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Tuesday

Erica Jong’s got it good for a writer. She’s no Amazon-sales-chart topper, but she’s managed to keep herself afloat for more than three decades. Of course, not every fledgling author gets the splash of a Fear of Flying or, for that matter, has the savvy to make a career out of such a thing, as Jong did. Now in her 60s, she’s looking back. Her latest is called Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, and in it she reflects on her career—one that has been marked mostly by her ability to write about sex. The advice she offers in the “For Writers” section of her Web site consists mostly of such meaningful three-word phrases as “Dare to dream,” “Write for joy,” and “Be a beginner”—interested parties might feel like skipping the book for fear of trite phrasing. Jong claims, however, that she was fueled by the voice of “[a] demon out of an Isaac Singer story” to “tell the truth!” Of course, since this is Jong, and bawdiness is a guarantee, longtime fans will be happy to hear that she’s still, even when writing about writing, writing about sex. Jong reads from Seducing the Demon at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Arlington-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Mike Kanin)