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Best Sex Writing 2013: The State of Today's Sexual Culture

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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 commentat ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Cleis Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This is filled with opinions and editorials rather than fictional erotic stories. Although some of these are questionable in their facts. My review is going to be a bit different than usual. These are my own opinions based on these sexually charged articles. I'm dividing them up into how I felt about each chapter. Instead of listing the best first, I'm going to start with the articles that enjoyed and end with ones I thought were best. I'm going to stick the ones I loathed in the middle so that ...more
Steve Isaak
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Overall review:

Best Sex Writing 2013 is a choice anthology of essays centered around the current vibe of our Western culture, carnal and (sometimes) beyond it. This is one of my favorite anthologies Bussel has edited, as well as one of my all-time favorite sexual anthologies, for its scope and (mostly) bullstuff-free take on what's going on in our world.

Only one of the essays didn't grab me because it was long-winded (Jonathan Lethem's "Live Nude Models"). Lethem's verbiage was occasionally clev
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Michelle
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
An uneven collection. Lots of personal stories that read like a collection of blog posts. I like the ones that read like articles with a political and historical perspective on sex. It just get tiring to read another memoir essay on BDSM or polyamory.

Best parts:
"Live New Models" by Jonathan Lethem - the difference between nudity and sexualization.

"Can a Better Vibrator Inspire an Age of Great American Sex?" by Andy Isaacson - The history of vibrators and its rise in popularity with a look at ho
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Sam Warren
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I admit, I went into this book expecting a higher brow version of 'boy meets girl and they shag each other cross-eyed'...the end. This isn't that book. Instead, this is a collection of essays covering everything from role play, dominance, submission, the pitfalls of polyamory, odes to lovers past and more.

I was pleased at the level of thought provoking discussion rendered by the authors. Some stories read like an editorial. The authors having something to say and this being one of the forums ava
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TammyJo Eckhart
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
20 essays that fall into the genres of historical essay, political treatise, business trends, discussions of formal research, how-to text, biography and autobiography. The most numerous are the autobiographies usually focused no a specific period of time in the author's life or combined with political or historical explanations.

The topics range from crime to marriage to sexual orientation and kink so there is likely to be 1-2 essays of personal interest to any reader. For those of us who like to
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Rose Caraway
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is refreshing, informative, raw, intelligently written and put together perfectly. Rachel Kramer Bussel took her time with this one and should be congratulated! There are twenty essays altogether in this anthology, that cover as many completely individualized topics, and dear reader you will be just as enthralled. My heartstrings were tugged multiple times in, Alex Morris's, "Very Legal: Sex and Love in Retirement" and in Seth Fisher's, "Notes From a Unicorn". Patrick Califia lays BDSM ...more
Jennifer
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book totally channeled Susie Bright, as a collection of reporting on topics of sexuality. Of course there were the requisite essays on polyandry and s&m but there was a very interesting article that posits that all the hype about sexually exploited girls is bunk. The argument goes that one research study in NY found that half of minors in sex work were found to be boys and the majority of both boys and girls were selling sex on their own without pimps in order to support themselves. Hm. ...more
Jennifer
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Amazing how dated this feels, even though 2013 was only four years ago. (Does anyone care about Tim Tebow anymore? I was particularly taken aback by the super-progressive polyamorous guy who dropped the word "tranny" like it was nothing. And did you know lots of Americans buy vibrators? Shocking!)

Some of the personally essays were better than the more "investigative" pieces. But overall, if this represented the best, I'd hate to see the worst.
Avory
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's time again!

Time, that is, for Best Sex Writing 2013, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. This year's anthology is just as good as the last one I reviewed, with another eclectic mix of journalist writing, memoir, and quirky pieces that are tough to categorize. This year's volume covers topics from Jean Harlow to Tim Tebow, and features a number of the big names in sex as contributors--Madison Young, Patrick Califia, Julia Serano, Melissa Gira Grant, Carol Queen. It's hard to sum up in a word, as
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michelle
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
some good essays, narrative and informational. check it out.
Sara Habein
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
(Review forthcoming, but...) Last year's collection was a lot stronger, but this one had some bright spots.
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I'm a writer, editor, book reviewer, journalist, interviewer, blogger, and event organizer. I've edited over 60 anthologies, and my books have won 8 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards. I have written for Alternet, The Daily Beast, Elle.com, The Frisky, Glamour, Gothamist, Harper's Bazaar, Huffington Post, Inked, Jezebel, Mediabistro, New York Post, The New York Observer, Penthouse, The Root, Salo ...more
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