlfriend Experience, set during the 2008 financial crisis, has no room for that kind of idealism.

I talked to Jessie Abraham, a Darwin escort with an intriguing mission at She has surprising things to say about relationships - and about Cheri, in which Michelle Pfeiffer plays the part of fictional courtesan Lea de Lonval. The comment section is open for business! I hope you'll respond.

ABC Unleashed: Still a Pretty Woman?

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Agony Aunts Then and Now: Available for three more days, free audio

A lively conversation between Irma Kurtz and Simone Bienne. Do have a listen. My jaw drops when Irma talks about a woman of 20 berated by her husband for depriving him of the RIGHT to deflower a virgin!

And I suddenly remember my first grade teacher berating my mom - for committing the unpardonable sin of teaching a child to read. Depriving her of what she saw as her specific duty or right, as a teacher of six-year-olds. A year later, we moved into town because my rents felt that something was a bit off about the school system in this particular suburb.

But I digress. Three days left to listen.


Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Today Is International Sex Worker Rights Day!

Today, Boston salutes its "escorts and prostitutes." Audacia just said that's not inclusive enough. Still, it's great to have a SWOP chapter in Boston. You can visit their new blog here.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Kristin Davis: More appropriate than ever!

On Monday, I woke at an ungodly hour, to attend a morning news conference at the Roosevelt Hotel. It was traumatic but worth it! Kristin Davis, the New York madam who was arrested for running an escort agency during the Eliot Spitzer scandal, says she supplied him with call girls for five years—when he was attorney general and when he was governor of New York. (Not to mention his abusive record, busting escort agencies and promoting anti-customer laws.)

Now she's campaigning as an independent for his former job. The timing is noteworthy because Spitzer is rumored to be considering a return to electoral politics.

I enjoyed meeting Kristin's campaign team, including communications director Andrew (pictured, in a black newsie.)

Kristin isn't the first sex worker to run for political office. I interviewed Thierry Schaffauser (Liste des Verts, Paris) and US activist Norma Jean Almodovar (Libertarian Party), in addition to Kristin. Read about it here:

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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Morning Brew: New York 10:10pm tonight aka Hong Kong 11:10am

Tracy will be on the radio at 11:10 am Hong Kong time, Monday, 1 March. You can listen online here or wait for the archive if you miss the show. She'll be discussing her Daily Beast column about the rigors of sex worker romance.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Should You Give Up Your Day Job for a Man?

We hate to admit this, but for quite a few of us ladies it's easy to get all hot and bothered when the man we love resents our work. It makes us feel like the star of our own private, x-rated soap opera.

And we're more forgiving than we might be if we worked in, say, a bank or a department store. In fact, we would regard any man who resents his wife/girlfriend working at a bank as an abusive, scary nutter. Men who don't think women should work are out of step in mainstream Western life.

But an exception is made for men who love women in the sex industry.

Adult-film actress Joslyn James (aka Veronica Siwik-Daniels) says she stopped working because her alleged lover, Tiger Woods, was "very jealous." She has a high profile lawyer and, quite possibly, a valid claim. You can watch the video and read my latest Daily Beast column here.

I'd love to know what you think! Would you quit turning tricks/making films for a guy? Is this a problem for male sex workers? Or is it just the girls who fall for this line? Write to

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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Audio Archives: In the beginning

Now that Tiger Woods has done a public apology and we can all get on with our lives, here's the interview I did with Phil Whelan on Radio 3 HK: Sex, race and golf in early December.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Godz R Silly: Reactions to my Guardian column*

Dear TQ:

The reality is religion has had a stranglehold on the collective unconscious of humanity for far too long. This recent surge of atheism is not only welcome but overdue. But with that rise we have to deal with people like you, muttering that we should respect those beliefs and I say no. Gods are silly things and they should be called out as such. Religions are stuffed to their collective gills with much that is, as Douglas Adams once said; apocryphal if not wildly inaccurate. Why should that be axiomatically respected?

- Guardian Reader

* Sorry about the delay on this one! I had every intention of publishing it on arrival. It's one of my favorites.

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Monday, February 15, 2010
It's That Time of Year Again!

Happy new year, especially if you're a Tiger. Even if you're not, may the fearful symmetry be with you.


Sunday, February 14, 2010
Words to live by... and I have.

Randy Roberts Live

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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Audio Archives: St Valentine's Eve

If you missed the V-day broadcast, you can listen here.

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Friday, February 12, 2010
My Valentine's Day Broadcast: Listen live or read the column


...your romance goes kablooey right before Valentine's Day forgot to tell your sugardaddy you're engaged - or, worse, married!'re cheating on your wife - with a man're waiting until March to break up because you can't say NO to one more expensive present

If it's complicated, this one's for you:

Reduce the damage you've been courting all year and turn your personal entanglements, dubious choices, into an asset this weekend. My new Daily Beast column is here.

I'll be on Radio 3 shortly after 11 pm in New York, high noon in Hong Kong, about 8 hours from now. You can listen live at

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Audio Archives: What's kinky about a recession?

I was going to add this to my archives on December 8, 2009.

But the Tiger Woods scandal interrupted everybody's life - and I totally forgot. Mid-upload, I just got totally distracted by the demands of the scandal machine. And we all know you cannot argue with a machine.

