This week I'm talking with Richard Connerney, a Phillips Talbot fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs, who spent the last two years living in Lucknow, India, (not to mention "down and out in Nepal") which is not one of those hip make-the-scene areas of the country you read about it Wired. It is, rather, the ultimate in Old School Indian culture.
I know Richard because in his off-hours he's also a wonderful erotic writer, who has contributed two stories to Best American Erotica over the years, under the name Ernie Conrick, including the one Hunter Thompson always said was his favorite, "The Queen of Exit 17."
I asked Richard about India's hidden world of sexual minorities, AIDS education, and his own very complicated love life as he got very close with some of the locals. Caste-breaking, anyone?
Richard invites you to email him if you'd like to talk more!
In Bed with Susie Bright 300: An Interview about India and Sex with Richard Connerney
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Our show this week also talks about former Surgeon General Richard Carmona's claims that the Bush administration prevented him from talking honestly about sex and the uselessness of "abstinence education." It's amazing how many people are willing to categorically state that the emperor has no clothes, after they've left his employ.
Then, in the Try This at Home mailbag, I reveal how porn stars have as much sex as they do and still stay healthier than a lot of folks who don't work in the sex trade.
Don't forget, you can send your confidential questions, feedback about the show, and requests for free show girly cards to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Episode 300, July 13, 2007)
Photo credit: "The Gate of the Hooseinabad Bazaar," in Lucknow, India, photographed by Samuel Bourne, circa 1860.