Here is the year's best nonfiction writing on sex, for the first time expanded to include contributions from overseas. It includes an interview with Harry Reems of Deep Throat fame, essays on the growth of asexuality, the XXXChurch, "sexperts" and their lack of qualifications, sex in Japan, and alternative sexual practices. Publications featured include Wired, Salon.com, Village Voice, the Spectator, the Guardian (London), the Sunday Times (London), the Erotic Review (London), and more. The distinguised and varied list of contributors includes: Dave Barry (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist for the Miami Herald) on sex, men, and fruit flies; Nigel Planer (novelist and actor) on the sexual allure of Tahitian women; Ron Nyswaner (screenwriter on Philadelphia) on his sexual and emotional domination by a male hustler; Toni Bentley (former ballerina) on her obsession with anal sex; Steven Rinella (novelist and journalist) on his discomfort watching a friend's wife strip; Jeannette Angell (novelist and professor) on her experiences as an escort; Jonathan Margolis (novelist and author of The Intimate History of the Orgasm) on the obsession for orgasm; Sebastian Horsley (controversial British artist who underwent crucifixion as part of his art) on the benefits of no-strings, paid-for sex with prostitutes; and others.
Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a web TV channel Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the quirky side of London. Her books include "Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance;" "The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray;" "Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles);" "Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire;" "Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts;" "Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance;" "In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales;" "Getting Even: Revenge Stories;" "Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death;" "Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers;" and "Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto."
From Publishers Weekly
Szereto, whose books include Erotic Fairy Tales: A Romp Through the Classics
, tries to include something for everyone in this collection, from oral sex to anal, from a tribute to porn opponent Andrea Dworkin to an interview with porn star Harry Reems. There are explicit descriptions of sexual experiences, but it's not all fun and games: Sarah Klein examines the controversy around labioplasty and other vaginal cosmetic surgeries, and Steven Kurutz offers a sometimes hilarious article about the fallout from Alabama's incomprehensible outlawing of adult sex toys. There's even a Dave Barry essay about what horny men can learn from the male fruit fly. But not all readers will appreciate Polly Peachum's long-winded and self-satisfied discussion of the pleasures of being a submissive ("I think I assumed that all little kids dreamed of being chased naked in a circus arena by a swarm of bees trying to fly up their bottoms as the crowd laughed uproariously at such a shameful and painful predicament") or Jeannette Angell's smug account of being a college lecturer by day and call girl by night. It's all about sex, indeed—but much of it is far from erotic. (Dec. 13)
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