Well, Tiger is less of a burning issue now, but we're still in a recession. Today (surprised?) this interview from February 2009 sounds more current than Tiger's love life, but we knew that was going to happen, didn't we? Listen here.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

New Audio: Tracy talks to Phil Whelan on Radio 3 Hong Kong's Morning Brew

Part 1: What we're learning from Ashley Dupre about the legacy of Mandy Rice-Davies, Monica Lewinsky and other notable survivors. Click here to listen.

Part 2: What every parent should know! Click here to listen.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ominous Obituary Edits

It's curiously touching to think of Louis Auchincloss and Howard Zinn dying within 24 hours of each other. They were both preoccupied with class, in different ways.

Whilst reading the Times obit for Auchincloss, this tasty morsel caught my eye:
' Some critics compared him with other modern novelists of manners like John O'Hara and J. P. Marquand. In an essay in The Nation in 1960, Mr. Auchincloss said both O'Hara and Marquand had illusions about the resiliency and endurance of American social classes and hierarchies. O'Hara wrote him, saying: "You obviously have not read all my novels, and I have not read one of yours. I don't know anything about your importance as a lawyer, but in my league you are a still a batboy, and 43 is pretty old for a batboy." Over the years Mr. Auchincloss would send his reviews to O'Hara with a cover letter signed, "Batboy." O'Hara was not amused. '
One of my best friends is an O'Hara fanatic. So much so that a passing reference to O'Hara in a recent Katie Roiphe essay transformed Katie's piece into an essay about O'Hara. Which it never was, but never mind. We had a long argument about O'Hara. I "won" through the use of pre-emptive empathic reasoning (which is more like pre-emptive war than you'd think.) "You obviously wish they had commissioned a piece about John O'Hara," I said, and we were friends again.

ANYWAY. Dig this spookiness. I read about the O'Chinclossness (see above) a few hours ago. I went back to retrieve the relevant passage for Charlie from the Times and IT WAS GONE. DISAPPEARED. Very frustrating.

I'm a competent enough human search engine, so I did a diligent search of the obit (same link, different text) and of the Times website. Then I googled more creatively. Behold! A page called (appropriately enough) alt.obituaries. Thank you, alt-people, for grabbing the original. Harumph.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

News of the Day

The New York Society Library now...has... a blog for member writers. Questions? Contact Carolyn Waters, the Writer Services Librarian at

I'll be on the radio tonight discussing my latest Guardian column. Listen live at 11:10 pm New York time. Radio 3 Hong Kong "Morning Brew" with Phil Whelan. Go to

(Now that Bobbi Davis has begun recruiting males and reaching out to lady customers, will the sky fall in?? Nevada can be a surprisingly conservative state.)

The latest Guardian column is at

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What's normal in New York yet controversial in Nevada?

George Flint, a lobbyist for Nevada's licensed brothel owners, has been vocal about one madam's decision to hire male sex workers. While I don't agree with his tactics or his arguments, I sympathize with his intent - which is to keep legal brothels legal.

The whiggish view of prostitution law has been proven wrong too many times. Sexual attitudes do have a tendency to zig-zag. Progress is not permanent, and decriminalization is only part of the story. In Taipei, licensed prostitutes were REcriminalized by politicians trying to appease Western moralists. In Copenhagen where sex work is legalized, the Lord Mayor (a woman) is part of an insidious anti-prostitution campaign.

My latest Guardian column gets into it here and the comments are flying!

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
First Audio Upload of the Year!

Phil Whelan and Tracy, holding the line on Winnie-the-Pooh and 'Wicked.' Click here to listen.

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Things We Will No Longer Whinge About

Obama's temperament. Internet as predator; newspaper as victim. People who make more money than you do. Tina nailed it here.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

The Honeypot of Alienation

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is a shocking book because it exists. Nobody (that I know of) has offered to burn it, but it was definitely conceived in sin. Who, you may wonder, "authorized" David Benedictus to mess with A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh quartet by adding a fifth volume to the series?

The new "friend" created for Pooh, Piglet, Tigger et al. is Lottie the Otter - a concession to feminism totally out of place in the Hundred Acres. Guess it wasn't PC to let Kanga enjoy being the only female in the forest.

Worse yet, Benedictus has compromised Eeyore’s integrity by making him “proactive.” For more than 80 years, Eeyore was the embodiment of unbearable pessimism, an iconic grouch whose self-pity prepared us for the miseries of grown-up affluence. Of all the Hundred Acre dwellers, Eeyore is the one we can least afford to lose. He makes co-dependence and the fear of failure less isolating. He is there during that dark night of the soul - or was, until Benedictus began meddling with the sacred.

It was one thing for Disney to reconfigure Milne's stories and Ernest Shepherd's illustrations. The Disney characters were easy to ignore. A book that purports to be part of Milne's collection is quite a different matter.

Mark Burgess, the illustrator, pays homage to Shepherd, but some characters have turned out better than others. Piglet is the most recognisable, Christopher Robin the least.

Rabbit - so managerial and doctrinaire, the most human character in these woods - has been tragically reconceived by Burgess as a stage bunny.

More about Lottie and A.A. Milne here in the latest issue of The Drawbridge.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ashley Dupré (left), the escort linked with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, has little in common with her contemporary Jamie Jungers. Despite some recent allegations about escorting, Jamie (on morning TV!) denied any connection to prostitution while sharing the unhappy details of her relationship with Tiger Woods. My Daily Beast column, about women who thrive in scandal's aftermath, takes a look at sex industry icons in different eras. Mandy Rice-Davies (right) has far more in common with Ashley than anyone else I can think of. But I would say that, wouldn't I?

