Dan Savage’s potentially not-work-safe “Savage Love” in The Stranger.
Margo Howard’s “Dear Prudence” on Slate.
Carolyn Hax’s “Tell Me About It” in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (though she’s based at the registration-required Washington Post)
Randy Cohen’s “The Ethicist” in the New York Times Magazine (can’t find a general link for the column, sorry; also requires registration).
I don’t always agree with any of them, but they’re almost always entertaining.
Dan Savage is my favorite. He gets such weirdoes some weeks (for those of you unfamiliar with his work, Mr. Savage writes advice usually targeted to the sexually active, sometimes the *extremely * sexually active). I think I burnt someone’s brain a few weeks ago by linking to his column on grandmothers (not me!) having sex with their canaries.
It probably says something that I read him 4 days out of 5, yet didn’t think to include him in this thread until just now. And it says: I’m not that big a fan. Actually, I tend to find the people that write to him more interesting than his answers, and given how many paragraphs he devotes to his answers, that’s not ideal.
On the other hand, he’s way better than “Dategirl.”
Also online, nerve.com’s “Sex Advice From…” series can be really good, or really boring, but it depends who they’re asking for advice that week. The Donnas were pretty good, fashion models less so. Of course, it’s more funny than useful (not that I’ve submitted any questions…), even when it’s good. I won’t link directly, as Nerve is definitely not work apropos.
I used to, but I started finding her to be too conservative – sometimes even closed-minded. I sometimes feel that way about “Dear Prudence,” too, but not nearly as often.
I thought of one more, which I just realized counts as an advice column: Sara Gebhardt’s “Apartment Advisor” in the Washington Post. It’s a Q&A column that deals with tenant/rental issues, and I’ve been renting for more than 10 years so I find it interesting. As the name implies, it is geared toward apartment living: I’ve moved on to renting townhouses, but there’s still applicable stuff in there (I was even quoted in her column once!). Sometimes, being a tenant is being a tenant.
[QUOTE=E. ThorpI miss Mr. Blue, Garrison Keillor’s defunct advice column at Salon.com. His replacement, Cary Tennis (Since you asked…), is sometimes interesting, but not enough to read faithfully.[/QUOTE]
The coolest thing about Cary’s column is the thread in Private Life in the Table Talk forum. The advice there is usually better than Cary’s plus sometimes the letter writers register and post to defend themselves and that’s really, really interesting.
Other columnists I read are Savage Love, Miss Manners, Dear Prudence (usually just to piss myself off, I think sh’es horrible), and The Ethicist. I should start checkingout Carolyn Hax too…