Overall id say this was a waste of a credit, the voices are bad and the stories are bad.
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.
Are you familiar with the term "tossing salad" when it means something other than mixing the lettuce for dinner? If not, here's a vocabulary tip: hipsters use this phrase to mean eating booty, or anilingus. Susie reads from a Gawker article by Tyrone Palmer that details recent hip-hop stars' declarations of liking to "eat da booty". Citing many rappers, this article shines a positive light on what Susie says is a delightful pleasure that has been stigmatized as dirty - and as a line that shouldn't be crossed - and that means you are gay. Next, a headline: Men Who Make Virginity Pledges as Teens Struggle with Sex Once Married. Susie finds this research, from livescience.com, to be understandably true - and sad.
Van Barnes is an actor and producer, known for being a transgender spokesperson. Susie had the chance to interview Van this summer while she was in the middle of production on the new Amazon TV series Transparent. Van has lots of great behind-the-scenes stories for us about working on the show. Susie also has a follow-up interview with Van, in which he explains how life is going now that season one is being watched, critiqued, and reviewed. What has been the audience's response? You'll hear lots of fun, sexy tidbits from Van and Susie.
You may not know author Terry Southern's name, but you know his work. He wrote the screenplays for Dr. Strangelove, Barbarella, and Easy Rider, to name just a few. Susie is a big fan of his writing and was especially blown away when she read his 1970 book Blue Movie. It's a satirical novel about making a high-budget porn film featuring big-name stars. On today's show, Susie shares some of the audiobook edition, which she narrated! We'll hear Susie read from the beginning part of the book - a fun and sexy listen.
Have you heard about Transparent, Amazon's new original TV series? Susie says it's the most taboo-breaking sexuality-related TV show ever. The characters include a trans-gendering dad, a traditionally married daughter (who has just reconnected with her former girlfriend, a lesbian), a son who sleeps with a different woman every night, and the youngest daughter, who is into drugs and three-way sexcapades. Susie has been working with the cast and crew to create audio interviews that take us behind the scenes of season one, and she has a preview for you.
On today's show, you'll meet a transgendered listener in our "Tell Me Your Sex Story" segment. Susie and "Allie" talk about what it was like growing up as a male and then transitioning to female. This very frank discussion covers how her orgasms changed when she went from penis to clit, how her libido disappeared during hormone-replacement therapy, and what it was like to feel sexual as she changed genders.
"Touched a spot for me again."
Can we ever have too much sex? Can we ever love someone too much? On today's show, Susie discusses the difference between healthy and addictive love. She speaks with author Rachel Resnick about her book Love Junkie: A Memoir, which lists three red flags that may indicate someone is a love addict. Do you have one destructive relationship after another? When you fall in love, do you let all the other parts of your life go to hell? Do your relationships ruin your wallet, your friends, and your own peace of mind? Yikes, everyone can learn something from this discussion.
Susie is off this week,but has a great encore show for you. She speaks with sex educator Cory Silverberg about his new book for kids: What Makes a Baby? Susie says this is a must-have for every sex-positive family. Cory's book discusses the "where do we come from" question, and he doesn't give the usual mom-and-dad or bible story. Susie and Cory talk about why most kids' books take the sugary syrupy approach to talking about sex, and they look at what kinds of families are ready for early sex education.
This just in from the BBC…The Orgasmatron! It is what it sounds like: a small machine that can give you endless pleasure. So why don't we all have one? Susie takes a look at the story, the device, and the doctor who invented it. The gadget, which gets wired to the spine, was developed for helping people with chronic pain, but some patients experienced intense sexual stimulation while they were hooked up. Wow, what a way to get rid of all those horrible aches and pains!
It's an outdated notion that only men will pay to have sex. What has changed in the past decade that makes more women okay with paying for escorts and sexual encounters? Susie will shed some light on the "why" as she reads from an article in the Sydney Herald. Written by Matty Silver, the story uncovers the many reasons, ranging from career women wanting privacy about their sex lives, to others simply wanting an arranged tryst rather then meeting someone at a bar. Go, women, go!
Today Susie speaks with legendary author Walter Mosley. His new book Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore is about a woman who's had it with the porn industry. Mosley may be best known for his best-selling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. Susie asks Walter about how he researched this book and how he knows about porn. They also talk about exploitation, black identity, sex work, writing for Hollywood, "sexistential" novels, and how to stay young as you get old.
Today's show is an homage to Christian Mann, an erotic-film producer who was a mentor to Susie and the producer of Edward PenisHands, the best porn parody ever! Christian was a second-generation sex-film entrepreneur. His father, Kurt Mann, created the first wrestling mags, nudie mags, and stag-film productions. Like his father, Christian went on to innovate in the adult-entertainment business around multi-cultural and black sex movies. Susie and Christian were friends, and Susie has many fun stories and memories to share with you.
On today's show, Susie interviews Anne Elizabeth Moore about her investigation of prostitutes and NGOs in Cambodia. There's more than one con game afoot. Susie has been following Anne's blog Truth Out, where she and Leela Corman have profiled, in comic-strip form, the problems of women in Cambodia. Susie and Anne talk about the "culture of quiet": NGO's discouraging of women from sharing their stories, because that causes shame.