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Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Manhattan koru garu no nikki

Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl (translation, Sanami Takeuchi)

Click here to order from Amazon Japan.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Daily Beast: How to Trademark a Scandal

Ashley Dupre says she's the poster child for redemption. Why her new gig as a junior agony aunt actually helps to redeem the New York Post. My latest Daily Beast column here.

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Friday, December 25, 2009
Mary Christmas! I captured the Magdalene's tibia on my Samsung Rant during an afternoon of veneration @ St Anthony of Padua in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Monday, December 21, 2009
Solstice Greetings! I hear that Three Naked Ladies, blog-child of Jodi Sh. Doff, may decide to include my comments in their end of the year round-up. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 12/23: Yes, it's up now. Three Naked Ladies at the end of a decade. It's a great honor to be included. By the way, I had no idea it was the end of a decade until my editor Will Doig mentioned it to me.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

To watch on YouTube, click here.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Download Your Umbrella Here!

Change your Facebook/Twitter profile photo to a red umbrella on December 17! Right-click on the umbrella of your choice, then Save Image. Turn this into your profile photo on December 17.

It's not too late to have your own impromptu event. Read about December 17 here. If you have an event, let us know: or


Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Where: Metropolitan Community Church in Manhattan

Where: 446 West 36th Street (9/10th Avenues), NY, NY


Learn more about events all over the world at


Monday, December 14, 2009
Order Online: Un baiser à l'anis

"J’ai eu envie de jouer avec le concept du tourisme et des vacances qui sont rares chez les travailleuses sexuelles. Les prostituées n’ont que peu de vacances et du coup quand elles en prennent, celles-ci ont une autre ampleur. C’est une manière de dire qu’elle prend également des vacances dans sa tête. Cela révèle des pensées féminines. Le personnage principal Nancy est une call girl qui n’a jamais quitté jamais New-York car elle est très attachée à cette ville. Elle n’a absolument aucune idée de ce qu’elle va vivre. Le roman est aussi un combat sur l’engagement de chacun et sur les questions que pose la prostitution. J’ai été inspirée en me disant que Tintin serait réincarné en prostituée ce qui est une situation complètement absurde." - Men's Health

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Sunday, December 13, 2009
New Videos: Tracy in the Strategy Room

I had a great time with Alan Colmes in the Fox Strategy Room this week. Visit YouTube for the two-part interview...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Audio Archives: What the church needs now

About the importance of being Mary Magdalene.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

The Honeypot of Alienation

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Golf Concubines of 2009

Ashley Dupré (outed by the New York Times in 2008 because she had done a session with Eliot Spitzer) is in the news again. This week, she spoke out about the Tiger Woods scandal and lambasted the golf pro's concubines for abusing their access to the media by cashing in on sex with a married celeb.

My take in today's Daily Beast: "Ashley is emerging as a gritty modern ethicist. Tiger, for reasons we can only begin to analyze, isn't turned on by safety and ethics, and who can blame him? Hanging out with sex workers isn't risky enough, from an emotional perspective—and professionals are unlikely to idolize him."

You can read my column here:

I would love to hear your thoughts, whether you agree or disagree. If your comments are for publication, please send them to

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I just discovered that my conversation with Paula Shackleton is now available on the Book Buffet Blog. Here are a few samples from our 20-minute chat.

Part 1: Moll Flanders deserves our attention. "Not a 'worthy' victim. She steals. She abandons her children. Yet she's incredibly likable and you're rooting for her. She's also the creation of a dead white male."

Part 3: Machines or men? How factories look next to sex tourism. "In many countries, factories are incredibly dangerous. You can't negotiate with a machine."

To hear the rest, visit my Book Buffet page.

For audio galore and help with your book group, check out the latest news at Book Buffet. Paula has interviewed everyone from Margaret Atwoood to Margaret MacMillan!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Radio Archives: A lively chat with Judith Regan

I'm getting my radio archives in order! This isn't on the Interview page yet, but it will be. Soon.

Judith is a hoot. She talked about the Spitzer look and her own unique approach to parenting. Also, will Facebook put sex workers out of business? And lifestyles of runaway teens. Here's the interview... because Yvonne Dunleavy's one fabulous godmother!

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Radio Archives: Washington versus New York

At some point, an audio file on this site took leave of its senses, and now I can't get one of my interviews to play. So I provide it here for my website doctors, and for anyone else who would like to have a listen. The interview starts at 1:14, after the commercials. UPDATE 11/30: THE CORRECT INTERVIEW IS NOW UP HERE, COMMERCIAL FREE.

I spoke to Washington Post radio when Deborah Palfrey was alive and facing federal charges. Click here for the conversation.

This interview aired on Monday, May 7, 2007 on WTWP Radio 1500AM/107.7FM

A few months later, Deborah appeared on the cover of $pread magazine.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Revelations: My 2008 diary

Yes, I actually do keep a diary, not to be confused with Nancy's. Here's what happened when I tried to go vertical in 2008 for my friends at Powerhouse magazine.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Radio Interview: Mary Magdalen Superstar

You can hear my recent conversation with Phil Whelan at Radio 3 HK here. I haven't had a chance to update the front page yet, but I will. Meanwhile, enjoy the Magdalene Media Gallery here.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

MM Relics: Welcome Service tonight at 7:30, St Thomas Aquinas, 249 Ninth Street, Brooklyn

Mary Magdalen will be in Park Slope for the next 24 hours or so. From the Diocese website:
"At St. Thomas Aquinas, a welcoming Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by an all-night prayer vigil. On the following day, the relics will be present as the parish completes the celebration of its 125th anniversary. There will be a 9 a.m. Mass in English, and an 11 a.m. procession with the relics. At noon, Msgr. Steven Ferrari, Vicar for Brooklyn, will celebrate a bi-lingual Mass."
For directions, details and contact info, go to St Thomas website.


