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?
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 talks to author and scholar Laura Kipnis about her new book Unwanted Advances, which looks at Title IX in higher education and its effect on sexual paranoia and free speech.
What's the real scoop about cannabis and smoking-hot sex? All is revealed in an article entitled "High Satisfaction" at Nerve.com. Susie reads from Kate Hakala's story, and she reviews the effects of combining weed and sex. Think about what pot does: loosening inhibitions, relaxing one's state of mind, and inducing neurochemical pleasure. Combine that with sex, and fun stuff might well happen. There's not much research on the topic, but stoners will attest that these two activities go hand in hand.
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.
In our ongoing "Tell Me Your Sex Story" segment, we meet a listener who became famous when she went head-to-head against a cantankerous Tea Party Republican. It was Melissa, a Post Office employee who kept her cool as Congressman Joe Walsh went berserk at a local "meet and greet". (Check it out on YouTube.) Susie and Melissa talk about sexual politics, government corruption, and just what happens to mail carriers when the homeowner wants more than just letters delivered.
Emergency contraception pills like Plan B and RU-486 have helped women block unwanted pregnancies effectively. Today, Susie takes a look at the many morning-after choices - and a newly approved, but not yet available, pill called "Ella" - to see how they all measure up. All brands are effective, but price and timing are key to which option might be best for you.
"Useful information on an important topic"
Actor Michael Douglas recently claimed that oral sex caused his throat cancer. Susie reads from an article in The Guardian newspaper that reveals some candid facts about the Hollywood bigwig. Douglas says that HPV, human papillomavirus, is what did him in. Susie takes a more skeptical look at his claims, saying cunnilingus doesn't cause cancer. Susie also looks at the HPV vaccine and how the sexually transmitted HPV virus can be spread.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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"
Still looking for something for your valentine? Don't despair - Susie has recommendations for all the traditional V-Day gifts - flowers, yes; chocolate, maybe; diamond genital leash, big yes. Susie wonders if there really are secret sex tips that only the pros know. She offers her three biggest recommendations for making your sex life soar. In her mailbag, Susie answers questions about the pleasures of masturbation, wearing women's panties, and the locked up secrets of the male chastity belt.
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.
In Bed with Susie Bright always offers tips for greater sexual pleasure, but this week it's an intense look at the often misunderstood world of the clitoris and women's pleasure. Susie talks with sexuality scholar and author Rebecca Chalker about her book, The Clitoral Truth. Chalker is a member of the Federation of Feminist Women's Health and has been a pioneer in promoting ways for women to redefine their sexuality to emphasize full body pleasure. As you can imagine, Susie's a fan.
This week's show kicks off Susie's San Francisco interview series. First up is Veronica Monet, a prostitute who is also an avowed feminist, a loving wife, and a professional speaker. Veronica talks with Susie about how she got into hooking, why she stays in it, and what she's learned. She also shares her list of etiquette tips when calling an escort service. And, in this week's Try This at Home mailbag, Susie answers a man who wants to hang out in the nude (with others) before he dies.
Susie is ready to scream! A recent study once again shows that women are not reaching orgasm nearly as often as men. It's not fair! Susie looks at the role of oral sex in this unfortunate gap between men's and women's pleasure. Seems like there is a lot more giving head and less eating pussy happening these days.
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.
Susie looks at a new study showing why Americans are having less sex then ever. Next, a map that shows all the names given to syphilis before it was "syphilis" doubles as a guide to national prejudice. And finally, it's "New on Audible": a very special edition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
Susie breaks down the political scandal of the year: Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley's sordid affair and resignation. Who knew voting rights could be so kinky? Next, we examine the obit of the psychologist who coined the phrase "homophobia". And finally, it's "What's on Audible". Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower is the warning, and the hope, we need right now.
Susie wants to know where all the spy-cam vibrator data is ending up. Then, she reads a prescient tale of the ultimate chastity belt: Amelia Copeland's "His Little Plan Backfired".
Susie looks at the over-the-top sex high-up officials in the Italian Catholic Church appear to be having. Next, in the 1950s, the queer youth of Philadelphia found each other on American Bandstand. And finally, it's "New on Audible": Lodro Rinzler has some practical advice for overcoming heartbreak in Love Hurts.
Susie finds herself in the magazine she's always dreamed of.... Next, straight girls have fewer orgasms than anyone else on earth - and why that's funny, tragic, and infuriating. And finally, from the mailbag: A listener asks why all the abortion arguments focus on life and death situations and not elective abortions.
Susie talks to novelist James Grainger. His book Harmless explores sex and masculinity in the aging Gen-X crowd. How do you write one sex scene to thrill and another to horrify? Titillation and sexual reality; threading the needle.
Susie has an inmate conversation with author Juan F. Thompson, son of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who was a friend of Susie's. Juan was the one person Hunter trusted completely. They talk about the nitty-gritty of Hunter's greatest struggles with writing, his sexual point of view, what it meant to him to be a man in full, and living up to a mythic, impossible, reputation.
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.
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!"
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.
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"
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.
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 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"
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sexual Reality marks Susie Bright's return to politics and passion, jealousy and risk - in an intimate look at the human sexual condition. Chapters include: "The Story of O Birthday Party", "Strip Tea: A Most Unusual Tea Party", "Undressing Camille Paglia", "Egg Sex: Pregnancy and a Mother's Sex Life", "Blindsexual: What Every Bisexual Needs to Know", and "When 'No' Means 'I Didn't Know It Would Be Like This'".
"Uneven but interesting"
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"
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.