Susie Bright, founder of Best American Erotica, presents a classic, taboo-breaking collection of men’s erotic fiction - featuring the most unrepentant gay literary heroes of our generation. Legendary writers like John Preston, Samuel Delany, Steven Saylor/Aaron Travis, Lars Eighner, Dennis Cooper - who can imagine men’s intimate and transgressive lives without them?
Some of the smartest erotic stories in the world just happen to be written by lesbians, women who changed the face of erotic lit. Susie Bright presents a collection of lesbian sex lives that speak fearlessly, through every taboo, without any apologies. Writers like Dorothy Allison, Lisa Montanarelli, Greta Christina, and Peggy Munson name names, get as close to any woman as they dare, and relish every deep stroke of their erotic pens….
"Delivers Exactly What Was Promised!"
One of Susie's favorite writers, Ellen Willis, died earlier this month. Willis was the first pop-music critic for The New Yorker, and wrote regularly about music for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and more. From why feminists against pornography had it all wrong to why the first President Bush's war on drugs was misguided, Willis fearlessly faced tough social issues and Susie loved her for it.
Susie is home for the holidays, but wants you to enjoy this show from 2010…. This week is Part One of a conversation with Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom about his new book How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Susie is intrigued to hear what Dr. Bloom has discovered about desire and what we can and can't control. Susie and Paul discuss pornography and why it is so arousing. They also talk about sperm wars and why American men have such large testicles.
Famous for taking her readers to undiscovered places, Susie Bright has changed the rules for writing about sex. Erotica is no longer under-the-covers reading; it's thrilling literature that showcases the best writing around.
"Worth a listen"
Here it is! Susie's list of the top sex stories from 2012, featuring a few laughs, a few cringes, and a lot of "speaking truth to power". Her list of 20 includes news stories, books, films, and situations that made an impact on our sexuality last year. From the unprecedented number of states that passed gay-marriage laws to the busting of the actor who played Elmo, Susie covers a wide range of sex-related issues. And on the lighter side, Susie reveals her favorite sexy TV shows, music albums, and hot, hot, hot movies.
The 10th anniversary edition of The Best American Erotica includes the most esteemed and lascivious writers at work today. Dorothy Allison explores the wonderful, mysterious abilities of the human hand, and Zane's corporate tigress plays mind games that make other office shenanigans look like mere games of Candyland.
Listen to all 52 episodes of the 11th season of In Bed with Susie Bright. Susie digs deep into sex secrets and controversies that influence all of our lives. All IBWSB shows feature frank discussions and questions about what happens behind closed doors.
Ho, ho, ho.... Susie is off this week to celebrate the holidays. But she wants you to enjoy a show from 2008, when Susie responded to her overflowing mailbag of listener questions. Usually we tackle one question per show, but today we're playing catch up as we hear from five people looking for Susie's help. The topics vary from female ejaculation and vaginal health to how a massage can lead to getting it on. Susie also answers a letter that asks for advice about domination.
In The Best American Erotica, Volume 11, we learn about the very first penis in science-fiction hotshot Geoffrey Landis's bawdy fairy tale; Touré's breathless prose poem sets us up with an evening's worth of erotic visitors; and in Jerry Stahl's story, a man recalls his boyhood fascination with his mother's friends and their elaborate undergarments.
"Sliver of quiver"
In this collection, Broadway superstar Alan Cumming tells of the deep knowing offered by one stranger to another after casual sex; in science-fiction hotshot Geoffrey Landis' bawdy fairy tale, we learn about the very first penis; Touré's breathless prose poem sets us up with an evening's worth of erotic visitors; and in Jerry Stahl's story, a man recalls his boyhood fascination with his mother's friends and their elaborate undergarments.
To mark its 15th anniversary, and the very last edition of the series, the top-selling erotica anthology achieves a scorching new climax with a special edition showcasing standout stories from the entire series as well as never before published pieces - plus a hot and edgy piece from Susie Bright herself.
"Definitely pushes the envelope"
Susie speaks with author Jen Sincero about her new book You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. It's about how to stop wallowing in your own self-pity, take action, and lose the excuses. As a life coach, Jen has had a long history of dealing with kooky and great experiences, a history that enables her to make your life work for you. Susie also loves another of Jen's books: The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks. This is a fun conversation filled with lots of tidbits that will help you to get going.