Friday, November 13, 2009
Googling Belief: St. Genevieve Church in Thibodaux, LA on November 4th at 6 PM

At 2:10, the children enter. Around 5:10, a wonderful commentary about belief.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Weekend: Mary Magdalene in Brooklyn Friday, Nov. 13 - Sat 11/14

Fri-Sat Schedule: I got a phone call this morning from a lady at St. James Cathedral who told me to get a pen because time was short. She confirmed the events and said, "We will only have possession of the relics until 7:00 pm on Saturday." I think that could mean 6:30 in real time.

The relic will arrive on Friday in the afternoon. (Coming from Huntington Seminary with Father Romaric who has replaced Fr Michelet, the priest I met at St Vincent Ferrer.)

A short service will begin at 5 pm and the relics will be available for veneration until 10 pm. On Saturday, veneration begins at 9 am, followed by a mass at noon. Afternoon is for general public veneration. The Cathedral events sound quiet and dignified. The monsignor told me there are no plans for a procession.

Sunday: However, the events at St Thomas Aquinas in Park Slope will be more exciting. There's a procession at 11 am Sunday morning! It sounds wonderful.

Tuesday: This will be her last day in town. November 17 at St Anthony in Greenpoint, there will be a procession at 11 am. Directions and contact info.


RELIQUARY DIARY: October 22. Entering St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, GA. A video of Father Michelet and slideshow. Close-up images, including the procession. Change of pace to see a smaller gathering and to hear Father Michelet's extremely persuasive, comforting voice. You can download this short video and see how the relic is handled or managed as she exits the van. The sound of birds in the background is very soothing.

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RELIQUARY DIARY:A video from Our Lady of Wisdom in Lafayette, Louisiana Posted: Nov 05, 2009 at

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Bedside Reading: RTHK

If you were listening to RTHK tonight, here are some links re: the squabble between the Archbishop of New York and Maureen Dowd.

Maureen Dowd

The archbishop's outburst

A time out for the archbishop?


Mary Magdalene and Me: Watch this space for news about her US tour

UPDATE: Listen live tonight on RTHK at 11:10 PM New York time. (This is Thurs morning in HK.)

BEAST: Mary Magdalene is visiting the New York area until November 17. A relic of Mary Magdalene, patron saint of fallen women, the Dominican Order and Provence, is touring the US for the first time. My latest column in The Daily Beast explores the implications for the Church, as well as my personal and political relationship with this unique, multifaceted saint.

VIDEO: A wonderful video from Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, where she stopped before her return to NYC.

TOUR: You can find her next appearance here.

UPDATE: She will be venerated this Friday Nov. 13 and Saturday Nov. 14 at St James Cathedral, Brooklyn. Friday evening from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm with a short service at 5:00. Saturday all day from 9:00 am til 7:00 pm. Be there or be square.

UPDATE: The image of the Magdalene on the St Thomas Aquinas site is gorgeous! This is definitely the pre-conversion Magdalene. Sunday @ 11 am: Procession with the Relics followed by 12 noon Bilingual Mass For more info: 718-768-9471

DIARY: Just spoke to Father Joseph at Most Precious Blood church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn. He says 1000 people came to venerate the Magdalen relic today. The relic arrived at 10:30 am and there was a mass at 11 am, followed by private veneration from 2-3pm, and Holy Hour from 3-4pm.

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Thursday 11/12: Relics of St. Mary Magdalene will be @ Seminary of the IC, Huntington, NY all day

"Relics of St. Mary Magdalene have been venerated in the Diocese of Frejus-Toulon, France since the second century. One of these relics, a piece of the tibia, can be venerated in the Main Chapel of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington."

Full schedule here. From 9:00AM - 9:00PM

Members of the public are invited to participate in any or all of these events in the Main Chapel.


11:45 am to 12:30 pm: Mass

1:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Veneration

8:30 pm: Fr. Romeric, O.P. of the Dominican Fathers, Frejus-Toulon on “The Tradition of Veneration of St. Mary Magdalene”



Sunday, November 01, 2009
Barbara to Bill: Plug thyself

This is great TV. "Yeah baby, 25 years." A must watch, mes amis.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tell Me More

Sex and the workplace
is the opening segment! A roundtable with host Michel Martin, Tracy Quan, Ruth Houston and Jennifer Kearns.

I totally enjoyed dishing about the pros and cons of a work-related affair on NPR. You can listen online or download for your longterm enjoyment. I think we have four unique perspectives here.

The entire show is worth a listen. What's more controversial at work? Hair or sex? For some people, it is all about the hair.

Seventeen minutes on hair, eleven for sex. NPR imitates life in the sex industry!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Standing Up to the Prohibitionist Shills

Have sex traffic levels been exaggerated? Nikki Adams of the ECP takes on the Mirror-quoting Dennis McShane. Watch the video.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Bedding Your Boss

What kind of woman sleeps with her boss? In the ’90s, she was cast as a victim, in the ’60s as a predator. What women want - and how the rules of the game have changed, in my latest week's Daily Beast column.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Efficiently seduced

In America, we make fun of rednecks, resent other people's wealth and vote for 'middle class' values without ever being sure what class we belong to.

