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?
Want to hear how it all started? Here's your chance to enjoy all 51 episodes of the premiere year of In Bed with Susie Bright from 2001.
"Start with the Fundementals?"
Each week Susie answers a letter from a listener. Today's show puts the spotlight on our "Try This at Home" mailbag, in which a loyal listener writes that she was bothered by a recent show when Susie spoke about the best positions for sex - but only for heterosexuals. What about us lesbians? says our letter writer. Well, Susie has a lot of great advice for everyone, so today, here they are: tips for homosexuals.
Oh, oh... according to a recent article, we are all going to be subjected to kinky, non-monogamous, and pornographic sex from now on - no more normal sex! What? Although this may sound delightful, what happened? Susie reads "The End of Normal Sex", an article by Marty Klein, who lays out the religious right's and repressive government's take on how we're all going to hell.
On this week's In Bed, depression cures and libido killers. What do you do when the very drug that stops you from killing yourself also robs you of every sexual sensation? Then, Susie has the lowdown on Canadian sexual humor and her Montreal fantasy workshop, "For F--k's Sake".
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 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.
Susie's guest is Veronica Vera, founder and dean of "Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to be Girls" and the author of Miss Vera's Cross-Dress for Success. Susie met Miss Vera years ago and Susie's first glimpse into Miss Vera's copious collection of lacy underthings was a true introduction to Miss V's dedication to all things womanly. At her cross-dressing academy, men (and some women) sign up for classes to learn the fine arts of being a woman.
Today, Susie takes a look at a recent study about monogamy and young heterosexual couples. Seems that 40% of the pairs had a problem with straight talk on exclusivity. While one partner said he or she hadn't agreed to be sexually exclusive, the other partner thought they had. Wow! That's a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding in some intimate relationships. Susie wonders if taking a different approach to talking about commitment, love, and trust may help these couples find agreement.
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!"
Foreign languages and words can sound so exotic. Do you know what yuanfen or forelskt mean? Hint: they both refer to different aspects of love and are untranslatable. But Susie's friend, linguist Geoffrey Pullum, finds ways to show the exquisite meaning from 10 international sex and love words. Susie reads his story, and it is touching.
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.
Campus rape prevention and prosecution are in the news again, and some say it's a crisis. Others say it's a panic. Susie sees a chasm between ideal behavior and an informed understanding of human sexuality. She reads from an article by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education that lays out the real dilemma here: Many college students lack education about sexuality and are unprepared and insecure about sex.
On today's show, Susie looks at what's happening to "trans consciousness" these days. Like early gay liberation, which was smeared by vicious right-wingers but hailed by ultra-politically correct left leaners, the search for explaining transgender is on. And because it can be hard for the general public to make sense of real people who are trans, many love having a celebrity in the picture to help them embrace a confusing idea. Caitlin Jenner is our new trans role model, but Susie has a beef with America's choice of Caitlin.
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.
The award-winning TV show Transparent depicts what happens when a family member transgenders. Writer Sara Bibel has a few different insights about that experience, based on her own real-life dad, who transitioned when she was four years old. Susie reads from Bibel's article at xojane.com. Her memoir details the epic journey of a little girl who goes from not thinking that a dad wearing women's clothes is a big deal, to a young college preppie who shuts off all communication with her new "mom".
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.
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"
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.
On this week's In Bed, Susie looks at the state of today's porn industry - which looks nothing like it did 10 years ago. For one thing, it's based in the US…and for another, professional porn stars are all but nonexistent. The top porn fantasy is porn of an extinct era.
On this week's In Bed, Susie helps a listener who inadvertently rekindled an old flame via Facebook. Also, rape and kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is challenging Mormon teachings in unexpected ways. And then it's our "New on Audible" department. Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Sympathizer is the look at the Vietnam War we've all been waiting for - with literary erotic content no one else will tell you about!
On this week's In Bed, Susie remembers the outrageous side of Joani Blank, founder of Good Vibrations, sex educator, and Susie's first "boss" in the sex and publishing business. Next, Sunny Leone is a former porn mega-star - you've heard that before. But what you don't know is that she left American porn and is now the biggest fan hit ever - in G-rated Bollywood!
Susie is off this week, but she has a great show from 2009 for you to enjoy! Today's show features vibrators, orgies, and hickeys. Susie begins with some fabulous tips on how to hide an unexpected hickey. If you've ever had an illicit affair with an over-zealous romantic sucker, you know you've got to learn how to cover up the evidence.
On this week's In Bed, Susie remembers the last of the great muckrakers and bon vivants - Warren Hinckle. He gave Susie the big break that led directly to her writing career. Then, we look at Anthony Weiner's latest boner - if you can stand to, one more time. And finally, it's "What's New on Audible". Susie discusses Neal Cassady's The First Third.
On this week's In Bed, Susie talks to writer Charlotte Shane. Her recent article for Fusion, "The Painful Truth About Tight Vaginas", broke down cultural expectations and shed light on the harm done by Kegels.
Those crazy American evangelicals are at it again. Always trying to tell everybody else what to do, they've now decided to save Chinese teenagers from becoming sinners. Yes, it's true, the abstinence program heads to Beijing! Well, Susie has a few words to say about all this. It seems that the Focus on the Family group is behind trying to convert the entire planet to "just say no" to sex before wedlock.
On this week's In Bed, Susie looks at sex in space. Sorry Barbarella, it ain't that easy! Next, biologists have finally come up with a plausible theory for the evolution of female orgasm. And finally, it's "New on Audible". Chaos Monkeys both skewers Silicon Valley's work culture and gives a balanced assessment of how things work there.
On this week's In Bed, Susie talks to writer Steven Gaines. His memoir One of These Things First about growing up gay in Brooklyn and his time in the Payne Whitney psychiatric clinic has just been released. Then, it's "New on Audible". The Cigar Factory is a story of two families in South Carolina during the world wars.
On this week's In Bed, Susie assesses the fall of Roger Ailes, Fox News' chairman and CEO. Then we peak around the corner of Victorian England's Hollywell Street, home of the dirtiest smut in the empire. Lastly, it's "New on Audible". We'll listen to some of the audio edition of Tara Burns' The Collected Whore Diaries - the most truthful memoir on whoring and philosophy to grace Susie's screen.
On this week's In Bed, Susie reports on the Republican National Convention from Mexico. Hate in its many forms got its day. Then, it's "New on Audible". Matthew Weiner reads Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems. The inner world that O'Hara explored had a direct impact on Mad Men, the TV series Weiner created.
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.
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"
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"
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 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"
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.
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"
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.
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.
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"