This week's show starts off with a shocking idea: a married couple decides to have sex every night for a year! Susie reveals the details behind what was a very special birthday gift. An upcoming book, 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy, chronicles the story of a wife's offer of daily sex and how it changed and brought lust back into her relationship with her husband.
With the Academy Awards just around the corner, Susie looks at what has prompted some heated debates over the sex scenes in one of the nominated movies: Black Swan. Watching Natalie Portman masturbate and orgasm was hot to watch, but for some women, it caused a stir about the best way to get off. Susie says as long as you come, why criticize the method?
Included in this collection: "Rubenesque" by Magenta Michaels; "Brian's Bedroom" by Leigh Rutledge; "Serenade for Female with Fantasies" by Anne Marie Mardith; "Why" by Bob Flanagan; "Milk" by Michael Dorsey; and more.
If you can only have one audiobook of erotica on your listening device, this is it. From Susie Bright, the "grand dame" of erotica and the editor of The Best American Erotica series, comes this compelling collection, featuring 40 of the best and most relished contemporary erotic short stories to date.
Curious about open relationships? It's Susie's non-monogamy blow out! Susie knows first-hand the ins and outs of maintaining an open relationship. She starts by defining some commonly used relationship terms, including monogamy, cheating, adultery, marriage, and the phrase de jour, polyamory. Then, she answers a letter from a listener who says he might want a divorce unless he can convince his wife an open relationship won't ruin their marriage. Plus, Susie casts her vote for the hottest summer movie.
From public policy to private fantasies to the who's who of philosophers and boundary pushers, Susie explores the desires and sexual anxieties ticking beneath it all. Enjoy all 45 episodes. Each offers candid discussions of sex and sexuality as it threads through our lives with the viewpoint only Susie can bring. This 2016 collection features interviews with authors, journalists, and educators on some of the year's most compelling subjects.
We've all known someone on the Rachel Dolezal spectrum who uses downward mobility as ascension or escape. You'd rather not #AskRachel what it means to her to pass as black, but you can't turn away. Susie has many thoughts on this headline-grabbing story of a white girl who grew up with white fundamentalist missionary parents and then left them behind to live as a black activist.
Susie asks if you really need a hostage negotiator to tell someone you've given them an STD. Then, it's the end of an era. Susie lets you down easy about why she won't be giving one-on-one sex advice any longer.
Susie discusses the grinding backslide in abortion rights since the Trump administration has come into power. Then, it's "New on Audible": Dare to Stay: A Puppy Love Romance is the latest romance for animal lovers.
Susie calls it from north of the border - the inauguration, the protests, the threat of martial law. What did it look like from the outside? Then, from the mail bag: two 30-year-old men who've never been kissed and want to know how to talk to women.
Susie talks lesbian imagery and the male gaze with Taschen Books editor Dian Hanson. Then, it's "New on Audible". We listen to Tereska Torres's Women's Barracks, a lesbian pulp story that aimed at titillating men in the 1950s. At its core, though, this is a story of female liberation and sisterhood during World War II.
Susie boots 2016 out the door with a final look at the miscreants who rose to power and made a cage fight out of government this year. Ladies and gentlemen, it's the Golden Dukes. Then, In "New on Audible", it's Susan Faludi's In the Darkroom.
Susie has a show from 2014 for you to enjoy, featuring a juicy and complex epistle from her "Try This at Home" mailbag. Actually, there are two letters from a married couple who want to try an open marriage. They corresponded separately, detailing their concerns and desires. You’ll hear why the wife wants more, and then how the husband is excited but nervous about going from vanilla to raspberry chocolate pistachio and butter brickle with a cherry on the top.
Susie is away today, but here's a great show from 2015 that starts with a light-hearted look at "vagina steaming". What? According to actress Gweneth Paltrow, you "sit on essentially a mini-throne and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleans your uterus." Next, Susie looks at why the millennial generation is much more prudish then genXers.
Susie is off but wants you to enjoy an episode from 2011. Today's show is all about joysticks for Jacks and Jills. Susie interviews video gamer and erotic author Shanna Germain, who notes that many gamers are regular people - including plenty of female devotees. Shanna and Susie talk about how sex finds its way into some popular programs and why it is considered a game "reward". And are there queer and bisexually themed games? This discussion goes way beyond Lara Croft!