Would you have it any other way?

My review of Past Imperfect, a new novel from Julian Fellowes.

I don't agree with readers who crave a book-length journey to Gosford Park (the movie for which he won an Oscar).

Fun fact: the Truthdig Book Review won a Maggie Award for Best Web Column in 2009.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Lockerbie backlash

One of the more bizarre news stories to emerge from Lockerbie!

There has been talk of Harris Tweed (not) revamping its image in response to
anti-Scottish sentiment in the US.

Two thoughts.

1. De-Scottishify is an awkward mouthful. How about the more elegant "de-Scot"? (In case this ever comes up again.)

2. This non-troversy might inspire a new t-shirt: "No plaid for oil!"

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
The Look of Virtue or ... Of Bankers and Babysitters

In the US, Barack Obama’s first day of school speech has pushed all kinds of buttons. On the extreme right, he was attacked with mindless zeal, while his centrist supporters were somewhat defensive.

And this was before he gave the speech.

Lee Siegel in The Daily Beast has one of the most insightful responses to the president’s schoolroom speech. An unpredictable essayist with his own take on modern life, he recently published Against the Machine, a quirky polemic about the plight of the blogger and the excesses of online commenting – amongst other things.

Who better to analyse the president’s slick yet wholesome message?

And now I know why the entire “controversy” has been making me snicker. While liberals and conservatives were trading cliches about the president’s anodyne advice, my inner 12-year-old just wanted to cut school.

Because Obama’s speech to the kiddies is “borrowed from” William Bennett’s infamous work, The Book of Virtues, a “treasury of great moral stories” for social conservatives. Siegel was outraged, but I’m impressed when my president does stuff like this.

Siegel writes:
Imagine Obama warning the bankers and the businessmen that they could only be bailed out if they fulfilled their responsibilities. But he didn’t hesitate to tell that to the kids.
Okay, fine, but can we also get real? The grown-ups have always behaved one way around kids and another way around bankers (i.e. other grown-ups.) Most parents talk to their kids not quite the same way they talk to a loan officer, broker, attorney, used car salesman… any adult they have to do business with.

Sometimes this is the reason parents drink. Making the switch can be stressful, but it’s part of the parental role – and parents who can’t play it are incompetent.

The good middle class parent (personified by Obama) tells the children about responsible living and tries to discourage greed, sloth and lying. All competent parents know that their own generation is guilty of these things, but the idea is a sound one: if you believe these aren’t ‘the done thing,’ you will keep your most dangerous impulses under control. (It’s how we learn to avoid red meat or pizza most days while having the occasional flesh/carbohydrate feast.)

Parents (personified by Obama) are supposed to hold children to a higher moral and behavioural standard than they hold other people. (Higher standards can be annoying, but they harm nobody.)

I know all this because I was once a child (and so was Lee Siegel) but I was also … a BABYSITTER. (Was Lee Siegel ever??) As a barely nubile babysitter, I was like middle management – and the parents I worked for were the board of directors. We babysitters were the foremen on the factory floor of childhood.

As a babysitter, your theoretical role is to uphold official values – but if you’re under a certain age (as I was) you are still a kid, so you want to critique and thumb your nose at these values. (If your charges fall asleep early enough, all this is moot. You can do whatever.)

Basically, Obama’s well-behaved speech was about one obvious (to babysitters) fact of life.

Childhood is a time for obeying the rules other people – most notably bankers, and even a few babysitters – don’t have to follow.

While this is deeply unfair, I don’t think it’s William Bennett’s fault. Parents of almost every political persuasion uphold this system and Obama, have you noticed, is a member of the parent class.

However, his advice about Facebook makes me wonder if he’s a closet babysitter. (BOTUS??)


Wednesday, September 02, 2009
With him?!

Ron Weinstein talks about his wife's book (Madoff's Other Secret) and the affair she had with Bernie Madoff.

My latest at The Daily Beast.

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To tweet or not to tweet

That wuz the question.

No longer.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
When Bernie Met Sheryl

Sheryl Weinstein, who had a 20-year relationship with Ponzi king Bernie Madoff, is the latest incarnation of Gustave Flaubert’s Emma Bovary.

What could an Upper East Side baby boomer and former CFO of a wealthy charity have in common with the 19th century’s original Desperate Housewife?

My response to Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me

You can read it here.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Preventing Clutter: America the Cynical

Two thoughtful letters in the NY Times Book Review caught my eye last week.

A small but dangerous pile of newsprint - newsprint!! - was developing at the border of my flokati rug, so I decided to preserve the letters here instead.

"I remember thinking it odd to assume that changing one’s self-presentation is inherently suspect," writes Deborah Tannen. I, too, wonder about this tendency - is it also a kind of puritanism?

Another reader, Stephen Knight, talks about "an archaic, Manichaean view of the world that we are seeing play out among those who would deny against all evidence the legitimacy of our new president’s Hawaiian birth to a Kenyan man and a woman from Kansas." Too right. Manichaeans are damn tiresome.

