Contributors to this 13th installment in the series include Tom Perrotta, David Sedaris, Lynn Freed, and John Updike. Recently called "the avatar of American erotica" by "The New York Times," Bright is known nationwide as the woman who brought erotica in the mainstream, without dulling its edge.Contributors to this 13th installment in the series include Tom Perrotta, David Sedaris, Lynn Freed, and John Updike. Recently called "the avatar of American erotica" by "The New York Times," Bright is known nationwide as the woman who brought erotica in the mainstream, without dulling its edge.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2005-12-12 With raunchy cable TV and porn readily available, fiction has to go deep, so to speak, in order to compete. This book doesn't always score on hotness; what it does best is push mainstream boundaries. While there are pieces from David Sedaris, John Updike and Tom Perrotta, it's the lesser-knowns who, um, go the furthest, and their inclusion shows just how far the sexual revolution has come. "Fairgrounds" by Peggy Munson is narrated by a teen who is smitten with transvestite "Daddy Billy," a "boi" whose rubber member electrifies his charge as he takes her to a carnival and pretend-pimps her to another person with a "not-so-certain gender situation." There are other stories with similarly "involved" scenarios and positions on the gender and sexuality continuum-and liberatingly so. Bright, who has edited the series for more than 10 years, hosts the audible.com show In Bed; her intro notes that it was antiporn activist Andrea Dworkin who inspired her to "question authority, to fly to a new dimension." While this book isn't transportive all the way through, its spirit of adventure is consistent. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-12-16 There's always something for everyone in a Best American Erotica anthology, and this 10th anniversary edition of the long-running series serves up the usual "it takes all kinds" mlange. Edited once again by connoisseur Bright (Susie Bright's Sexwise), this collection features a soft-focus excerpt from Susanna Kaysen's memoir The Camera My Mother Gave Me as well as stories from relative unknowns exploring s&m, transgender issues and voyeurism. Greta Christina's "A Live One" is a seductive tale of a peep-show sex worker and her satisfying interaction with a customer behind glass. "Ponyboy" by James Williams showcases the world of submissive men ("ponies") and their "riders." Paula Bomer truly surprises with her combination of emotional honesty and raw sex in "Fucking His Wife, Four Months Pregnant with Their Third Child." In addition to 23 tales culled from various publications (including Penthouse, Paramour and Zyzzyva) over the last year, this collection also boasts two bonus features. Bright includes the results of an author questionnaire offering sociological data about 137 of the BAE contributors from the last decade: ages, occupations, colleges attended, hobbies enjoyed and crimes committed are candidly revealed along with contributors' thoughts about censorship, anonymity and the stigma attached to erotic writing. Bright has also surveyed readers to compile a list of the favorite 100 BAE stories of the past 10 years, five of which are reprinted here. This enormous range of subjects and styles is what makes the anthology shine, although some of the stories sacrifice good prose for steamy effects. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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