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Best Sex Writing 2013
The State of Today's Sexual Culture
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Selected and Introduced by Carol Queen
ISBN: 9781573448994
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
5 1/2 x 8
212 pages
April 16, 2013


“If I had to compare this book to a physical object, it would be a box of chocolates. But not fluffy, easy chocolates – I’m not talking Russell Stover, here. I’m talking complex chocolates, probably with liqueur in them. The kind you get from the tiny chocolate shop housed in a barn that you drive a bunch out of your way to go taste. Each chocolate is filled with nuance and undertone, with complex flavors with which you need to spend time. These kinds of chocolates are the kind you need to eat slowly, break apart, analyze. Enjoy one at a time.” —Autostraddle

"This literary and entertaining volume serves as a sexual almanac, mapping the ever changing topography of America's sensual landscape." —Creative Loafing Tampa

"Best Sex Writing 2013 is a step in this direction of thoughtful discourse." —City Book Review

"I did not find one story among the 20 that was not worth a read. Best Sex Writing 2013 is, as its name boldly states, just that: the best." —Washington Times

The Best Sex Writing series has has fundamentally changed the way people think—and what they say—about sexuality. Once again, Rachel Kramer Bussel has collected the year’s most challenging and provocative nonfiction articles on this endlessly evocative subject. The essays here comprise a detailed, direct survey of the contemporary American sexual landscape. Major commentators examine the many roles sex plays in our lives in these literate and lively essays. Judged by the Dr. Carol Queen, who is without peer, this stunning collection of sexsmart essays is sure to stir the heart, the brain, as well as other major organs.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is a writer, editor, blogger, and event organizer. She’s edited over 60 anthologies, including Fast Girls, Orgasmic, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, Gotta Have It, Begging for It, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Please, Sir, and Please, Ma’am, and is the editor for the 'Best Women’s Erotica of the Year' series. She writes widely about sex, dating, books, and pop culture and has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post,, Glamour, Marie Claire, Salon, and the Village Voice, among others. Rachel teaches and consults about erotica at
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Dr. Carol Queen is a writer and cultural sexologist with a Ph.D. in human sexuality. She is a noted essayist and erotic fiction author whose work has appeared in dozens of anthologies.
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