This is also addressed in an essay by Orlando Patterson, whose commentaries I follow with keen interest.
Whatever Judge Sonia Sotomayor may have meant, a wise New York woman of Puerto Rican ancestry has a profoundly different view of the world than a Latina farm laborer in Southern California or an upper-income Chilean-American professional in Florida. Even more problematic are periodic jeremiads declaring the demographic demise of the so-called non-Hispanic white population. “The massive Hispanic immigration after 1965,” Samuel Huntington wrote in his sadly misinformed book, Who Are We?, “could make America increasingly bifurcated in terms of language (English and Spanish) and culture (Anglo and Hispanic).”

The bogus demographic invention “non-Hispanic whites” is partly the source of such groundless alarums.
Quite frankly, Huntington just sounds like an oaf. His freak-out over the presence of another language is embarrassing. What is the point of studying Latin anyway? I thought it was partly to make Romance languages (Spanish, for example?) more accessible. Languages: the more the merrier.

As I empty out the plastic container next to my desk, there will be more of these Prevention Posts.

Monday, August 17, 2009
Well-behaved 15-year-olds rarely make history

For those who were quite junior when we joined/envisioned the sex workers'movement, this review of Claudette Colvin's biography (alongside that of Jane Jacobs**) is evocative and moving.

Colvin was 15 when she was arrested, roughed up and thrown in jail for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger - nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.

As one civil rights lawyer later said: "Claudette gave all of us the moral courage to do what we did.”

To order from Amazon, click: CLAUDETTE COLVIN by Phillip Hoose.

(**You all know I am a freak for anything about Jane Jacobs, but I want to focus on Claudette Colvin on this occasion.)

Sunday, August 16, 2009
New Video: Tracy & the Beast

...on Ida Jeng's Kosmopolit blog for the Danish daily Politiken. Is coitus interruptus really truly "better than nothing"?

My Daily Beast column on "the new unsafe sex" is here.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009
Mansfield Frazier's columns

Posting these links from the Frazier archives for Laura. Just like I said! Obamanation revisited and Bernie Madoff, Prison Royalty.


New Video: Spotted on Salon

I'm posting this video of Joan Walsh on Hardball for a friend who follows American politics from overseas. (I find all this talk of 'government takeover' precious! I'm as leery of authoritarian governments as the next person, but what do these people actually mean when they invoke the G-word? I'd like to know more about what else they believe/support/don't support when it comes to government intrusion.)


New Video: Tracy Revisits Times Square

Metropolis, a Dutch TV series, explores the lives of urban prostitutes. My segment (in English or with Dutch subtitles) travels back to a building where I spent some time as a teenager.


Friday, August 14, 2009
Video Archives: Tracy talks about Eliot Spitzer, Spring 2008


Thursday, August 13, 2009
Video Archives: A Working Girl's Work Ethic

Here's a clip from a recent CNBC documentary with a rather lurid title...

Read more about it here.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Margaret Sanger must be spinning in her grave

If you thought the New York Times was joking when they hyped an academic paper that champions the so-called “pullout method” as the next big thing in contraception, you weren’t alone. How did the Guttmacher Institute get their name mixed up with this?

Today's Daily Beast column is here

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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tracy in Men's Health

This Q&A was fun to do! We talked about seduction, cooking, the history and mythology of the hooker's movement... Read it here.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009
This Thursday in Manhattan: Tales from the Closet

I'm honored (or honoured, your choice) to be part of Neke Carson's new project.

Portraits from the Closet: July 16 through August 15th.

The Drawbridge has all the details.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl in France

Un baiser à l'anis by Tracy Quan
Traducteur: Dov Rueff

(Florent Massot - ISBN: 978-2-916546-25-4)

Pour les "civils," je fais un métier de feignasse.

Pourtant, c'est un boulot: sans cesse jouer du pipeau à la terre entière, sa famille, ses collègues. Sans parler de mon mari, qui ne se doute de rien! Pour mes clients, je suis Suzy, une BCBG suffisamment chaude et canon pour gagner sa vie de ses charmes. Le jour où mon client préféré m'invite dans le midi de la France, je me doute bien que ça va être tout sauf des vacances. Mais j'ignore encore que sa résidence est située dans la ville où la relique de Marie-Madeleine, notre sainte patronne, est menacée par des intégristes.

Et mon client ne m'a pas avertie que son cuistot est un sacré beau gosse. A quoi ils coupent l'air de la Provence, pour qu'une pro comme moi craque pour un gay?

To purchase, click here.


Monday, May 25, 2009
Islandista to Islandista

This blogger's bailiwick is the spirit and tempo of the Caribbean female. In her latest post, Islandista zeros in on Nancy Chan's diaries:
a lot of detail about the sex industry, layered history of the sex workers advocacy movement and the cliquism and classifications within both.
Islandista is engagingly ruthless when my fictional heroine
muses about the social differences between strippers and call girls. The hypocrisy of it is hilarious
says Islandista, but she finds it
intriguing to see the thinking that would allow a woman to be comfortable with being a ‘working girl’ and have it broken down like that.
wry quips on Trinidad’s unique race relations
are also cited.

I'm intrigued right back!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Creativity & Containment

According to New Scientist, an important factor in creativity is coming up with "new uses for everyday objects."

I'm already feeling MUCH better about my inability to discard random containers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Da Horror

The Drawbridge summer issue is out now. Different aspects of Horror explored by Jenny Diski, Mario Vargas Llosa and many others, including myself..

Diski writes
I am what historian Richard W. Bulliet calls post-domestic. Unless you are a hill farmer, or a herder (in which case you are an anachronism, which won't come as a surprise since making a living in either of those ways is very difficult) so are you.
Jenny Diski. I love her work. I've read a number of her essays, none of her books (yet) - but what I've read is always enjoyable.

