I was expecting neuro-biology. I couldn't listen more than ten minutes - the interviewer's lack of taste, gutter vocabulary and general vacancy of any redeeming grace were more than I could stand. One star is too high.
In this excerpt from In Bed with Susie Bright, Susie interviews Yale psychologist Paul Bloom about his fascinating best-selling book How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Paul and Susie talk about the pleasures of sex and how we perceive them.
"Interviewer lost the sale"
Mental illness, meet Match.com. Is casual flirtation being ruined by an epidemic of "crazy, armed, and dangerous"? Just imagine: You meet a guy at the coffee shop, and then friend him on Facebook, but he turns out to be too creepy, so you block him. Then he turns out to have targeted and killed other women just like you. Susie reads a blog entry from a woman who met a mentally ill man who "loved" Asian women to the point of obsession. When they wouldn't go out with him, he murdered them.
Today's show is all about queer lives and loves. The US Supreme Court has made it official, and now even the reddest of red states must recognize gay marriage. Forget about the fundamentalist's "God's will" argument against gay marriage, says Susie, and look at the money. Catholic blogger Simcha Fischer caught Susie's attention when she noted that if churches now discriminate against gays, they will lose their tax-exempt status, and therefore, money.
Susie spends the entire show with guest Daniel Bergner, whose book What Do Women Want? was on the New York Times best-seller list. The book is subtitled Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, and it disrupts the typical idea that women are more monogamous than men. Bergner's research also turns the tables on conventional thinking about women's desires and arousal.
Here at In Bed if someone says you "have a dirty mind" we call that a compliment! Today's guest, Nicholson Baker, has received that accolade and many more; The New York Times has even described him as "the mad scientist of smut". Susie and Nicholson talk about his steamy book House of Holes, which is filled with outrageous scenes of raunch, fantasy, and characters experiencing wild pleasures. What does happen when you give up your right arm in order to have a gigantic penis? This book is hot and a must-read, says Susie.
A landmark court ruling in Japan has stated that, since prostitution in their country is a business transaction, wives can't claim it as adultery. So why is this a big deal? Japanese wives are entitled to monetary compensation when their husbands have mistresses. Susie is torn about this: She's sympathetic to prostitutes being able to earn their livelihoods, but this does take power away from Japanese women. The court ruling was issued...yes, by a man.
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.
The good news: gay marriage is making revolutionary gains. The bad news: abortions and birth control pills are harder to come by. Susie takes a look at the legal battles over reproductive rights and marriage equality to see what lessons we can learn from the court cases. At the heart of the issue is whether privacy trumps equality - or is it the other way around?
Let's meet Gosnell Duncan, the man who, in the 1960s, redesigned and improved dildos by making them female friendly. Our hero was a former dancer and ladies' man who became paralyzed but still wanted to enjoy sex. Susie became friends with Duncan back when she was working at the sex-toy store Good Vibrations. She reads from a Bitch magazine article by Hallie Lieberman that details the history of the dildo. The journey from clunky rubber contraptions to sleek and safe silicone devices took many years, but Duncan was a tireless entrepreneur.
Time for your history lesson on the origins of the female clitoris. That's right, Susie has a detailed look, beginning in ancient times and moving through to the present day, on the absurd idea that the clit is evil or witchcrafty or that it's really just an unimportant body part. Susie reads from an article in the Huffington Post by writers Carina Kolodny and Amber Genuske, who tell what the anatomists, psychologists, and neurologists have written throughout the ages about this important female pleasure center.
Susie starts off the show with a light-hearted look at vagina steaming. What's that, you ask? According to actress Gweneth Paltrow, the way it works is that you "sit on, essentially, a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleans your uterus." This is an Americanized version of a centuries-old Korean tradition called chai-yok, and Susie loves to indulge in this spa treatment. She reads from a humorous essay by Laura Hopper Beck on the author's experience with one of these cleanses.
A long-standing tradition in China of hiring strippers to perform at funerals is now illegal, but the shows continue to take place. Authorities want it to stop, but in mostly rural areas, it's still common to have scantily clad girls singing and dancing for the mourners. Susie reads from an interview with documentarian Marc Moskowitz, who has written about these funerals, as well as producing a film called Dancing for the Dead.
In 18th-century London, a man named Jack Harris published an annual guide entitled Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, which noted the ladies' skills at prostitution. If you've ever used a Zagat or Frommer's guide, or Consumer Reports, you have an idea of how popular Harris's list must have been. Susie reads from a New Yorker article by Nicola Twilley that details how the guide evolved and who made it onto the selective list.
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"
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.
Does the term "forcible rape" make your head spin sideways? Why is sexual sadism the new black in US politics? Susie delves into that issue this week - and she is spitting mad. In our current political arena, there's a new kind of pervert: the lawmaker who's a sadistic, vicious psycho who isn't afraid to defend his position. He feels entitled and proud of it. Outrageous! Susie reads from an article in The New Yorker called "The Legitimate Children of Rape".
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 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 features vibrators, orgies - and hickeys. Susie introduces a story by one of her favorite authors, Greta Christina, who wrote about what she learned at her first orgy. Susie reads the steamy stuff about the actual orgy, but it's the revelations in the lessons learned from that day that are juicier.
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.
You've heard the tips for women, now Susie advises men on how to ruin their sex lives. Follow these pointers and you'll be rock hard where it counts the most - on the inside. Susie's summer challenge winners are in and it's time for the most underreported sex story of the year. Susie's got a letter from a man who loves sex but can't orgasm with a partner.
Fair is fair. Don't miss Susie's Sex-Life Ruining Tips for Women.
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.
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 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.
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"
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.
"Hi, I'm Susie and I have herpes." You don't? What? Well, you're in the minority says Susie and it's well past time for everyone to get over herpes - their own or their lover's. Susie answers everything you ever wanted to know about herpes and much more in her first segment. Then, talk of more golden ticket giveaways leads us down the path of golden showers. Finally, in the mailbag, Susie offers some timely advice to a woman caught in a military love triangle.
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"
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"
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.
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 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 third annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
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 fourth annual edition of a best-selling 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.
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"
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"
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.