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Dear Prudence at Sixth & I

The woman who brings us headlines that would make your grandmother blush will be at Sixth & I synagogue in downtown Washington on Sept. 11. Recent headlines of the Slate advice column “Dear Prudence” include everything from “I’m Marrying My Late Wife’s Sister,” to “I’m accused of sending crotch shots” and “My Ex is a Perv.”

Prudie (a.k.a.  Emily Yoffe) will discuss her most memorable letters and the lessons she has learned as well as take questions from the audience. She will appear alongside Slate Editor David Plotz.

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Slate Writer Gets a Taste of Her Own Medicine

A couple of weeks ago, Slate’s D.C.-based Emily Yoffe posted a slideshow of people she thought should throw in the towel. Among them: Sumner Redstone, majority owner of CBS and Paramount Pictures, 60 MinutesAndy Rooney, NPR host Diane Rehm, and even such teen idols as Justin Bieber and Dick Clark (not a teen idol).

She asked for feedback. And boy, did she get it. Who knew Slate readers were such staunch Bieber defenders?

On Friday, she announced what readers had to say: “The results are in, and your No. 1 pick is … me! Many were moved to name me because they found my piece to be ‘mean-spirited,’ ‘outrageous and delusional,’ ‘useless drivel,’ ‘unfair,’ ‘hateful,’ ‘rude,’ and ‘ageist.’ One reader wanted to know, ‘Why don’t you just line these old folks up and shoot them?’”

Though Yoffe admits her column was “cheeky,” she didn’t back down. She also published other readers’ picks (ones that weren’t her). They include Pat Buchanan for his apparent anti-Semitism, John McCain, and “the Comics page,” because so many of its comics are written by ancient people and, in the case of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, a dead person.

Morning Reading List 12.07.10

*More details emerge on Sen. Debbie Stabenow‘s (D-Mich.) divorce in a post by Politico‘s Dave Catanese on his new political blog as acquired from Detroit Free Press which gathered the docs. The news reveals that Stabenow’s hubby payed $150 for a prostitute. Just embarrassing: the prostitute denied the charge.

*The Daily Caller‘s Advice Columnist Matt Labash addresses one of the most vital matters of the day — mail order brides. In a question from a reader, he discusses his “Worn Panties Shrine” (he keeps this strictly for sniffing — he’s no pervert.) He also has choice words for MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who Labash insinuates is a “crazy person who talks to himself.” Read it all here.

* In a chat on WashingtonPost.com, Slate‘s Emily Yoffe, who writes the “Dear Prudence” advice column, tackles a granddaughter who couldn’t make her grandmother’s funeral because she had to take the LSAT’s. The granddaughter’s mother is, well, pissed. Prudence says it’ll be fine: “Eventually, she will get over this.” And she means Mother not Grandma.

The FishbowlDC Interview with Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger

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henneberger.jpg Say hello to Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief of Politics Daily. Her path in journalism has taken her from Brussels, Belgium and Rome to Texas prisons and, of course, Washington, D.C. The prisons, she says, were a good prep for politics. The left-leaning editor counts former President George W. Bush among her least enjoyable interviews. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? A Schweppes tonic water.

How often do you Google yourself? Not in years and never again.

Who is your favorite working journalist? I hired a bunch of them, but other than at Politics Daily, I’d say Slate‘s Emily Yoffe, who is funny, serious, and can do absolutely everything.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I don’t know that I’ve ever said anything worse than “I quit,” but the vice versa is too vile to print.

Do you have a favorite word? Not really, but I’m very fond of the Italian word vergogna.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Palin!

BWhen did you last cry and why? I don’t cry that infrequently, but when I lost a friend I thought the world of, that was worth crying over.

What word do you routinely misspell? If I knew I wouldn’t persist, but I spelled refrigerator with a ‘d’ for an embarrassingly long time.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? No clue.

What swear word do you use most often? As my humiliated children will attest, I often say things like, “Oh, my heavenly days!” They wish I leaned into the f-word a little more.

What word or phrase do you overuse? My family said it would be “sweetie” and PD’s Patricia Murphy nominates “poifect,” but that’s only to her.

What TV show do you have to watch? Treme.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? That’s easy; my sister Joane Pickett’s store, Pickett Fences, in Larchmont Village in L.A.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? None of the above; if I had time to watch TV during the day, I would go all out and indulge in “All My Children.”

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? No thanks. Jon Stewart.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? I guess Obama, so they’d come on the double.

Who is your mentor? My friend and college writing teacher Elizabeth Christman, who died this winter at age 96, was the only person I really ever thought of that way, though a lot of people in journalism have taken chances on me and been very generous.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Liz told me that deciding is the most difficult part; the rest is just hard work.

Read more about Henneberger and her thoughts on the “ungracious” George W. after the jump…

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