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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: an apology

I just wanted to formally, publicly thank everyone who came out on Thursday night to In The Flesh, and especially Catalina, Abe, and Gina at Happy Ending Lounge.

I failed as a host and I apologize, especially to Craig Yoe, whose PowerPoint presentation was indeed worth waiting for. I'm so excited to share the videos with all of you (hopefully by Monday, or else ASAP). We had technical difficulties and those were my fault for not being more on the ball and getting things set up in advance. I feel truly badly for the delays and am so impressed with the wonderful audience for your patience and laptop assistance.

THANK YOU for coming (ha ha - not just the wonderful Mara Altman!), for laughing, for buying books and for being so supportive. I promise to be a better, more organized reading series host in the future!

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