Audible and I have bundled together some of my most memorable interviews into audiobook-length form. I invite you to listen to some of the finest sexual conversations I've had in years.
Masters of Erotic Cinema
Honestly, I would have called this "The Coolest People I Ever Met in Porn," but Audible is a "family-friendly" site and I didn't have Maurice Sendak to make my argument.
These interviews reveal what no mainstream journalist has ever known about the porn milieu— candor instead of con artistry.
You'll hear my intimate conversations with:
Candida Royalle, former porn star and Cockette turned feminist porn visionary
Jamie Gillis, the legend, the actor, the inventor of gonzo porn
Tristan Taormino, the woman who showed Buttman a thing or two
Jared Rutter, co-founder XRCO, one of the first "men's magazines" in the early 1960s.
Antonio Passolini, aka Tony Lovett, porn director/screenwriter, Meese Commission target, Bizarro LA author, performed at every station of the cross,
Robin Adams and Micole Taggert, founders of Sweet Action magazine— the only sex magazine for straight women ever published, period,
Jeffery Escoffier, sexual historian and gay porn-film scholar who can tell you what was so gay about Deep Throat, and,
Plus, my own close encounters with Linda Lovelace. 'Nuff said.
The Sex Remedy
There are so many jive hucksters and sob sisters inundating us with "sex advice"— that I am honored to introduce you to people who show real insight, compassion, and serious sexual knowledge. Listen to me get my eyes opened by:
Betty Dodson, godmother of clit.
Veronica Monet, outspoken prostitute and Italian mike disturber (you'll see!).
Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic— this woman has her finger on the bullshit of "bed death."
Flash Gordon, MD, former director of the legendary Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic, biker, medical genius about town.
Leonore Tiefer, sexologist and the woman I would most want to lie on a couch and talk to for a couple of years.
Anne Semans and Cathy Winks, authors of The Mother's Guide to Sex— let's get real about sex and parenting!
Kidder Kaper, designer of Great Sex, the most outrageous sex game I've ever played.
Staci Haines, author of the classic, A Survivor's Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life after Child Sexual Abuse. I'll never forget this one.
Over the years, I've been treated to conversations with unusual scholars who look for sex in unexpected places— and somehow they illuminate all the history we've been so oblivious to.
Listen to my interviews with:
Bill Bright, my dad... and legendary linguist. Seriously, my father was maybe the best interview I ever did on air. He knows the entire sexual history of American geography and native languages.
Jill Soloway, the executive producer and writer of Six Feet Under, who put me in her scripts at her peril!
Karla Jay, one of the founders of what was first called "gay liberation." I worshiped her as a teen... so exciting to meet her.
John Vollmer, curator at the Museum of Sex.His discussion of ancient Chinese sex practice and aesthetics will blow you away.
Chelsea Girl, notorious sex blogger of the "Starry-Eyed Spit."
Lavada Nahon, the real editor of the infamous Penthouse Lettters, and devout member of her church!
Mark Frauenfelder, co-founder of the notorious Boing-Boing blog and zombie sex expert.
Sharon Marcus, a Victorian-age sexuality historian who will rock your Jane Austen.
Steve Harsin, a librarian in a small town in Minnesota, who is the best MidWestern bellwether I have on sex in the heartland
Richard Kadrey, author of Sandman Slim, when we were first conceiving what virtual sex was going to look like.
Debbie Stoller, founding editor of Bust magazine, knitting and Camille Paglia expert!
Michael Bronski, author of Pulp Friction, the history of gay characters in Fifties pulp fiction novels.Could listen to him all day!
There is NOTHING I like better than taking a so-called "sex story" from the mainstream press and following the money. Listen to me break it down with:
Doug Henwood, editor of The Left Business Observer, on why economists so often ignore sex at their peril,
Richard Connerney, Phillips Talbot fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs, who came back from Lucknow, India, with mind-expanding stories about sex work and gender-bending in a world Americans never think of,
Ariel Levy, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture,
Ashkan Sahihi, photographer, who isn't afraid of the subject getting a little come on their face
Katha Pollitt. Swoon.
Jessica Cutler, aka "The Washingtonienne,"on how to bed down the Washington elite and live to tell the tale.
Josh Kornbluth, the comedic monologueist and creator of Red Diaper Baby, Strange Culture, and Haiku Tunnel. He almost made me pee in my pants.
Elizabeth Pisani, author of The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS. You want your scandalous AIDS politics? Eat this.
Erica Jong. Yes, she knows the power of the purse and the pussy.
The DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, in her last candid interview before her untimely suicide. Hard to hear now, but so poignant.
Length, Price, Tech
Each of my audiobooks is 5-6 hours long.
If you buy it "a la carte" it's $13.96— or if you're a member of Audible, it's (1) credit.
If you sign up for Audible to make this your first purchase, ti's $7.49.
You can listen to it on your computer, or music player, phone, or burn it onto CD.
At Long Last...
I know some of you are big fans of "in Bed with Susie Bright," and you wish you could find the best of my old shows without buying every single back episode. Relief and satisfaction are finally at hand! Coming up next... we're going to bundle the best of my shows from last year.
Take a listen and tell us what you think of it! I think we found some territory you'll never hear on "Fresh Air!"