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Books, writing, travel, art, randomness. For more information, visit www.rachelkramerbussel.com and my calendar for upcoming events in Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Maine), Chicago, Milwaukee and NYC. I'm also teaching an online 4-week erotica writing class for LitReactor starting October 16, 2014. See also Cupcakes Take the Cake and the possibly NSFW Lusty Lady. Check out my latest erotica anthologies Hungry for More, The Big Book of Submission and The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories. rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com

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Sex is weird. Sex, we like to think, is this grand intimate experience of skin upon skin, naked mucous membranes pressing rhythmically together in the joint pursuit of metaphysical pleasure. If it’s not that, it’s this atavistic primal dance, this gutter utterance of primordial urges so ancient they’ve yet to be named. Or it’s the perverse play of sybarites, sating sophisticate appetites through the calculated release of…whatever.

Sex, we like to think, follows a clear narrative. Sex is a story we like to tell — to ourselves in the cadenced solitary squelching of a Wednesday night, to friends in anecdotes, in the guidance we give to our kids, should we have any. We like to imagine sex holds inherent dramatic structure. To our cinematic thinking, sex has a recognizable beginning, middle, and an end — usually climactic, often celebratory but sometimes unsatisfying. Even Aristotle would recognize the dramatic arc of your average everyday pornos.

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Pillow Talk Secrets: Details, Details, Details…

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Pillow Talk Secrets: Details, Details, Details…

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the next round of Pillow Talk Secrets! Today, Malin James, Tamsin Flowers and I—your host for the day, Jade A. Waters—have some major details to discuss…physical details, that is. The question is, how much physical description is “ideal” in erotica, and is it the same for readers as it is for writers?

We are so delighted you’ve joined us—so without further ado, let’s talk…

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Being a reader doesn’t mean always reading, and it doesn’t mean only reading. A dear friend of mine often says that books make us gluttons for life, and while I don’t attribute my desire to do non-book things on this vacation to any specific thing I’ve read, I know in my bones that reading both makes me more curious about the world and gives me a greater desire to engage with the people around me.

Sometimes, I need to not read.
— from Vacation Reading, or A Vacation From Reading by Rebecca Joines Schinsky (via bookriot)

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