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Rachel Kramer Bussel
I’ll have the very exciting Best Sex Writing 2012, which I edited and Susie Bright guest judged, table of contents soon, covering everything from SlutWalk to gays in the military to the queer history of the Meatpacking District, sex drugs, non-monogamy, female orgasm, testicles, sex scandals, atheists, media criticism (of Newsweek and The New York Times, specifically), butch/femme, circumcision and public policy, sex work and much more. I promise it’s all provocative, intelligent and fascinating. So, if you write for a publication or would like to somehow cover Best Sex Writing 2012, email me at rachel at bestsexwriting.com with “BSW 2012” in the subject and your name, mailing address and publication. Books will be sent out in mid-December. There will also be a virtual book tour and probably NYC and SF events. Thank you!
A Preview of one of the great pieces from BEST SEX WRITING 2012, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Best Sex Writing 2012 explores the smarter side of sexuality.” -Galleycat @cleispress @raquelitahttp://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/bella-notte-the-codex-file-coming-attractions_b44874
Blogger, pundit and arbiter of sexual culture Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Cleis Press’ BEST SEX WRITING 2012, has been tapped by The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News in the past week to talk about the “new, underground” enthusiasm for bondage novels sparked by Fifty Shades of Grey. Bussel also edits New York Magazine’s “Daily Intel” Sex Diaries.
In BEST SEX WRITING 2012, Bussel and trailblazer Susie Bright have collected the most intelligent, stimulating and provocative work from across the spectrum of reportage. With essays that originally appeared in publications as wide-ranging as Salon.com, The Village Voice and Ms, BEST SEX WRITING 2012 covers topics from teen sex laws, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and circumcision to sex at 66. The collection includes an extremely provocative essay on bondage by Bussel.
Bussel blogs about her other passion, cupcakes, at Cupcakes Take the Cake. She’s a unique combination—a sexpert with a sweet tooth whose writing about each topic has brought her acclaim. As cupcake expert, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living and appeared on Top Chef Desserts, among others.
Click here to see a book trailer and get a sense of Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Rachel Kramer Bussel will be appearing at:
Powell’s Books in Portland on April 6
Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on April 7
The Booksmith in San Francisco on April 9
Bookshop Santa Cruz on April 12
The Make Out Room in San Francisco on April 14
Book Expo America in New York on July 5
It has many names: Hoo-ha, vajayjay, peekachoo special thanks to Chelsea Handler for popularizing the last term. But Rachel Kramer Bussel likes to call it a word you can’t say in a family newspaper — think kitty cat. Talking about sexual parts and what we do with them is Bussel’s realm of expertise. She’s an erotic writer, sex journalist and editor of the new book, “Best Sex Writing 2012.” In this provocative title, Bussel, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., was assisted by Santa Cruz sexpert Susie Bright, who helped select the works in the book, wrote a chapter, and provided the introduction.
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Having sex with men you’re not attracted to is actually quite interesting - even though it sounds horrible to the average modern woman. The liberated Western lifestyle encourages us to objectify men, but when you lust after a man - imitating the male gaze by turning it around on him - you lose touch with the classical narcissism that brings pleasure to a prostitute. Sex with a man you’re not into forces you to become a star in the bedroom, where you project shameless self-love. Much as I enjoyed this, I’ve never been able to carry my vampy industrial personality into my love life: it’s very specific to commercial sex.Tracy Quan, “Taking Liberties” from Best Sex Writing 2012 (via igivelapdances)
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