It's June, Gay Pride month, and R. Gay's first anthology Girl Crush: Women's Erotic Fantasies is out now. I haven't read the whole thing but did reread part of my story, "Great Lengths," which opens the book, and marveled at the power of a true crush, the way it can push you to do crazy things and still linger in your mind years later, maybe because of the gap between desire and reality. I also loved Gina de Vries's story "Girl Crazy," about a punk rock zinester crush. I also liked that bisexuality is very much a valid identity in this book, and a range of queerness is presented. Visit www.girlcrushbook.com for more on the authors and don't miss June 17th's In The Flesh where I will read from Girl Crush along with Annabeth Leong and Julia Peters. More on crushes from me...tomorrow.
Girl Crush: Women's Erotic Fantasies
Here's a tiny snippet from "Great Lengths:" (based on a real crush)
Yet as much as we said everything to each other, I couldn’t say the most simple thing of all: I like you. I want you.
So instead, I said it to other people: her landlord, her roommate. I befriended them because they came with her seal of approval, because I thought maybe if they liked me, so would she.
Here's the table of contents:
ntroduction Diana Cage
Great Lengths Rachel Kramer Bussel
Mirador Teresa Lamai
Craving Madeline Shanna Germain
Call Me Cleopatra Gabrielle Foster
Skinny Dipping Angela Caperton
The Things I Can Do For Her David Erlewine
I Told A Stranger All About You Yesterday Vanessa Vaughn
Cut & Dry Heidi Champa
Cecily Kris Adams
The Leopard Print Menace Melissa Gira
The Bachelorette Julia Peters
Girl in a Gorilla Suit Lori Selke
The Out-of-Towner Delilah Devlin
Rebel Girl Kirsty Logan
The Best Kind of Revenge Geneva King
One Eighty Carrie Cannon
Running Away and Running Home Again Annabeth Leong
An Introduction G.G. Royale
Seduction by Proxy Evan Mora
Discovering Donnie Cheyenne Blue
Good Neighbors Jennifer Geneva
Girl Crazy Gina de Vries
Psychology 101 R. Gay
In The Flesh logo by Molly Crabapple
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IN THE FLESH EROTIC READING SERIES
GLBT EROTICA NIGHT
June 17, 2010, 8 pm - 10 pm
AT HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 BROOME STREET, NYC
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676
In The Flesh goes gay for you! Our annual GLBT Erotica Night is back. Featuring Porno Bingo host and former porn star Will Clark, novelist Dario Dalla Lasta (The Three Red Lines), performer Cas Marino, PANIC! reading series host Charlie Vázquez and Girl Crush: Women's Erotic Fantasies contributors Annabeth Leong and Julia Peters. Hosted by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor, Peep Show, Bottoms Up). 100 free copies of Sexis Magazine will be distributed. Free cupcakes by Kumquat Cupcakery and chips, cookies and candy will be served.