In the Flesh is a monthly reading series held the third Thursday of every month at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing series, Do Not Disturb, Spanked, Dirty Girls, etc.). From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Themed nights have included True Sex Confessions, Revenge of the Sex Columnists, GLBT Night, and Comedy Sex. Readers have included Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Martha Garvey, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tsaurah Litzky, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Veronica Vera, Zane and others. In The Flesh debuted in October 2005. Contact rachelkramerbussel at for bookings, press, or questions. Click here In The Flesh: Los Angeles. “…writer and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures to the Happy Ending lounge on the Lower East Side.,” New York Times UrbanEye newsletter, August 15, 2007 email rachelkramerbussel at for booking or other information or interview requests

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Marie Lyn Bernard Does New York

Originally uploaded by brianvan.
And by "does," I mean totally WOWS the entire packed crowd at In The Flesh last night with her absolutely brilliant and smoking hot story about sex with various cities in our lovely country. I want to hear that story again and again! I want to publish it, and hopefully someday I will. It was amazing. And her friend (sorry, I forget her name) Haviland Stillwell, was fabulous too. I am in awe. To Marie, aka This Girl Called Automatic Win, (who wrote her story on Monday!), you should be super proud of yourself. No wonder you're gonna be in Best American Erotica 2007. To everyone else: read all of her work that you can get your hands on!

Every reader last night really brought it, and the crowd could tell. THANK YOU to everyone who read and everyone who showed up, including the 2nd shift crew of my fabulous, talented friends who arrived pretty much at the end of the night. More on the reading later, but for now, check out Brian Van's fabulous photos.

Also, working on the killer lineup for September 20th's Revenge of the Sex Columnists night. You don't want to miss Julia Allison (“The Dating Life,” AM NY), Nicole Beland (“Ask the Girl Next Door,” Men’s Health), Erin Bradley (“Miss Information,”, Ellen Friedrichs (, Greg Gilderman (“The Dating Life,” Metro), Laura Leu (“Sex Diary,” Penthouse), and Jamye Waxman (“Sex Ed,” Playgirl), and me ("Lusty Lady," The Village Voice).