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

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NBC New York covers February's reading by Michael Musto

You can watch the video of Michael Musto reading here, and get a recap from NBC New York (thanks!):

“I’m happy to see some straight people here,” he joked, adding that he hadn’t been in a “mixed crowd” since the 1980s.

Squinting at his reading material through his iconic round glasses, the 54-year-old Musto complained about getting up in years.

“I can’t even read,” he said. “Does anybody have bifocals?”

Musto was one of the featured readers for the monthly event, In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series. He read a story from a 2005 column about the gay sex club El Mirage on East Houston Street.

Michael Musto photo by Anya Garrett

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