Archive for January, 2011
Here it is! Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has just debuted the book trailer for the brand new anthology Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex. The trailer, embedded below, contains excerpts of the authors themselves reading from their Gotta Have It stories. Watch/listen for the tantalizing snippets and sultry voices of, in addition to Rachel herself, Andrea Dale, Shanna Germain, Jeremy Edwards, Helia Brookes, and Donna George Storey, along with yours truly and a number of others! The full list of trailer contributors is listed below it.
Gotta Have It is on sale now at Amazon and these retailers!
“After Ten Years”
“Meet Me In The Kitchen”
“Wasn’t It Good”
“Dining In The Dark”
“No Blame, No Shame”
“The Advantage of Working From Home”
“A Forced Witness”
Rachel Kramer Bussel
“Over The Line”
Donna George Storey
-from “Suggestion” (as read in the book trailer)
I’m very excited to read this book, positively loaded with incredible authors, as well as have my own story, “Suggestion,” included in the table of contents. The full lineup/table of contents is listed on the book’s website too, and my understanding is the book trailer is coming soon. I’ll post it here when I see it!
In the meantime, I’m eagerly awaiting my author copy of Gotta Have It—I can hardly wait to read this big collection of little sexy stories!
“The Anti-Male, Anti-Sex Falsehoods That Rule Discussions about Porn and Sexuality” by Tana Ganeva (Sex and Culture, Gender) 1/21/11
Given what seems to me the commonplace and generally-accepted-without-questioning nature of many of the perceptions of supposed “evils” of pornography, especially in relation to assumptions based on gender and sexuality, I appreciate seeing articles like this that explain perspectives beyond these societally unquestioned (and, it seems to me, fear-based) notions and why sometimes the complaints and assumptions about pornography are reinforcing the very views they profess to lament.
“Porn Sex Ed” by Kathleen Bradean (Memoir, Sexuality Education) 9/27/10
I love this lighthearted lesson from Ms. Bradean about what she learned from watching porn in high school. (I am especially, of course, partial to #7!)
“Film Debut” by Juliet Anderson (Memoir) Undated
Famous pornographic performer Juliet “Aunt Peg” Anderson died last year. In perusing this website dedicated to her after I read of the news, I found this short autobiographical account of her debut in pornographic films that struck me as inspiring, delightful, and uplifting. (I related to it as well.) I’m not sure why it’s seemed so hard for some people to understand that this is not some impossibility in porn, but I found her description lovely—and something I would love for the general population to read.
Note: The topic being “Politics” this week is not in direct connection with the recent tragedy in Arizona. Politics had been in the queue as a potential subject for a few weeks, and while it was upon reading the third installment of today’s selection that I felt moved to choose it right now, this post overall is not representative of any commentary from me on that event (indeed, the other two selections were written before it occurred and are not related to it at all).
“To the Oklahoma Lawmakers: poem” by Lauren Zuniga (Recommended Watch, Reproductive Rights) 5/4/10
This video is the performance of a poem in response to the proposed Oklahoma state legislation requiring that women requesting an abortion be shown an ultrasound of the fetus by a health care provider before they may receive one. As a reproductive rights activist, I have been aware of this kind of legislation in various states and was aware specifically of the emergence of this example when it was reported on. This video strikes me as stark and intense as well as poignant and affecting.
“The National Portrait Gallery Betrays Constitutional Principles” (Censorship, Free Speech, Religion) 12/3/10
That the National Portrait Gallery chose to remove a display due to pressure from a particular religious faction seems dismaying to me. I deeply appreciate this commentary in response from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).
“Dim Bulb of the Week: It’s a Massive Three Way Tie!” at PostHumorous (Non-sex-related, Government and Culture, United States History) 1/12/11
I happen to have just included a post from this site in Recommended Reading a few weeks ago when the category was “Humor”…because that’s what this site usually contains. Today, however, the author posted an entry in the “serious” category—and it struck me so much that I wanted to share it here. (Note: I too am usually a fan of Keith Olbermann’s commentary.)