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'09 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Digital Publishing & Print
Common Myths of Epublishing
Ebook Formats and Devices


FictionCraft
by Louisa Burton
Compelling Characters
Point of View, Part I
Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
Keep it Simple
Keep Your Writing Real
The Importance of Pacing


Literary Streetwalker
by M. Christian
New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
Meeting & Making Friends
Thinking Beyond Sex
Selling Books
Walking the Line
e-book, e-publisher, e-fun
Still More E-book Fun


Shameless Self-Promotion
by Donna George Storey
Our Journey Begins
Pitches and Bios
Websites, Blogs & Readers
Publicists, Press Kits and...
Viva the Internet
Adventures in Cyberspace
Promoting In the Flesh
Make Your Own Movie
Bigger is Better
Looking Back, Planning Ahead


Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Questions to Ask Yourself...
Tough All Over


The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
Ideas
Practice Makes Prefect
5 Books for Fiction Authors
Poetry In Motions
Six Serving Men
Ashley Lister is Anal
Stealing Ideas
Celebrating Poetry


2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Myths
Graduation


Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
A Year of Living Shamelessly
Adultery, Exhibitionism ...
John Updike Made Me Do It ...
Story Soup: Forbidden ...
Lessons from Amazon
Naked Lunches ...
Erotic Alchemy
Secrets of Seduction
Are You a “Real” Writer?
Don’t Fondle My Sentence


Cracking Foxy
with Robert Buckley
The Passionate Taphophile
Havens on Earth
A Knight Without Armor
Jail-Baiting
Magic Carpet Rides
Getting Hammered
Keep It Quiet
Hang Around for a Spell


Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Worked Up About Why
Worked Up About Why, Part II
All Worked Up About Porn
The Catholic Church
Purity Movement
The National Crisis
The Future
About Homosexuality
Public Indiscretions


Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Premature Ejaculation
Auctioning Off What?


Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Who's Who Around the Table
Retro-Shame
Ritual Sex
Mixed Legacy
The Spectrum of Consent
Drawing the Line
Marriage without the Hype
The Distracting Smirk
Innocent Guns
Gardens of Earthly Delights


Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Anneke Jacob
D L King
Kristina Lloyd
Lisabet Sarai
Mitzi Szereto
Portia Da Costa
Shanna Germain
Sommer Marsden
Susan DiPlacido


Guest Appearances

Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

Best Sex Writing 2009

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Book Review by Kristina Wright

 

sensual romance

Collecting the best of sex journalism published in the past year is no small task given the sheer volume of material that is written about sex.  Just reading it all (or as much as one can), sifting through it, discarding the dreck, paring down the good stuff to something manageable and gathering the best of the best is more than daunting—it seems impossible.  However, that is exactly what editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has done with Best Sex Writing 2009.

From journalists and novelists to sex workers and scientists, Bussel has gathered some of the very best essays and articles on the topic of sex.  The pieces range from personal essays to investigative journalism, which provides an interesting—and, at times, delicate—balance.  For instance, author Kristina Lloyd’s intimate glimpse into the darker side of desire in “The Pleasure of Unpleasure” is brilliantly juxtaposed with MSNBC sex columnist Brian Alexander’s article “What’s ‘Normal’ Sex?” about the American Psychiatric Association’s attitude toward sexuality and what qualifies as dysfunction.

Many of the pieces in Best Sex Writing 2009 are sure to resonate with readers on different levels. Sex and the religious right is addressed Amanda Robb’s examination of purity balls and virginity pledgers in “Father Knows Best” while Dagmar Herzog shines a cynical light on evangelical sex manuals in “Soulgasm.”

The effects of war on sexual desire is deftly handled in Don Vaughn’s sensitive and thought-provoking “Sexual Problems: A Common Side Effect of Combat-Related PTSD.”  Equally timely is Tom Johansmeyer’s examination of war-time sexuality and the rights of military personnel in “War Games: No WMDs but Military Police Find ‘Dangerous’ Dildos in Iraq.”

Best Sex Writing 2009 takes sex seriously, but it is not without humor.  Former Onion editor Dan Vebber laments losing his virginity to a girl before losing it to himself in the hilarious “Sex is the Most Stressful Thing in the Universe.”  The universal desire to be cool and in the know is reflected in Stacey D’Erasmo’s amusing quest for sexual knowledge in “Silver-Balling.”  And Daphne Merkin waxes poetic over the male member in literature and life in “Penises I Have Known.”

There are also several pieces that will shock as well as educate.  One of the more controversial pieces is “One Rape, Please (to Go)”, Tracie Egan’s personal experience with trying to fulfill a rape fantasy.  David Levy’s “Sex Dolls for the Twenty-First Century” and Mary Roach’s “The Immaculate Orgasm: Who Needs Genitals?” address the future of human sexuality in very different ways.  Snatching the sex scandals from the headlines are James Hannaham’s piece on “Why Bathroom Sex is Hot” and Keegan Hamilton’s “Oldest Profession 2.0: A New Generation of Local ‘Providers’ and ‘Hobbyists’ Create a Virtual Red-Light District.”

