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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on February 19 at 14:43 PM


There’s a ton of stuff to do tonight:

Mike Chinoy, the Senior Asia Correspondent for CNN, is at Town Hall talking about China.

Anne Enright is at SPL, reading from her Man Booker Prizewinning The Gathering, a book that I feel terribly guilty for not having read yet.

Charles Bock is reading from Beautiful Children at Elliott Bay Book Company. I have a copy of Beautiful Children at home, but I keep finding other books that I want to read more. It looks to me like one of those super-hyped first novels that frequently disappoint. But I could just be small-minded and petty, too.

Up at Third Place Books, Ted Van Dyk is reading from Heroes, Hacks, and Fools, a book that I loved and wrote up here. The only downside of Heroes, Hacks, and Fools is that it keeps getting “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” stuck in my head.

Today’s listings and tons of upcoming readings are here.

And lastly, something that my faithful calendar-assembling monkeys completely missed: Tonight at Bailey Coy Books (414 Broadway E, 323-8842) at 7 pm, Susie Bright will be reading. She’s in town to celebrate the launch of the fifteenth anniversary edition of The Best American Erotica series, titled The Best of Best American Erotica 2008*. The reading is free. Rumor has it that this might be the last time that Bright mounts the BAE’s editor’s chair, so this has all the makings of an exciting literary evening, in more ways than one.

* I think that this title is supposed to signify that it’s the Best of the Best American Erotica series, but it seems to me that it’s actually saying that it’s the Best of the Best of 2008. Maybe I worry about these things too much.

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there doesn't seem to be much point in buying erotica, considering just how varied most people's sexual turn-ons are, and just how much free erotica there is out there in the interwebs. Granted, you can still fap/shlick without needing a computer on hand, but it doesn't seem like a good investment of 19.99 + tax

Posted by Shintaro Kago | February 19, 2008 3:47 PM

Ain't no rumor - she's got a big long thing about it on her website. Depressing tank of the american short story - erotic or not - all in all.

And s.k. above, is all sexy stuff just wank material? I love well-written erotica, but it's not porn.

Posted by seattleexile | February 19, 2008 4:35 PM


yes, all sexy stuff is wank material to someone. The question is how intentional it is. Well-written erotica IS porn, it's just the sex scenes are in your head instead of being acted out by porn actors. I hate people who try to ban porn but want to keep erotica because its "art" and "tasteful".

Posted by Shintaro Kago | February 19, 2008 5:08 PM

Can she actually reach her clit from that angle?

Posted by Matthew | February 19, 2008 11:57 PM

i want a poll on how many women actually dress up in lingerie to read erotica and masturbate.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | February 20, 2008 12:19 AM


Wish I'd been at Balley Coy.

Posted by Kiru Banzai | February 20, 2008 5:40 AM

Also, @1, I think you've got the wrong idea about what BAE is. It's not "Best American Wank Material" it's more like "Best Literature on a Sexual Theme." Whether you get hard is a secondary concern, behind top-quality writing.

It'd be great if there were a similar thing for visual media, frankly.

Posted by Kiru Banzai | February 20, 2008 6:04 AM

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