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

Monday, June 09, 2008

Another review of In The Flesh: LA

Note: I don't like how I look in the photo below, but am posting it anyway. Thanks, Gram, for the writeup, and it was great to finally meet you!

I wish I could attend the next one, on June 26th, as it's Confessions Night with:

Confessions Night with Jenny Block (Open), Pleasant Gehman, Regina Lynn (Sexier Sex), Maggie Marr (The Hollywood Girls Club), Rog Roberge, Eugene Robinson (Fight).

LA people - go to this! It's outdoors and there's cupcakes and just check out this amazing lineup. Very exciting.

Those in New York can catch In The Flesh: LA host Carly Milne Tuesday, June 17th at Bluestockings and/or Thursday, June 19th at GLBT Night at In The Flesh at Happy Ending.

Gram Ponante, writer for Fleshbot and other smutty sources, attended the launch of In The Flesh: LA and wrote:

The readings were an interesting combination of blog-based erotica and the more traditional kind, with a couple of stops in between.

Last night's theme was "Survival" and, though not every reader kept to the theme, cross-dresser Willem Belli started the evening with a bang with a searing story of toe-rape at the nether digits of a male prostitute. Then Bussel read her riveting account of a mostly-zipless fuck at the Atlanta airport, which was the evening's most graphic and evocative story.

British author Maxim Jakubowski read a story called "The Summer of Grant Lee Buffalo," a sexual autobiography as it related to music. The title referred to a crush his lover had on the bass player of Grant Lee Buffalo, Paul Kimble.

There was a generational divide that affected my enjoyment of the story; while two people had just read from blogs (or, as I suspect of Belli, extemporaneously), Jakubowski's reading was a chapter of his book. My attention waned as the litany of music and sex continued (Leonard Cohen, jazz, more Leonard Cohen), through no fault of his own, but through my own inability to pay attention to anything that takes more than two revolutions of a scroll wheel.