Susie is off today, but wants you to enjoy this show from 2010. The Canadian courts now say whores have the right to run a lawful business. Next, "Charlie", a retired physician, gets into the sexual confession booth with Susie. Then, from the mailbag: "How come I'm getting a migraine headache just as I'm about to orgasm? Help!"
In this episode, Susie looks at a sex shop's dildo nativity scene that has the local church in a tizzy. Next, naughty Scottish Gaelic verse is fleshing out a literary history long overlooked. Plus hot Mike Pence is raising money for Planned Parenthood. And finally, from the mailbag: Is there a guide to sex just for teens?
In this episode, Susie talks about heartbeats and hellhounds in the ladies room: the anti-abortion laws have gone completely baroque. Next, a new survey of asexuals proves that when it comes to the erotic mind, the universal fantasies remain. And finally, from the mailbag: sexy holiday gift-giving dos and don'ts.
Ever wondered why theres no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly true to life.
"Inspiring, thought provoking and very well crafted"
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley details a beautiful erotic interlude in an otherwise sordid real estate deal; Mary Gaitskill celebrates the unexpected ardor of one middle-aged couple; Steve Almond reminisces about the best one-man/three-girl Ecstasy party ever; Nelson George recounts the erotic escapades that befall a young man who accompanies a celebrity athlete when he picks up a gaggle of girls; and Carol Queen explores the joys of making love with summer fruit.
Welcome to the "girl-talk" you thought you'd never hear in public! Susie (52) and Aretha Bright (19) are a mother/daughter team of columnists from Jezebel.com, whose readers flooded them with explicit dilemmas about sexual pleasures and disasters, body issues, dating, relationships, and young marriage. If you want cutting-edge sex advice that goes beyond pregnancy-and-disease-control - if you’re ready to hear family conversations about sex that are real and refreshing this is the book for you.
"Witty & wise girl talk, no holds barred"
Susie Bright is one of America's most vocal sex-positive advocates. This collection of 22 sketches written during the first 12 years of her daughter's life covers a variety of topics: her daughter's questions at school when she's asked to describe what her mom does for a "job", how nudists age, the strange future of porn, the ruin of most sex advice, real life non-monogamy stories - and even a recipe for cherry pie.
In the 14th edition of this seductive series, erotica's veterans and up-and-coming new writers join forces to explore how tantalizing crossing the so-called Lolita gap between youth and middle age can be.
"the voice acting was not mood setting"
This is the ideal collection for all lovers of first-rate erotic literature. Edited by Susie Bright, whom the Utne Reader calls "one of the leading thinkers and visionaries of our time", this third annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
Susie Bright is a sexual liberationist of the highest order. The Sexual State of the Union includes essays about dirty pictures and porn, lesbian marriage and lesbian murder, lesbian men and switching genders, vibrators, and the longevity of feminism. The writing is crisp, intelligent, and provocative; there is sure to be something that will make you cheer as well as something that will deeply offend you.
"go audiobook on this one"
From Susie Bright, America's most outrageous and outspoken chronicler of the nation's sexual practices, comes this volume of the crème de la crème of erotic literature of 1999. Edited by Bright, whom the San Francisco Chronicle describes as "the X-rated intellectual" and The New York Times hails as "the voice of sweet reason and literacy", this sixth annual edition of a best-selling series is sure to satisfy old fans and leave newcomers begging for more.
For this special edition, Susie Bright has gathered human sexuality in all its diversity: pleasure and desire in all its forms. Featuring erotic stories by: Bret Easton Ellis, Poppy Z. Brite, William Harrison, Michelle Tea, Aimee Bender, and Molly Weatherfield.
In The Best American Erotica 2001, Marge Piercy introduces us to the nerd kid sex club, Nathan Englander explores the addictive power of a peep show, Jerry Stahl relates a dare from an extremely demanding girlfriend, and Dani Shapiro proves the difference between the fantasy and the reality of losing your virginity.
"I guess erotica is not my thing."
This is the ideal collection for all lovers of first-rate erotic literature. Edited by Susie Bright, whom the Utne Reader calls "one of the leading thinkers and visionaries of our time", this fifth annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
"Disappointing at most"