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

Friday, July 16, 2010

Photo highlights from Media Sex Night July 15th

I'm waiting for (hopefully!) someone to give me a good group shot, but here are some photos by Laura Boyd. See more in this Flickr set. Video TK. Thank you everyone who packed Happy Ending Lounge and made it a very special evening.

Books were for sale by Mobile Libris; I know Everything Is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert sold out!

Rachel Kramer Bussel (aka me!) read from "Espionage," which will be published in Best Women's Erotica 2011, edited by Violet Blue

New York Press Editor Jerry Portwood told a tale of sex in Spain and mangled Spanish.

Twanna A. Hines shared the story of losing her first vibrator.

The Burlesque Handbook author Jo Weldon shared her start as a stripper, her burlesque inspirations, and then gave her sexy assistant a lesson in pastie twirling and the big reveal.

Rachel Shukert made us cringe (in a good way) with a tale of sex and dentistry in Europe.

Paulie of Paulie & Pauline read from porn star photo and essay book Off The Set

Jillian Lauren read about being a sex worker in Brunei, from her New York Times-bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

Kevin Allison closed the reading with a tale of a hookup, Converse sneakers, and balls. You'll have to wait for the video to make sense of that, but his expression does a little bit to convey the tone of the story!

Big thanks to Baked by Melissa, EdenFantasys and Happy Ending Lounge, plus Lauren and Gloria for all heir help!

This one's by my friend Steven; Jillian Lauren and Rachel Kramer Bussel.

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