The best book I read in 2013 was Passionate Marriage by a therapist named David Schnarch, who says that what passes for love is often little more than seeking external validation. We "love" the other person as long as he or she validates us, but since that level of regard usually wanes over the years, it's not a surprise that couples frequently grow more distant.
I've been enjoying the 40th anniversary edition of The Sun, a monthly magazine out of Chapel Hill, N.C., started in 1974 by a Brooklyn transplant named Sy Safransky, who is still at the helm four decades later.
The Culture War is gearing up for its next mud-wrestling match, otherwise known as the Congressional mid-terms in November. This election is pivotal because it will determine whether the do-nothings or the do-somethings have the upper hand for the foreseeable future — which will have very real consequences for the rest of us.