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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!
10. Sleazy Reads
Like to read books in bed? Snuggle up with some Best Lesbian Erotica 2012 this winter and you won’t even need the extra blanket. Your lesbian library need not go without these tantalizing tales of queer trysts. Edited by Kathleen Warnock, this book is the perfect gift for those of us who need some mental stimulation.
Bondage specifically is a really interesting topic. First of all, you can incorporate so many different material items. You can pretty much tie someone up with anything, so as erotica, I think that’s interesting. And the other part — what I’m most interested in, both personally and in writing — is the psychological side. Bondage especially lends itself to writing about the kinds of reasons that people want to be restrained or want to restrain someone else. When people can do that really well, it speaks to people who are into bondage, but it also speaks to a wider meaning, because it taps into so much more than just our sexual side — it taps into ideas about power and giving up power and who you’re willing to do that for and why. I really welcome the challenge with the Best Bondage Erotica series to incorporate as many points of view about that as I can. I’m editing Best Bondage Erotica 2013 right now (the deadline is May 1), and I always need more stories: more lesbian stories and just any interesting stories. The reason there’s a Best Bondage Erotica series is, as much as it’s an old topic, it’s also a topic that can be reinvented.
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The Tristan Taromino publicity tour is just starting to ramp up with stops at Harvard Sex Week, the Ms. Leather Convention, and several stops in Austrailia! Check out the full list of events at her website and pucker up!
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