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

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

In The Flesh: LA on May 29th

I'm thrilled that In The Flesh is launching an LA version by my friend Carly Milne and that I'll be there for its debut (but sad that Nina Hartley can't make it)! It's a stellar lineup and I am excited to get to be a participant and not my usual psycho scattered host self.

Details from In The Flesh LA blog:


THURSDAY, MAY 29th at 8 PM
(Three blocks West of Centinela on the North side,
Admission: Free, $10 suggested donation to RAINN
Freddy and Eddy: 877-915-0380

On our inaugural evening, a collection of journalists, novelists and various other kinds of ists share tales of sexual survival to tease and expand your mind. Starting with Willam Belli (Nip/Tuck, CSI) sharing his story of toe rape (yes, you read that correctly), Rachel Kramer Bussel (In The Flesh, Dirty Girls) takes over with a little bit of erotica. Both Dana Harris (, Naked Ambition) and Shana Ting Lipton (L.A. Times, tell true stories: one funny and sexy about making it through the Hot D’Or Awards in Cannes, the other a peek behind the curtain at Playboy Enterprises. Last but certainly not least, Maxim Jakubowski (Confessions of a Romantic Pornographer) and Stan Kent offer their own stories in lusty, lurid detail. Author’s books will also be on sale.

In the Flesh: L.A. (the West coast version of In The Flesh founded by Rachel Kramer Bussel) is a monthly reading series held the last Thursday of every month at Freddy and Eddy, and features the city's best journalists, authors, scriptwriters and more offering their torrid tales for your entertainment and titillation, hosted and curated by writer/editor Carly Milne (Sexography, Hooking Up, Naked Ambition). From secret dirty confessions to unique sexual insights (and even the odd embarrassment or two), these writers get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Complimentary cookies and cupcakes are courtesy of Schmerty's. The event is free, but a suggested $10 door fee will be donated to the Rape and Incest National Network. This month marks In The Flesh: L.A.’s debut!

Willam Belli, hereforth known as "artist," is a drag sensation and a true Hollywood success story. The artist is quite happy about all his major credits due to that fact that poor people food like Ramen gives the artist yeast infections. Some of the artist's fave appearances include 5 episodes of nip/tuck as murder-inclined, but lovable tranny Cherry Peck, American Wedding, Rock of Ages and guest star appearances on every cop show for the past 5 years (The District, CSI:NY, 10-8, The Shield, Cold Case). He's created his own cop show, Tranny McGuyver, which will be screening at film festivals throughout summer and fall. In addition to writing his blog, the artists work has been published in Out Magazine and porn reviews for Freshmen magazine... but mainly just to hone his grammar skills.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author, editor, blogger and host of In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series in New York. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice. She's edited numerous erotic anthologies, most recently Dirty Girls, Rubber Sex, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma'am, and the nonfiction Best Sex Writing 2008. Her writing has been published in AVN, Cosmopolitan, Diva, Fresh Yarn, Gothamist, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, Penthouse, Playgirl, Time Out New York, Zink, and other publications. She's appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, NY1, Naked New York and the Berman and Berman Show. Find her online at,, and

Dana Harris is the editor of, and contributor to Naked Ambition.

Maxim Jakubowski is a British writer and editor. His novels include IT'S YOU I WANT TO KISS, BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT SHE LOVED ME, KISS ME SADLY, THE STATE OF MONTANA and ON TENDERNESS EXPRESS. His latest CONFESSIONS OF A ROMANTIC PORNOGRAPHER is being published in the USA this winter. His short story collections are LIFE IN THE WORLD OF WOMEN and FOOLS FOR LUST. He is the editor of the bestselling MAMMOTH BOOK OF EROTICA series, which has now reached 13 volumes, and a prolific anthologist in the crime field, where his ROME NOIR will appear this fall. A columnist for THE GUARDIAN, he is also the director of London's annual CRIME SCENE film and literary festival. TIME OUT LONDON recently included him at nr 21 in its top 50 list of best erotic British writers of all time, as one of the only 12 still alive, and he believes Shakespeare, Chaucer, Keats and others defunct talents should have been disqualified, which would have made him nr 5!

Stan Kent is a chameleon hair colored former nightclub owning rocket scientist author of hot words and cool stories. A dedicated voyeur and world traveler, Stan has penned nine original, unique and very naughty full-length novels including the Shoe Leather series and dozens of quickie reads on everything from spanking with shoes to cupcake sex to voyeuristic orgies to techno-rave group spankings on the dance floor. He gets the inspiration for his titillating takes while staying, watching, fucking, eating, drinking, dancing, carousing, sometimes sleeping and mostly writing in everything from The Ice Hotel in the Arctic to the Standard Hotels in Los Angeles to the Carlton in Cannes to various five-star establishments the world over, not to mention a sleazy selection of bed and breakfasts where the emphasis is on bed. When not globe-trotting and jet-setting, Stan has hosted an erotic talk show night at Hustler Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times described his monthly performances as “combination moderator and lion tamer.” To see samples of his works, his latest hair colors and travels, visit Stan at or email him at

Born in London, Shana Ting Lipton is a pop culture journalist and consultant, who lives and works in her native Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times,, Radar online, Wired, Variety and BlackBook's magazine and guide (she is editor of the Blackbook Guide to Los Angeles 2008). She has lectured and consulted on pop culture for Media Bistro, as well as global marketing firms and advertising agencies.