Order a copy or subscribe here, if you'd like to follow my stuff in The Drawbridge.

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Friday, May 01, 2009
Jetsetting Call Girl

Now you can read the first chapter online.

It's also available as an e-book! Click here to order from Waterstones.

The French edition, Un baiser à l'anis, translated by Dov Rueff... pre-order here!

Radio News

An MP3 from Tuesday night: WPHT in Philadelphia with Dom Giordano.

And you can listen live this evening to the Alan Colmes Friday night free-for-all (as he calls it) from 11pm-1am Eastern USA time. My co-panelists will be John Derbyshire and Vinnie Brand.

Thursday, April 30, 2009
One Flu Under the Cuckoo's Nest: The Pancetta Pandemic? (Updated May 2 & May 17)

I'm keeping track of useful facts and links re the so-called swine flu. Watch this space!

Now that we have a secretary of health... finally! ... you may wish to consult this page hosted by the Department of Health & Human Services.

Or this FAQ.

Dr Ann Robinson says 36,000 people in the US die from the flu each year. So let's keep this in perspective. She has posted a practical FAQ here. It will help those of us who have a tendency toward narcissistic hypochondria to hear a working doctor's point of view.

One question missing from Dr Ann's FAQ! "I had pancetta the other night - do I need to suppress my fondness for carbonara while this thing is ongoing?"

Here's a short and sweet summary from WHO (my favorite UN agency) which also deals with the pancetta dilemma. Like I said, updating will occur, so watch this space.

MORE THOUGHTS (May 2) - If you happen to be living in a country where influenza statistics are being collected, some common sense precautions will PROBABLY protect you from this year's flu. Even though Michael Chertoff seems to think H1N1 is a "national crisis" for the Homeland.

OKAY - (May 2, later) Unfair to single out Chertoff. There is, on the other side of things, Joe Biden who seems to think a classroom's environment is the same as that of a closed airplane... Odd.

IN DEFENSE OF - (May 17) ...bacon sandwiches? But Julie Powell doesn't agree with all this PDA.

XX Factor & NRO React to the Beast

The last time Kerry Howley had the misfortune of noticing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal... Read her Craigslist comments here. (I keep hearing that Joni Mitchell song!)

Over at the Corner, Ramesh Ponnuru seems to be taking potshots at online escorts and men who pay for sex. Gentle potshots, but still... Can the right wing afford to alienate people who buy and sell sex? In my experience, it's rarely wise to trash your old friends!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This Week: Scapegoating Craigslist

In 19th-century London, a serial killer preyed on women who used the local streets and pubs to meet their customers. Those killings are now, unfortunately, treated as entertaining legend, while new myths about sex work, violence and technology flourish; we’ve gone from "Jack the Ripper" to the so-called "Craigslist Killer."

I am especially disgusted with those using Julissa Brisman's death as an opportunity to harass Craigslist, and talked about it last night on WPHT 1210 AM in Philly. (Will have an MP3 up soon.) UPDATE on May 1: Here's the MP3.

For my latest Daily Beast column, I spoke to Melissa Gira Grant and others about hype versus reality. Read it here.

I'll be visiting the Alan Colmes show this Friday.
You can listen live on Friday evening 11 PM - 1 AM. More details to follow!

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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Weekend Reading: Other People's MoJo

Nomi Prins is the sexiest banker I've ever met - and I know quite a few! She is, in fact, an EX-banker, and one who left the business simply because she felt like it, having proven her mettle. (There is also this rumor about a Portfolio Dating patent which she has neither confirmed nor denied.)

In her latest Mother Jones column, Nomi analyzes Timothy Geithner's shtick and nails him on his evasions. Her first book, Other People's Money is more relevant than ever. (Was also named one of the best books of '04 by The Economist and Barron's!!)

At the Daily Beast, I was pleased to see Larry Kramer taking on the gender studies mafia. The various queer/gender theories, he says, are "relatively useless" for those studying gay history, resulting in lectures and courses that reflect "as much about real history as a comic book." This is a little unfair to comic books, but a refreshing viewpoint. Even if some of my best friends do gender studies!

More about the Beast in my next post.


Wednesday, April 08, 2009
The little blog that should

Recently, a fellow author told me that being mentioned on this blog 'doesn't count'
because I haven't adopted the bells and whistles other bloggers take for granted.

Permalinks and such!

I could have been offended, but was instead flattered. I'm glad my humble patch of the blogosphere is different.

For example, there's no obvious way to link to this post.

Because? When I started this blog (July 2001), I became deeply attached to the template. I may be a floozy in other matters, but when it comes to software I am perversely faithful.

I wrote my first book in WordPerfect Five-One. I still use WordPerfect, by the way, and it (WP10 by now) converts easily to MSWord. Quite a few people began using Word because of peer pressure. The prevalance of Word shows you how anything, even glue-sniffing, can become the norm.

...and you know who you are because you go all wistful at the mere mention of WordPerfect.

But I'm not a rejectionist. Most of my business is conducted in Word and the people I do business with have no idea I'm working in WordPerfect. I feel like a crypto-Catholic living under the Protestant jackboot, except it's more of a velvet slipper than a jackboot. And I'm not a metaphor for religious oppression - I'm living proof that diversity works and people can stick to what they 'believe' (if you think of software as a faith) without making a fuss.

