3 Things = Love

It all started with what a friend and I call "The Scary Book". Some time last year, she told me she was reading a book that made her want to say "yes" to a date with a marginally employed hipster artist dude when she previously had no interest in dating him. Given that this particular friend had very little interest in dating at all, never mind dating guys with less-than-stellar prospects, I was curious. … [Read more...]

Margaret Wente Just Wants You to Be Happy (because she is)

"If you’re only 26, you won’t believe me. But you’ll see." There I was on Saturday morning in my local coffee shop happily reading the newspaper when it happened. As is my habit, I hit the style section first (I think I read something about boots). Then I opened up the "focus" section and that's where I saw it: Margaret Wente's latest article, The Awful Truth About Being Single. … [Read more...]

On Cookies and Sex

"The crumbs of love that you offer me, they're the crumbs I've left behind" -- Leonard Cohen (Avalanche). Ladies, let's talk about dating and all the oh-so helpful advice out there for us. During most of my 20s and 30s, I'd been single. And I have gone on a lot of dates. It probably hasn't been quite that many, but I feel like I've been on at least 100 lame first dates (plus about 5 awesome ones)! Yeah, I'm bored and I'm tired. … [Read more...]

Book Club, 1st edition: Sex and the Single Girl!

It's 2012, so why am I writing about a 1962 book that calls itself "the unmarried woman's guide to men"? Because I still think it's one of the greatest things around! When author, and famed Cosmopolitan magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown died in August at the age of 90, my immediate reaction was to dig up my old copy of Sex and the Single Girl. I was never a huge fan of Cosmo, except during a brief period in my early 20s, but both the book and the magazine were important in that they reflected, and maybe even shaped, changing attitudes toward women and sex. … [Read more...]