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21st Century Living

Life and relationships in the internet age

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21st Century Living

Profiles in Adultery

Adult
over 1 year ago

I'm in the communication business.  I help you self-publish who you are, what brought you to an affair and then I give you the communication tools to communicate with other people who have done the same.  You can chat with them in real time.  You can have a fantasy date with them on our service ...

21st Century Living

The Art of Listening

Errol_morris
over 1 year ago

I often have pointed out that interviewing people gives me the opportunity to shut the fuck up.  I don’t have to talk. There’s certainly this idea that interviewing doesn’t involve performance, that you’re not eliciting a performance, that you are just a passive recipient of information.   I don ...

21st Century Living

We've Come a Long Way, Maybe

Wecandoitposter2
over 1 year ago

There were two really important elements that I discovered when I was looking at women’s history and the history of the women’s movement in the US.  The first thing that I realized was that we don’t learn about women in history.  Now there are some famous women historians now, but even they pretty ...

21st Century Living

Simon Doonan's Guide to Bad Taste

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over 1 year ago

I don’t think of myself as a taste maker.  I think of myself more as a bad taste maker.  I’m very pro-bad taste.  Bad taste is very important.  It’s like a little dash of paprika, you know, you need it. Good taste doesn’t really exist. It’s like a subjective concept. So I’m very pro bad taste ...

21st Century Living

Living the “Impossible” Dream

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over 1 year ago

I write this from Yangshuo, China where I am currently based studying Tai Chi and Internal Kungfu. My next journey is to the Wudangshan mountains in Hubei province. This is something I dreamed of before. So here I am achieving my dreams, and studying in China, a whole different world and ...