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Book News Wednesday: The Leak Behind the Wiki, Cheap Sex is Better Sex, and Tolstoy’s Words To Live By

  • Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies: The truth is, we have this it from Google today, and we're not going to lie, it's incendiary. Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy, published by the New York Times, chronicles that publication's role in breaking the Wikileaks' story, and how it came to publish subsequent documents. In fact, it has a lot more than that. You've heard about this thing called "the whole story"? Yeah. But don't tell anyone.

    According to

    Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy will chronicle the story of last year's WikiLeaks saga, in which the anti-secrecy group released U.S. State Department cables and other sensitive documents. The Times was among five publications that reviewed the material with WikiLeaks before their release.

    Executive Editor Bill Keller will write an essay on how the Times got involved with WikiLeaks and why it decided to publish the documents. The e-book will contain essays from Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd. It will also include the full text of the documents that the Times has published on its website, along with 27 additional cables selected for the e-book.

    So, now's your chance folks... though we're looking into bundling it with Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh.

    But why now?

    The Times, owned by The New York Times Co., has been looking to grow revenue in digital businesses to offset declines in print advertising. It will soon charge readers who go over a certain monthly limit of free articles at its website.

    Wish I hadn't asked. So, it's mostly about growing revenue. At least the truth is in there somewhere.

  • Feeling Frisky: When the winter chill sets in, these old bones of ours often get lonely... and cold... and randy. But time between the sheets can be costly, both in terms of time spent, and energy, which can be low this time of year. Enter Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, with their book Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes.

    The Daily Beast knows how to pick 'em, and we thank them for this spicy essay from the author. Apparently you can forget all that nonsense about foreplay and romance... make it cheap and it will be good. Build it, and they will... sorry.

    That stuff takes time and energy. And if it’s one thing today’s couples don’t have in excess it’s time and energy. We just wrote a book about this very topic. It’s called Spousonomics, and it looks at ways economics can help people improve their relationships.

    In case you're one of those visually-minded people — no, this post is going to remain PG — here is a handy chart. Because charts, like money, are also sexy.

    [W]hen sex is dirt cheap, we’re much more likely to go at it like rabbits. Couple O has been together for 15 years and has a great sex life. They keep it affordable. If they’re tired, they make it quick. Maybe they don’t even bother to take their shirts off. When one of them is in the mood, they say so.

    Hold the phone... I think we just learned something.

    (ordering book)

  • Rules According to Tolstoy: Leo Tolstoy is considered to be on of the world's greatest novelists of all time, plus, he was also a little crazy. But that only gives credence to the following list of rules, posted by Gretchin Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, on her blog, reposted by boingboing (a happy throwback to the previous topic). Read and live people:

    - Get up early (five o'clock)

    - Go to bed early (nine to ten o'clock)

    - Eat little and avoid sweets

    - Try to do everything by yourself

    - Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater

    - Keep away from women

    - Kill desire by work

    - Be good, but try to let no one know it

    - Always live less expensively than you might

    - Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer

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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.

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One Response to "Book News Wednesday: The Leak Behind the Wiki, Cheap Sex is Better Sex, and Tolstoy’s Words To Live By"

    Tim Orphan February 3rd, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Nice picks and posts. "Randy"'s funny cuz it's gross.

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