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Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut

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If sex remains taboo in the Philippines, gay and lesbian sex is still even more unspoken. “How do you do it?” is still the most common question queer Pinoys get. Even after that question is answered, there is still the popular notion that only heterosexual sex is ‘the real thing,’ and anything else is just a deviation or an attempt to replicate the male-female dynamic of h ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published 2017 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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K.D. Absolutely
Local erotica at its best. Erotica aims to arouse your senses. To titillate. Fine. But this book is more than that. This is literary. The writings of Casocot and Sison are flawless. Crisp. Eloquent yet definitely shameless. The stories, the words, hit you in the groin as well as up there in your head.

In her introduction of the book, Sison mentioned that this could be the book that you will hide to everyone while reading: "bury under your bed and wrap its cover with plain paper." This is unneces
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Jee Koh
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written by Ian Rosales Casocot and Shakira Andrea Sison, this anthology of "literary smut," as its subtitle has it, is superior erotica. Both authors are seasoned writers and award winners, but we all know how easy it is to write badly about sex. Casocot avoids the pitfall deftly by experimenting in literary form. "Road Trip" is told backwards, from climax to set-up. "Tell Him" is written mostly through dialogue. "The Thank You Girl" is all foreplay--so, so tantalizing. The highlight of his sect ...more
Agatha Christine
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Initially I dropped this book after reading the first two stories because I was, to be honest, overwhelmed by the amount of fucking (I mean this literally) scenes it has. It took me by surprise since it was my first time reading local erotica, especially one that includes a lesbian/gay sex, so maybe I was just really caught off guard. But after a year I finally decided to read it again, and it didn't overwhelm me as much as before. I honestly liked Casocot's collection more than Sison's--they ho ...more
dantheolumona | aviecayl uy
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Don't Tell Anyone: Literary Smut" by Ian Rosales Casocot and Shakira Sison is a short story collection with 12 erotic stories with characters in the LGBTQIA+ community. This collection does not attempt to sugarcoat sex; it does not pair sex with shame or discomfort. By contrast, it speaks about the reality of gay and lesbian sex unapologetically. ...more
Jessica Esteban
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very explicit, artistic, words were made with feels, and situation of the characters felt like it was real.
Was reading this for my thesis purposes but as I read it, I have found these short stories compilation interesting and somewhat relatable to those who were the victims of love, most especially in homosexuality. Because of this book, I finally understood on how they behave and interact with one another. I fully recommend everyone to check this one out because the stories will melt you down t
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Kumiko Mae LovingSunshine
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first time i read this, i felt so alive. All throughout, i felt so represented. For the first time ever, my stories, my life (as a lesbian--particularly) was represented in these authentic stories that felt different levels of familiar and pulsing.
Cao dC
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Smell is the strongest trigger of one’s memory” #ldr
Aletheia
"Love is sometimes like being lost in the heart of the deep, without direction - but in itself, ironically, also its own strange compass. Love is immense. Love is borderless. Love is not a thing to be confined in a little room: it needs the expansiveness of oceans."

Written by Shakira Sison and Sir Ian Rosales Casocot, Don’t Tell Anyone unapologetically brings to you 12 short stories of same-sex smut. It is separated into two parts: starting with stories about women loving women by Sison, fol
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Ian Rosales Casocot was a fellow for fiction in the national writers’ workshops in Dumaguete, Baguio, Cebu, and Iligan, and was a writer-in-residence for the International Writing Program in the University of Iowa. He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Award, the NVM Gonzalez Prize, and the Fully-Booked/Neil Gaiman Philippine Graphic/Fiction Award for his fiction. His books include FutureShock Prose: ...more

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