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, April 12, 2010

Nerd Sex Night April 15th, free cupcakes, chips, candy and sexy magazines

In The Flesh logo by Molly Crabapple

There's no need to RSVP, but for those who'd like this information in another format or to spread the word, Nerd Sex Night is also on Facebook. See also the In The Flesh Reading Series fan page on Facebook. Free candy includes mini Kit Kats, mini Peppermint Patties, mini Hershey's candy and Reese's Peanut Butter cups, along with 200 free Baked by Melissa cupcakes and chips, cookies and more! We're opening up the downstairs for those who want to drink and mingle while you listen. It's a not-to-be-missed evening.

April 15, 2010, 8 pm - 10 pm
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue,
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

Get geeky at Nerd Sex Night! Featuring Mike Albo (The Underminer), memoirist Elizabeth Bard (Lunch in Paris), Emily Cavalier (food writer, Mouth of the Border), sexual health researcher Laura G. Duncan, erotica writer Emerald (reading her Apple store erotica "Shift Change" from Best Women's Erotica 2010), chef and food stylist Akiko Moorman, author Stephen Elliott (The Adderall Diaries). Hosted and curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Peep Show, Bottoms Up, The Mile High Club). Free samples of Astroglide lube will be given out. 100 free copies of Sexis Magazine will be given out. Free cupcakes by Baked by Melissa along with chips, candy and other snacks will be served.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the country's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. The series was named Best Reading Series by New York Press in 2009. 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. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Mike Daisey, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, Zane and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times’s UrbanEye, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York Magazine, NBC New York, New York Post, New York Observer, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, Fork in the Road, Gawker, Gothamist,,, Serious Eats, Tasting Table and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth.

Mike Albo is a writer and performer who lives and loves in Brooklyn. His second novel, (written with his longtime friend Virginia Heffernan) is the cult humor classic, The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life. His performances of the character have become internet hits and can be found on Youtube like everything else in the world. His first novel, the critically acclaimed Hornito, came out in 2000. Albo has written for zillions of magazines and websites including New York Magazine, GQ, Details, and The Daily Beast. From 2007-2009 he was The Critical Shopper columnist for the New York Times. He’s performed numerous solo shows including “Spray,” “Please Everything Burst,” and “My Price Point” as well as with the comedy trio Unitard. He is also a founding member of the legendary downtown NYC naked glittery dance troupe, The Dazzle Dancers.

Elizabeth Bard is the author of the bestselling memoir/cookbook Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes. Her writing on art, food, travel and digital culture has appeared in The New York Times, The IHT, Wired and Harper's Baazar. She is a sexy nerd - who knows a fish fork when she sees one. Lunch in Paris was selected as a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" pick for Spring 2010. You can follow the continuing culinary adventures of an American in Paris on

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author, editor, blogger and reading series host. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice. She’s edited over 30 anthologies, including the kink-themed Spanked, Bottoms Up, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma'am, He's on Top, She's on Top, Rubber Sex as well as Peep Show, The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, and the non-fiction Best Sex Writing series. Her books won 3 2009 Independent Publisher Awards. Her writing been published in publications such as Clean Sheets, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, and in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. Rachel conducts nationwide readings and erotic writing workshops. She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005.

photo by Anya Garrett

Emily Cavalier is dangerously enthusiastic about life. She's a freelance food writer, and works full-time as a business development exec in the event/media industry. The New England native has called Fort Greene, Brooklyn home for the past three years and is deeply in love with her neighborhood and its people. When not at the office, out drinking cocktails or getting lost all over NYC, you can find Emily's writing at and on her food website about New York City's ethnic neighborhoods,

Laura G. Duncan is a sexual health researcher, educator and writer currently
living in Brooklyn. Her research deals with issues of sexuality within medical education and primary care, focusing on health literacy and accessibility among underserved populations. In addition to her current work in clinical breast cancer research, she has worked with high schools students, health non profits and in a medical school as a Gynecological Teaching Associate.

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries, Time Out New York's best book of 2009. He's written for Esquire, GQ, New York Times, and been anthologized in Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 & 2007, Best Sex Writing, and Best American Erotica.

Emerald has been a writer since age seven, though her repertoire did not begin to include erotica until her early twenties. Now in her early thirties, her erotic fiction has been published in anthologies edited by Violet Blue, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Jolie du Pre, and Alison Tyler as well as online at various erotic websites. She resides in suburban Maryland where she works as a webcam model and serves as an activist for reproductive freedom and sex workers' rights.

Akiko Moorman is a New York chef, food stylist, and self-proclaimed nerd. She believes wholeheartedly that all projects, whether it be developing a new menu or finding out what felching means, begin with reading reference materials, interviewing experts, and when all else fails, using the Google machine. She deeply regrets searching for felching on the Google machine. She, however, regrets little else. Akiko graduated from Columbia University’s writing program, where one professor once described her work as, “for lack of a better word, very Tarantino-esque.”

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