Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “Relentlessly Friendly Neighbor” Edition

My neighbor is loud, pushy, and opinionated—how do I get her to leave me alone? Help!

Prudence is joined by Jolie Kerr—a cleaning expert, advice columnist, and host of the podcast Ask a Clean Person. First, my sister is involved with a reckless and dangerous partner—what can I do to be supportive but also make sure she stays safe? Next, how do I tell my eager neighbor that I just don’t want to be friends? And lastly, my wife and I have been married for 35 years, but since last year, it seems she doesn’t want to have sex anymore.


And in response to a recent episode, many listeners wrote in with media and literature suggestions for the “Tired Asexual” letter writer who wanted to enjoy more stories not focused on romantic love. We’re including some of them below, but tune in to hear more.




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