A lot of unnecessary criticism has been lobbed at the book covers of the Best Sex Writing series.  As Brian Alexander states in the foreword: “While ‘sex’ may sell, sex writing has the reputation of being not only lowbrow, but lousy.”  This collection is neither lowbrow—there are more academic degrees represented between the covers than many university textbooks—or lousy, though the cover might suggest a different kind of sex writing.  One supposes the publisher could have slapped a dour, text-only academic cover on this collection and called it a day, but the slightly scandalous image holds its own appeal.  It begs the question: just what is it about sex that captures our interest on such an immediate and visceral level?  Best Sex Writing 2009 answers that question two dozen times over as it explores the intersections between sex and every other aspect of life. 

In Best Sex Writing 2009, Rachel Kramer Bussel has compiled an impressive collection of sexual pop culture from the past year.  It is impossible to finish the book without immediately turning an eye toward current writings about sex and wondering which pieces will make the cut for 2010.  One hopes this series will continue for many years to come.

Note: The website bestsexwriting2009.wordpress.com was created to serve as an extension of Best Sex Writing 2009 and provide more articles and essays about sex in all its myriad forms.

Kristina Wright
March 2009

Best Sex Writing 2009
(Cleis Press, January 2009; ISBN-10: 1573443379)
Available at Amazon.com  / Amazon UK

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© 2009 Kristina Wright. All rights reserved.


About the Author: Kristina Wright is an award-winning author who loves writing stories that are emotionally compelling and sexually charged. Her erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over sixty print anthologies. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.A. in Humanities and is entertaining the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. For more information about Kristina's writing and other interests, you can visit her website www.kristinawright.com.



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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
Review by Byrdman

Cry Wolf
Review by Spooky

Faithless
Review by Spooky

Heaven or Hell
Review by Oranje

House of Wicked
Review by Diesel

The Office: An XXX Parody
Review by Spooky

This Ain't The Partridge Family
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'09 Book Reviews

Anthologies

A Slip of the Lip (ebook)
Review by Jean Roberta

Best Women's Erotica '09
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Bottoms Up
Review by Ashley Lister

Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Frenzy
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Girls on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed
Review by Ashley Lister

Libidacoria (Poetry)
Review by Ashley Lister

Licks & Promises
Review by Ashley Lister

Like a Thorn (ebook)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Mile High Club
Review by Ashley Lister

Nexus Confessions: Vol 5
Review by Victoria Blisse

Nexus Confessions 6
Review by Victoria Blisse

Oysters & Chocolate
Review by Kristina Wright

Playing with Fire
Review by Ashley Lister

Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
Review by Ashley Lister

Up for Grabs
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Novels

A 21st Century Courtesan
Review by Donna G. Storey

The Ages of Lulu
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Amanda’s Young Men
Review by Kristina Wright

As She's Told
Review by Ashley Lister

Bedding Down
Review by Victoria Blisse

Broken
Review by Ashley Lister

Brushes & Painted Dolls
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Cassandras Chateau
Review by Ashley Lister

The Edge of Impropriety
Review by Kristina Wright

Exposure
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Free Pass
Review by Ashley Lister

The Gift of Shame
Review by Victoria Blisse

Kiss It Better
Review by Ashley Lister

The Melinoe Project
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Mortal Engines & The ...
Review by Ashley Lister

The New Rakes
Review by Ashley Lister

Ninety Days of Genevieve
Review by Victoria Blisse

Obsession: An Erotic Tale
Review by Kristina Wright

Sarah's Education
Review by Ashley Lister

Seduce Me
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Lesbian Erotica

Lesbian Cowboys
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Night's Kiss
Review by Jean Roberta

Where the Girls Are
Review by Jean Roberta

Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Boys in Heat
Review by Vincent Diamond

Faewolf
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Low Road
Review by Jean Roberta

Personal Demons
Review by Jean Roberta

Ready to Serve
Review by Vincent Diamond

The Secret Tunnel
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Shuck
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Transgressions
Review by Vincent Diamond

Non-Fiction

Best Sex Writing '09
Review by Kristina Wright

The Big Penis Book
Review by Rob Hardy

Erotic Encounters
Review by Rob Hardy

The Forbidden Apple
Review by Rob Hardy

Hollywood’s Censor
Review by Rob Hardy

Lady in Red
Review by Rob Hardy

Licentious Gotham: Erotic...
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Live Nude Elf
Review by Rob Hardy

Live Nude Girl
Review by Rob Hardy

The Other Side of Desire
Review by Rob Hardy

Scripts 4 Play
Review by Ashley Lister