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Naomi Wolf weaves new science and personal experience into a 'goddess array'
With an introduction at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International by Miami Dade College professor of human sexuality and columnist Irene Lipof, bestselling author of the iconoclastic feminist classic The Beauty Myth and her latest bestseller Vagina, revised, updated, and soon-to-be-released in trade paperback (Ecco; December, 2013) Naomi Wolf took the stage and began by calling research of female sexuality, largely by William Masters and Virginia Johnson in the sixties and seventies, 40 years out of date, pointing to new research showing the differences between male and female sexual nerve terminals providing clues to the differences in male and female sexual behavior.Making the case for a 'vagina-brain' connection, Wolf went on to investigate necessary stimuli and conditions for female arousal. After warning of the dangerous impact of pornography on male and female sexuality, such as brain re-wiring, sexual de-sensitization, loss of intimacy with sexual partners, followed by reflections on the intense liberating pleasures of Asian Tantra Yoga rituals and beliefs that arouse the multiple sexual nerve terminals of female partners revealing what Wolf half-jokingly calls the 'goddess array,' Wolf wrapped her presentation with tips on how to relax a woman's libido with hugs and male sweat.

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Chris Hayes takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's well-financed, denialist 'alternative empirical reality': American political commentator on the MSNBC cable news network and bestselling author Chris Hayes takes down Rush Limbaugh and right wing 'denialists' in his debut at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

Camille Paglia calls on artists to drop their 'snark' masks and show genuine emotion: University of the Arts professor, social critic, bestselling author, and self-described 'dissident feminist' Camille Paglia throws down the gauntlet to the Miley Cyruses of the world at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

Nikky Finney goes fishing for knowledge, truth and beauty: National Book Award-winning poet and teacher Nikky Finney weaves anecdotes of the people and events of her life with readings of her poetry.

John Lewis marches on, 1963-2013: John Lewis, the last living man who spoke at the famous March on Washington of 1963 where Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his immortal 'I Have A Dream' speech, invokes the spirit and passion of the day.

Tom Wolfe recasts NY's Bonfire of the Vanities as Back to Blood in Miami: Bestselling fiction and non-fiction chronicler of America's best and worst Tom Wolfe captures the sociological pulse of life in Miami from hip hop music to racetrack flamingos.

Neil Young rocks the book chat with 'Godmother of Punk' Patti Smith: Super rockers Neil Young and Patti Smith compare notes on songwriting, guitars, personal backgrounds, and memoirs.

Neil Gaiman takes a 'very dark, peculiar' stroll to The Ocean at the End of the Lane: Bestselling young adult, graphic novel, and adult novel author Neil Gaiman tells how he took a rare turn at writing adult fiction and ended up in a 'very dark, peculiar' place--'The Ocean at the End of the Lane.'

Jeffrey Toobin makes a case for change at the U.S. Supreme Court: Lawyer, bestselling author, leading U.S. Supreme Court observer and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin sat down with fellow Harvard Law graduate and news journalist Antonio Mora at the 2012 Miam Book FairInternational to talk about past, present and future cases, politics and personalities of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jim Gaffigan offers the perfect Father's Day gift for the man who has everything: 'Dad is Fat': Stand-up comedian, actor, and now bestselling author, Jim Gaffigan gets his act together and takes it on the road to BookExpo America 2012.

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