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Pick of the Day: Kinky sex in Bethesda

Every day here at The Washington Post, editors from each section meet to pitch their best stories for the front page. The daily battle for that coveted front-page real estate can be intense, and the top contenders are eventually compiled in a file that everyone in the newsroom can read called the a1list. So when a story called "sexparty" ended up on the list, word quickly spread through the building. Clearly it was a great read by Paul Duggan, one of the newsroom's best talents. But would a story about "kinky sex" going down in a Bethesda McMansion, a story that contained the words "bondage," "submission," "velvet whips" and "six-inch stiletto heels," really crack the front page of Washington's newspaper of record? The newsroom held its breath.

Marc Fisher, my esteemed editor, said no. He was so sure of it that he offered to buy lunch for any of his reporters who dared take the opposing view. I took him up on it. The story was too good of a read, I thought, to be buried inside the paper. And if you read a dead tree version of the paper, you know I have a free meal coming my way.

[Editor's note: I've rarely been so pleased to lose a bet. What a hell of a story, and what a fabulous moment to see it on the front page, where it tells us something about an aspect of life we too rarely reflect in our daily mirror--and does so in a smart, revealing and powerful way.]

By Christian Davenport  | February 5, 2010; 7:19 AM ET
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I agree it's a great story! Congrats on winning the lunch!

Posted by: insilverspring | February 6, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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