Straight Talker

Forget those boring bromides. Carolyn Hax is the wise, tough friend everyone could use

Any reader of advice columns knows the only thing more inane than the dilemmas people pose are the answers they get back. What passes for social wisdom is often either anachronistic blather written by columnists who remember the lindy hop; oversexed silliness pushed by magazines headlined "Your Best Orgasm Ever!"--for the millionth issue in a row; or wishy-washy New-Ageisms.

So it's understandable that Carolyn Hax, who writes "Tell Me About It," a syndicated Washington Post advice column for people under 30, has become the rage among readers within and well beyond that age group. Faced with the immemorial conundrums of love...

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