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, January 11, 2007

Erotic Memoir Night, January 17th

Thanks to Manhattan Users Guide and Time Out New York for listing this star-studded Erotic Memoir Night next Wednesday, January 17th. I'd advise getting there by 7:30 to ensure you get a seat, and bring your wallets because Mobile Libris is selling everyone's memoirs. I can't tell you how excited I am about this night and how special it will be and, having read most of these memoirs already (working on the others), I truly can't wait to hear everyone, especially Gael Greene, read.

Also, please vote for Happy Ending in AOL's Best Bars Contest!

(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey,
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

In The Flesh ushers in 2007 with true stories from erotic memoirists, who dish about everything from being a sex columnist to online dating, indulging in fine food and fine sex, BDSM relationships, loving a transgendered partner, dating as a single mom, and more. With Marty Beckerman (Generation S.L.U.T.), Helen Boyd (My Husband Betty, She’s Not the Man I Married), Ron Geraci (The Bachelor Chronicles), Gael Greene (Insatiable), Rachel Sarah (Single Mom Seeking), Susan Shapiro (Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic, Lighting Up, Five Men Who Broke My Heart), Grant Stoddard (Working Stiff), Virginia Vitzthum (I Love You, Let’s Meet), and Lauren Wissot (Under My Master’s Wings), along with host Rachel Kramer Bussel. Authors’ books will be available for sale from Mobile Libris. Free candy and mini cupcakes will be served.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted 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 Village Voice sex columnist and acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. 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. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Andy Horwitz, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Polly Frost, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Edith Layton, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, and many others. The series has gotten press attention from Escape (Hong Kong), The L Magazine, New York Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Gothamist, and Wonkette. This is not Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series.

Marty Beckerman is the 23-year-old Alaskan author of Generation S.L.U.T. (MTV Books) and America's Sexxxiest Young Journalist. He has written for Playboy and New York Press, and interviewed Hunter S. Thompson for Ain't It Cool News. Beckerman flirted with the Republican Party after a feminist broke his heart in college, but concluded that Puritanical fascism is incompatible with his status as a Luscious Sex Lord and Generational Voice of Freedom. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Helen Boyd is the author of My Husband Betty, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her next book, She's Not the Man I Married, will be published by Seal Press in March. Her writes about gender and trans issue for her blog (en)gender which can be found online at She lives with her partner Betty, in Brooklyn, New York.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, writes the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice, and conducts interviews for and Her erotic stories have been published in over 80 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and she’s edited or co-edited 13 erotica anthologies, most recently Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists and Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 2. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Cosmo UK, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.

Ron Geraci is a writer living in New York. The Bachelor Chronicles is his first book. He writes on relationship topics for several magazines and conducts regular seminars on online dating.

Gael Greene was New York magazine's Insatiable Critic for 32 years and continues to write a weekly restaurant column. She is the author of seven books⎯her two erotic novels, Blue Skies, No Candy and Dr. Love were both NY Times best sellers. Delicious Sex was a guide for Women and Men Who Want to Love Them Better. Her memoir Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess tells how America fell in love with food, what she ate at the revolution and what she did between meals. With the great food guru James Beard, Greene co-founded Citymeals-on-Wheels to bring weekend and holiday meals to the city's homebound elderly. On its 25th birthday this Christmas, Citymeals delivered its 32nd millionth meal.

Rachel Sarah’s Single Mom Seeking: Play Dates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World, was published in November 2006. She is the romance columnist for San Francisco's j the Jewish news weekly of Northern California and her column "Single Mom Seeking," appears on Literary Mama. Rachel's writing has also appeared in Family Circle, Parenting, Tango, Ms., BabyCenter and Christian Science Monitor.

Susan Shapiro's work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. She's the co-editor of Food for the Soul and author of Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic, Lighting Up and Five Men Who Broke My Heart, optioned for a movie by Paramount Pictures. Her book Only As Good As Your Word will be published in late 2007. She lives with her husband in Greenwich Village and has taught writing at N.Y.U., the New School and Mediabistro.

At twenty-one, perennial virgin Grant Stoddard came to the United States in pursuit of true love. After eighteen months of couch-surfing and heartbreak, he stumbled into a job as New York's most intrepid sex columnist, despite having little experience in either sex or writing. His first book, Working Stiff: The Misadventures of an Accidental Sexpert, will be published in January 2007 and was optioned for film by Paramount Vantage. He lives in New York City.

Virginia Vitzthum has written for, The Village Voice, Ms., Elle, and other publications. She has also written a play and a screenplay. Her first book, I Love You, Let's Meet: Adventures in Online Dating, will be published in February 2007.

Lauren Wissot describes herself as an undercover agent in the mainstream world, a gay boy born into female form. She is a filmmaker, film journalist, screenwriter, and music and film critic living in Manhattan. Her sex memoir Under My Master’s Wings (Nexus Books) details her time spent as the personal slave to a gay-for-pay stripper.