Susie Bright, one of America's best-known sexperts, addresses the sexual politics of the day's news, reviews recent movies and erotic books, answers your sex and relationship questions, and more in this exclusive AudibleOriginal®. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Not what I expected"
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?
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"
For Adults Only: Explicit language. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
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"
Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on our blessings, and Susie shares some of the many letters from In Bed listeners she's received listing what they were thankful for in their sex lives this past year. The responses are fun and range from a new mattress that offers many exciting adventures to being grateful for living in New Zealand, because it is such a sensible and open-minded society.
Susie's guest this week is Esther Perel, author of the bestselling, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic. In this fascinating interview, Esther and Susie compare notes on what type of advice works for couples that are experiencing bed death. Esther says too many people forget they have to do their part to keep sex alive within long term relationships, including respecting your partner's sex life that's independent of the relationship.
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.
"Don't waste your money"
The Best American Erotica 1995 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.
Today, Susie has an interview with Eric Schaefer, author of Sex Scene: Media and the Sexual Revolution. Professor Schaefer teaches at Emerson College in the Visual and Media Arts Department. His new book looks at exploitation and sexploitation within films, tabloids, novels, and audio recordings. Chapters include "Wet Dreams", "Porn Goes to College", "Beefcake to Hardcore", and "33 1/3 Sexual Revolutions Per Minute", to name a few. Susie and Eric discuss the origins of X ratings, Jane Fonda's movie orgasms, Swedish erotica, Russ Myer's nudies, and more.
Why is a new AIDS preventative pill under attack? Truvada has been dubbed a party drug by conservatives, who see it as an aid to continuing risky sex, rather than something to help people with HIV. Susie reads from Out magazine's article "Why I Am a Truvada Whore". This tongue-in-cheek story shows how mixed up the debate is and likens the fear of HIV protection to the 1960s-era fear of giving birth-control pills to unmarried couples.
Susie is off this week but wants you to enjoy a show from 2005! In this encore edition, Susie's mailbag was just overflowing with great mail, and she answered a few of the choicest letters.
Susie hears a juicy sex dispatch from a listener in North Dakota regarding a sex columnist recenty fired from the local student paper. Then, after years of debunking tantric sex, Susie's finally found a book that makes the practice seem down-right interesting, at least historically. It's called Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion by Hugh Urban and Susie reads part of the preface as well as the larger-than-life story of Chogyam Trungpa.
Here's your chance to enjoy all 48 episodes of In Bed with Susie Bright from 2008.
The porn police have raided their own jail cells! That's right; prisoners are losing the privilege of subscribing to adult magazines like Playboy or Hustler. What's all the fuss? asks Susie. Is porn really a problem in correctional institutions? It is in the state of Connecticut, or so they say - a new ban is set to limit porn by not allowing prisoners to receive such photos or magazines. But literary porn in books is still okay. Susie says they've got it all wrong!
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!"
Susie Bright is the fearless boundary crosser of contemporary erotica, and The Best American Erotica 2005 features stories of unprecedented literary pedigree and a stunning breadth of imagination.
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"
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 2004, 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.
"Sliver of quiver"
The Best American Erotica 1997 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 bestselling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
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"
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."
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"
Prepare to enter an erogenous zone. In The Best American Erotica 2002, Jane Smiley illustrates the singular escapism found in the gentlest caress, Maggie Estep relates the surprising sexual happenings in a detox clinic, Francesca Lia Block explores the aquatic fantasies haunting a surfer, and Ernie Conrick introduces a tennis star and sex symbol who surrenders to an unusual coach.
Flasher is the story of a one-time hippie love pirate, slum goddess, a Ruby Tuesday of the '60's who mutated into a blossoming writer on the Lower East Side art scenes in 1990's. When our feminist Bukowski meets a sculptor who designs fetishwear at a New Years Day party, her life changes and becomes a consideration of the values and costs of love and friendship, sexual freedom (is there such a thing?), and the importance of family - real and inherited.
Susie Bright celebrates the first amendment, lesbianism, single motherhood, and fantasizes an eventful night with Dan Quayle in this uninhibited and quirky collection of essays, articles, and book reviews written over the past few years. Offbeat and sexy, Bright defends Madonna, attacks Dr. Ruth, and is snubbed by Camille Paglia herself in this rather amazing and outspoken collection.
In The Best American Erotica 2002, Maggie Estep relates the surprising sexual happenings in a detox clinic, Francesca Lia Block explores the aquatic fantasies haunting a surfer, and Ernie Conrick introduces a tennis star and sex symbol who surrenders to an unusual coach. In these 23 stories you will also find cutting-edge work from other luminaries and from the Internet, where the next wave of erotica has matured into some of the most enticing writing around.
"Not the best..."
The Best American Erotica 1996 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 fourth annual edition of a bestselling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year, including peculiarly dark and dangerous takes, as well as cutting-edge forays into the world of cybersex.