Dr. Ruth Is Updating Her Sex for Dummies Book for Millennial Readers

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Matthew Peyton, Getty Images for East Hampton Library

It’s been a while since many of us received a formal sex education in school, so it's OK if you've forgotten exactly how birth control works or what the ovaries do. Now, sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer is rewriting her Sex for Dummies handbook for a new generation, according to Variety.

Better known as Dr. Ruth (she has a master’s degree in sociology as well as a doctorate in education), the 90-year-old’s rise to stardom started in 1980 when she launched her first radio program, Sexually Speaking, at a time when such subjects were still considered somewhat taboo.

Nearly 40 years later, Dr. Ruth is turning her attention to an old classic to speak directly to Millennials. This will be the fourth edition of Sex for Dummies, which was originally published in 1995, and the updated version will be released sometime this year.

Although her views on sex and relationships have been ahead of the curve in many ways, Dr. Ruth is still traditional in other areas. She doesn’t believe in one-night stands—not because she thinks they're immoral, but because they can lead to loneliness and other problems. She also tells Vanity Fair that she worries about the influence of technology on Millennials’ ability to communicate and have genuine relationships. The updated version of her book will address all of these concerns and more.

“I will talk about loneliness, I will talk about the issue of the art of conversation, the issue of sexually transmitted diseases, all of those issues,” Dr. Ruth tells Variety.

This announcement comes ahead of a new Hulu documentary about the life and work of Dr. Ruth, a German-born Holocaust survivor who moved to a children’s home in Switzerland at age 10, moved to Israel at 17 and joined the Jewish freedom fighters, and ultimately emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. A trailer for the documentary, called Ask Dr. Ruth, says it will be “coming soon,” but the specific release date hasn’t been announced yet. Check out the trailer in the video below.

[h/t Variety]

Virginia Woolf Calls D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce 'Overrated' in Newly Unearthed 1923 Survey

James Joyce
James Joyce
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Don’t feel too bad if you’ve ever struggled to get through James Joyce’s Ulysses or one of D.H. Lawrence’s long-winded books. Virginia Woolf and several other well-respected writers of the 20th century had a few choice words for Joyce and Lawrence, labeling them the "most overrated" English writers in a recently rediscovered 1923 survey.

As Smithsonian reports, these thoughts were recorded in a journal that was passed around British literary circles that included Woolf and nine other writers in the early 20th century. Within the “literary burn book,” as Vox dubbed it, writers recorded their answers to a 39-question survey about their thoughts on popular writers of the time, both living and dead. For example, they were asked to choose the greatest literary genius of all time, as well as the author most likely to be read in 25 years’ time. (In response to the latter question, author and poet Hilaire Belloc simply answered, “Me.”)

Titled Really and Truly: A Book of Literary Confessions, the book eventually ended up in novelist Margaret Kennedy’s possession. It was recently rediscovered by her grandson, William Mackesy, who, along with his cousin, is one of the literary executors of Kennedy's estate.

“Within were pages of printed questions with 10 sets of handwritten answers dated between 1923 and 1927,” Mackesy explained in The Independent. “Then the names came into focus and our eyes popped. Here were Rose Macaulay, Rebecca West, Hilaire Belloc, Stella Benson—and Virginia Woolf. And our granny.” It's unclear who originally wrote the survey.

In addition to taking jabs at Lawrence and Joyce, one unnamed respondent called T.S. Eliot the worst living English poet as well as the worst living literary critic. In response to a prompt to name the dead author whose character they most disliked, the participants name-dropped Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, George Meredith, Marcel Proust, and Lord Byron. Woolf, for her part, answered, “I like all dead men of letters.” (If the respondents had known about the misdeeds of Charles Dickens, he may have ended up on the list, as well.)

“It is interesting how perceptions change, especially how little mention there is of now-most-celebrated writers from that era,” Mackesy notes. This little activity wasn’t entirely petty, though. Shakespeare, unsurprisingly, won the most votes for greatest literary genius. Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, received one vote.

[h/t Smithsonian]

Game of Thrones is Getting a New Tie-In Book Series for Season 8

Insight Editions
Insight Editions

For Game of Thrones fans who are fearing that they'll be left with nothing new to learn about the world of Westeros once the season 8 finale airs, we've got good news. As io9 reports, a new tie-in book series is coming to help you cope with your post-GOT blues.

The series will be a four-volume, behind-the-scenes look at the TV series, and will be released by Insight Editions. Each book will focus on a different aspect of making the show come to life.

First up is Game of Thrones: The Storyboards, by lead storyboard artist William Simpson, which will be released on May 28, 2019. It will be followed in the fall by The Art of Game of Thrones, The Photography of Game of Thrones, and Game of Thrones: The Costumes.

Game of Thrones: The Storyboards is available for preorder on Amazon now.

[h/t io9]

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