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What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History. By Maria Popova.

What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

Pat Robertson's Romance Advice - The Colbert Report - 2013-16-01. Wine and wisdom. Very few great works of philosophy are also great works of art.

Wine and wisdom

However, Plato's Symposium is both. It is a vivid invocation of the Athenian polis and its leading characters, including Alcibiades, Aristophanes and Socrates. And it is without compare as a philosophical treatment of sexual desire - a topic that philosophers down the ages have largely avoided, with only Schopenhauer and Sartre venturing the kind of comprehensive account of it that we find in Plato. Ostensibly, the work is merely a report of a drinking party, in which the characters stumble, in their cups, over ideas and emotions that lie hidden in their daily lives. In that lies its artfulness. Try publishing that in Cosmopolitan or Tatler, and see what laughs you'll get. We should recognise, however, that wine leads us to such surprising conclusions only when swallowed in the right way, and it is another great virtue of Plato's masterpiece that it tells us how to do it.

Own Worst Enemy. Kevin Powell: 'Frank Ocean Say He Gay' "Frank Ocean say he gay....

Kevin Powell: 'Frank Ocean Say He Gay'

" That is what I heard a group of teenagers say the other day, here on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, when it came out that Frank Ocean had revealed a past love affair with a man. There was no judgment in that remark, no gay bashing, not even the slightest hint of hatred or disgust hovering about them. It just is. For the uninformed, Frank Ocean is an American singer and songwriter, one who fled his native New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina tragedy of 2005, at the age of 18. The Colbert Report: Kraft's Rainbow: Stuffed Gay Pride Oreo.

Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage. Hide captionEdith Windsor in her New York City apartment in December 2012.

Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears her challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Richard Drew/AP Edith Windsor in her New York City apartment in December 2012. Next week, the U.S. As Support For Gay Marriage Grows, An Opponent Looks Ahead. Hide captionMaggie Gallagher has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage for the past decade.

As Support For Gay Marriage Grows, An Opponent Looks Ahead

She debated the issue at Saddleback College this month with John Corvino (right), a gay-marriage proponent who is also a personal friend. The Lariat/Robert Cody Shoemake Maggie Gallagher has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage for the past decade. She debated the issue at Saddleback College this month with John Corvino (right), a gay-marriage proponent who is also a personal friend.

As the U.S. Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, likes to call herself an "accidental activist. " Indeed, Gallagher only started speaking against gay marriage in 2003, when, she says, she could no longer avoid it. DOMA Challenge Tests Federal Definition Of Marriage. Hide captionA pro-gay-marriage protester stands in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first of two days of oral arguments on challenges to laws that limit the definition of marriage to unions of a man and a woman.

DOMA Challenge Tests Federal Definition Of Marriage

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images A pro-gay-marriage protester stands in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first of two days of oral arguments on challenges to laws that limit the definition of marriage to unions of a man and a woman. After weeks and months of public debate and speculation about the legal fate of same-sex marriage, the second round of arguments takes place at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. After hearing a challenge on Tuesday to California's ban on same-sex marriage, the justices move Wednesday to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. Gay Marriage And The Evolving Language Of Love. Hide captionEnglish-language experts say how gay couples refer to themselves, and how others refer to same-sex couples, continues to evolve.

Gay Marriage And The Evolving Language Of Love

Mario Tama/Getty Images English-language experts say how gay couples refer to themselves, and how others refer to same-sex couples, continues to evolve. In 1982, advice columnist Dear Abby published a letter from someone who'd just moved from a conservative Midwestern town to bohemian Portland, Ore. Suddenly the advice seeker was interacting with gay couples and wanted to know: Should a letter be addressed to "Mr.

John Doe and Friend? '" I AM The Documentary. Martha Marcy May Marlene. Martha Marcy May Marlene. "Martha" is her name.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

"Marcy May" is the name given to her by the leader of a cult group. "Marlene" is the name all the women in the group use to answer the telephone. The cult occupies a white frame farmhouse in rural New York state, where there are many more women than men, and all of them are under the control of the leader, Patrick. The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man. I started having sex with adult men when I was 13 years old.

The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man

Neglected at home and ostracized at school, I found comfort in the sexual attentions of older men. Unlike boys my own age, who cruelly taunted me, older men were nice to me. Unlike my emotionally distant father, older men paid attention to me. Louis C.K. - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 07/16. April 12, 2012 - Esperanza Spalding - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Full Episode Video. Velvet Underground - Some kinda love. The Whole Love by Wilco on Spotify. This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) by Talking Heads on Spotify. The Mystery Zone by Spoon on Spotify. Lil B at NYU: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding? Lil B in Las Vegas, 2011.

Lil B at NYU: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

Last night, the Berkeley-bred, Internet-beloved rapper Lil B gave a sold-out lecture at NYU’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. It’s possible that this was a beautiful, inspiring event, at which people rallied joyously around a quirky young entertainer’s timely message of empathy and kindness. It’s also totally possible that the whole thing was an epic tragedy, in which a young man’s urgent plea for basic human dignity was repeatedly laughed at by stoned college kids who preferred to shout catchphrases at him while finding his existence hilarious.

Phaedrus. Playa Case - The Condom Holder for your iPhone. Activists Fear Brazil's Triumph Over HIV Has Fizzled : Shots - Health Blog. Hide captionDrag queens at an outdoor restaurant in Copacabana incorporate safe sex messages into a show of lip-synced songs and risque jokes. Jason Beaubien/NPR Drag queens at an outdoor restaurant in Copacabana incorporate safe sex messages into a show of lip-synced songs and risque jokes. Brazil's HIV/AIDS program — which has been praised as a model for developing nations — is now under strain. When HIV first emerged in the 1980s, Brazil responded quickly to the epidemic. The South American country launched large-scale safe-sex drives and gave away millions of condoms. But as the epidemic drags on, HIV continues to spread in Brazil, and AIDS activists say what was once a highly touted response to HIV is now in decline. "Some years ago, we had a very daring AIDS program," says Veriano Terto with ABIA, the largest advocacy group on HIV/AIDS issues in the country.

Brazil openly acknowledged the problem and launched widespread HIV awareness campaigns.