In the Flesh: L.A. (the West coast version of In The Flesh founded by Rachel Kramer Bussel) is a monthly reading series held the second Wednesday of every month at Hustler Hollywood, and features the city's best journalists, authors, scriptwriters and more offering their torrid tales for your entertainment and titillation.

From secret dirty confessions to unique sexual insights (and even the odd embarrassment or two), these writers get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Readers have included Willam Belli, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Maxim Jakubowski, Stan Kent, Shana Ting Lipton, Jenny Block, Regina Lynn, Rob Roberge, Eugene S. Robinson, Marty Barrett, Seth Greenland, Nina Hartley, Jeff Miller, Colleen Wainwright, Adam Grayson, Joanna Angel, Ernest Greene, Maggie Marr and BatSheva Vaknin. We've also been written up in Metroblogging L.A., LAist, Thrillist, Fishbowl L.A., Blue Blood and others.

Themed include Survival, Confessions, Madonna, Fears, Embarrassments and many more. Complimentary snacks and desserts from the Hustler Hollywood cafe will be offered. The event is free.

In The Flesh: L.A. debuted in May 2008. E-mail for booking, more information or interview requests.

Monday, September 15, 2008

August’s Tributes to Madonna Were Worthy of a (or the) Queen

One thing about doing these readings that provides endless amounts of entertainment for me is I never know what people are going to say. Sure, I give them the theme of the month and offer them the option of a read-through, but often times I have no idea what’s going to be presented until after I introduce people to the stage. Madonna night was a perfect example of this. Each reader’s interpretation of Madonna and sexuality went in an entirely different direction than the last. It was awesome. I can’t think of a better way for us to start at our new home with Hustler Hollywood.

Here’s the calm before the storm (you’ll notice the mini-cupcakes from Schmerty’s, which were almost completely gone by intermission):

This would be Adam, reading about how he learned to masturbate to Madonna’s videos. Miraculously he was capable of recalling the storyline and what she wore in nearly every video she did up until the Blonde Ambition era:

Joanna read about encountering Lourdes during the Reinvention Tour, which reminded her of being dumped in elementary school by a boy who didn’t like her unibrow:

At intermission, some of us paid homage to Madge’s infamous Sex book:

Ernest started the second half paying homage to Madonna’s contribution to kink (albeit somewhat grudgingly):

Maggie used her song titles for inspiration as she verbally walked us through her sexual evolution, while BatSheva took things deeper, recounting tales of innocent schoolgirl games and questionable sexual encounters that led up to learning how to orgasm, all while dreams of Madonna danced in her head:

The final shot of the lot of us:

Three awesome raffle bags were given out, featuring top-of-the-line sex toys, lube (naturally), and in honor of this month’s theme, copies of Madonna’s latest CD, Hard Candy. Needless to say, some of the winners were in for an interesting long weekend. (This is something we’ll be doing at every reading from here on in, just FYI.)

We’re going to do it all again on Thursday, September 25th. The line-up is coming, but this month’s theme – in honor of the Back to School season – is adolescence. I can’t wait to see what people come up with for this one…