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, February 26, 2009

Some In The Flesh favorites

I'm working on a list of ALL the readers I've had grace the In The Flesh stage since I started hosting th e seres in October 2005 (the one on this site is woefully out of date). And Susie Bright's footage should be up next week. As you wait for the March 19th reading, here are some of my personal favorite videos (we only started taping the readings in the last year and a half or so, sadly, because Jessica Cutler and Josh Kilmer-Purcell killed at the first True Sex Confessios Night in April 2006).

Jonathan Ames reads "Womb Shelter" from Sex for America: Politically Inspired Erotica edited by Stephen Elliott.

Samara O'Shea reads her very own erotic love letter from her book For The Love of Letters, and dazzles us with a tidbit of James Joyce's early 20th century erotic love letter masterpiece.

Cherry Bomb (aka "The Bad Girl of Burlesque") reads a hauntingly beautiful piece that I hope I someday get to publish, though spoken it's perfect.

Comedian (and "ex-nun" and "huge nerd") Kelli Dunham completely cracks us up.

Tracie Egan (of Jezebel fame) reads her rape fantasy article for Vice (that I reprinted in Best Sex Writing 2009. Part 1.

and part 2 of Tracie Egan reading her rape fantasy article.

Those are just a few of my favorites from the past 3+ years. What are yours?

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