Saturday, June 21, 2008

Talking Raw at RAW

At Real Art Ways on Monday (June 23rd), several writers will be reading essays, stories and poems from a racy, raunchy, highly disturbed and family-unfriendly new anthology, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, published last week by Bloomsbury. The CT area writers participating include Dan Pope, Ravi Shankar, Lawrence Douglas, Mary Ann Tirone Smith, Thaisa Frank and Rand Cooper.

The event begins at 7 PM with cocktails. Readings follow at 7:30. You can read more at the Real Art Ways website:

  • Real Art Ways

  • Rand Cooper will provide additional juicy details, including some great reviews, below. This should be an evening like no other … He hopes you can, um, come!

  • Writers and Readers Readings from Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex

  • Antonya Nelson pays lip service to the blow job. Phillip Lopate ruminates on duration. Martha McPhee waxes poetic about hermaphrodites. From sexual relationships to sexual positions, from the classics to contemporary twists, Dirty Words collects the most titillating and provocative definitions of the most outlandish and often unspeakable sexual terms, as defined and explained by some of today's most exciting writers.

    School's out, but you can still expand your mind and possibly your repertoire by picking up Ellen Sussman's DIRTY WORDS: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex (Bloomsbury), offering essays, stories, and definitions on all things erotic. — Elle

    “’Orgy’ is a word that fills your mouth like a wild oyster that's just a little too big to (comfortably) swallow." That's one of many juicy -- or unpalatable, depending on your point of view-revelations in Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, edited by Ellen Sussman (Bloomsbury). This compendium of highly personal definitions runs the gamut from A, Adultery to W, Wet Dreams, and includes stories and essays by the likes of Joshua Furst (Cybersex), Patricia Marx (Vibrator), and Elissa Schappell (Exhibitionist).

    Among the stellar celibates listed under C, Celibacy: Isaac Newton, Carol Channing, Antoni Gaudí, and Sigmund Freud, who swore off sex from about the age of 41. This little book of predilections would have knocked him off his couch. — O magazine

    Ellen Sussman has compiled the outrageous book we all wish we could've snuck into our school bookbags. — Penthouse

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