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?
Today's show begins with a look into who Dan Savage is reading at bedtime, then we go with the Ayatollah under the bedsheets, and we wind up at a security check-in having naked musings with the guard....
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 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"
Susie begins today's show with a tribute to the late author and journalist Christopher Hitchens. Over a long career he was a regular columnist for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Slate. Susie found his writing and views on bisexuality to be unparalleled.
This week's show concentrates on one special topic that many listeners continue to have questions about: the G-Spot and women's orgasm. Yes, the Big O. Today's show will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about the illustrious G-Spot. Over the years, Susie has written books, interviewed authors, and answered many listeners' questions about just what is the female G-Spot.
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!"
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"
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.
Susie starts off today's show with a look at a comic strip that takes on the "Orientation Police". That's right - it's those annoying people who have a problem with someone else's sexual orientation, and they have to make sure you know about it! Cartoonist Bill Roundy has Susie in stitches as she reads aloud his comic about dating transgendered men. She also describes his funny drawings.
"Just what I needed tonight - what an amazing woman"
Susie tries to make sense of legislator Bob Allen's wildly irrational explanation for his recent arrest on sexual solicitation charges in a public restroom. Next, in another New York City interview, Susie speaks with transgender author, playwright, and performance artist Kate Bornstein. Susie and Kate discuss Bornstein's latest book, Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws, as well as gender hierarchy and depression.
Susie is off this week and wants you to enjoy a New York City interview she had in 2007 with transgender author, playwright, and performance artist Kate Bornstein. But first, Susie tries to make sense of legislator Bob Allen's wildly irrational explanation for his arrest on sexual solicitation charges in a public restroom.
Asexuals, bachelors, and hookers have the spotlight on today's show. Susie answers a question from a listener who wants to know if there is an unspoken etiquette for Lot Lizard's at the local truckstop: "How can I be sure the prostitute is legit?"
Susie's guest is Jen Sincero, author of the hilarious and wise The Straight Girls' Guide to Sleeping with Chicks. Jen and Susie share notes on the thrills of sleeping with women and offer tips on how you too can make your sexual fantasies a reality. Then, in the mailbag, Jen Sincero sticks around to help Susie with a letter from a man who says he'd do just about anything to help his wife get in touch with her sexual fantasies.
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 is off this week, but she wants to revisit an interview she had 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 book looks at exploitation and sexploitation within films, tabloids, novels, and audio recordings.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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"
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 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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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."