I never ask other people to adapt to my software, I consider it a joyful challenge to fake my conversion. It makes me a better and wiser computer user. In other words, I have a copy of Open Office.

It is not enough to proclaim yourself an outsider, you must walk the talk. And every time I go through the ritual of converting my documents to Word or Excel, I am reminded of what it's like to live as an outsider, perhaps even a secret outsider. Not that I should need reminding. I am already an outsider in many respects, but since I can pass for integrated, I want to be reminded.

Does this have something to do with my upbringing? Well, my father is a computer programmer and he's very supportive of my stubborn ways. The more obscure a taste or idea, the more he supports me, especially concerning software.

So I don't feel a need for all the latest upgrades - unless I actually have a use for them. I acquired broadband reluctantly, and was still using dial-up in 2008.

As for my blog - I like it when gets traffic, but the blog itself I always thought of as a cozy corner on the site. Because I've seen no others which employ this quaint template, I've decided I must retain it - no matter how questionable its value or charm. It also gives me insights into architecture and town planning, as I think about how accessible yet disconnected one can be.

Stay tuned!

Friday, April 03, 2009
The body politic, Popeye, and magical nutrition

I was criticized on this guy's blog for confusing Popeye's forearms with his biceps. Ha. Well, as it happens, some Guardian readers Have Not Been Paying Attention.

Anybody who HAS will recall that Popeye's biceps swell up immediately when he ingests some spinach. Clearly, these magical powers aren't lost on Michelle Obama. Her version of baking cookies is so responsible-sounding. I'm pleased we've gone from squabbling about whether Cindy McCain's cookie recipe is "original" (who would care?) to discussing the benefits of fresh green veggies.

The biceps of a nation are discussed here...

while you can find the first lady's recipe for creamless creamed spinach at (where else!) the NY Times Health section.


Shag-enfreude or "Is conjugal duty the new Rabbit?"

At a time when others are promoting Tantric sex, rabbity vibrators, and other politically correct delights, along comes Bettina Arndt with a message that sounds almost Victorian. And yet, Bettina's advice is not as outrageous as it may sound.

My latest column at ABC Unleashed just went up. Read it here.


Monday, March 09, 2009
Spitzergate Update

On the anniversary of Eliot Spitzer’s exposed liaison with Ashley Dupre, a certain madam is considering releasing the names in her little black book.

Read about it here in my new Daily Beast column.

I talked to Natalie McLennan, Benjamin Nicholas, and many others in the escort world. Let me know what you think!

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Saturday, March 07, 2009
Axis of Drivel

That would be Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, according to Charles Blow.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Diablo Cody at Thessaloniki Film Festival

Over at Cineaste, Richard Porton writes about Diablo Cody's screenwriting master class in his film festival diary:

Inserting the word “cool” into her patter at every opportunity, the woman responsible for Juno proved herself the most gung-ho overgrown teenager on the block. Aw-shucks likeability aside, it was rather satisfying to hear one slightly disgruntled audience member complain that Juno, although marketed as an “indie” film, was marred by rather stock Hollywood conventions. Perpetually cheery, Cody acknowledged the thrust of the question and merely pleaded guilty to commercial instincts and professed affection for happy endings. As hard as one tries, it’s difficult to dislike Diablo Cody.
I have to admit, having enjoyed Juno, it was hard to dislike that happy ending. And isn't a miserable ending just another storytelling convention?

Anyway! Love the quirky smart offerings on the Cineaste website! But they don't give it all away. You have to subscribe if you want the full treatment, and you should.

Monday, March 02, 2009
Austerity chic - or should that be cheek?

In New York it's again hip to be poor – or at least appear to be. But the recession may also preserve what makes the city great.

My latest Guardian column just went up!


Sunday, March 01, 2009
Birth of a 'Nation of Cowards'

A juicy-sounding book by Melvyn Stokes: D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation': A History of 'The Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time'

In the Feb 12 LRB, J. Hoberman reveals:
A dozen years ago, the Library of Congress created a stir when it dropped The Birth of a Nation from a wide-ranging series of movies marking cinema’s centenary. The only thing worse than showing Griffith’s movie is to pretend it never existed.
He goes on to explain - for me, it was gripping stuff - that DW Griffith's notorious film
has never ceased to be relevant and was never more so than during the long 2008 presidential election, not just because the only African American in the US Senate (and one of only four since Reconstruction) was running for president; but also because the election itself was so relentlessly personalised.
Childhood memory: I dimly remember being taken to see Birth of a Nation. During Reconstruction or so, a friend's dad explained, 'This particular scene is all fabricated.' I remember v. few details, but it was enough for the following to make sense:
Griffith taught the movies to take history personally, to interject close-ups, dramatic re-creations and factoids to aid a particular plot line – and the movies taught the world the excitement of visualised drama. In last year’s election, every candidate had his or her story; each campaign was required to project a narrative and would be criticised by media pundits if it failed to do so.
Be not afraid of this excellent, thoughtful piece. It's riveting to learn that
Ushers in some movie theatres wore Klan sheets or Confederate uniforms. Meanwhile, as the Klan spread far beyond the South, establishing itself throughout New England, the Atlantic seaboard and the Midwest, The Birth of a Nation was used as a recruitment film as far north as Portland, Oregon.
Portland freaking Oregon! I have to admit that made me gasp out loud.

Actually, I think America's more 'cowardly' about class than race - but that's a story for another day. And the recession might change all that.