What a cast of crazy characters we have for our March Madness night at In The Flesh at Hustler Hollywood at 8pm this Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
The night begins with GORDON BRESSACK. He is a three time Emmy Award winner for his writing on the animated hits "Animaniacs" and "Pinky & The Brain". He is also the recipient of the Writer's Guild Animation Writing Award for his work. This may not seem to make Gordon a likely source of erotic writing (unless you consider Smurfette one hot bitch) but the fact is that before his career in television Gordon was a member of New York's influential Play-House of the Ridiculous and La Mama Experimental Theater. He was arrested for obscenity in Brussels because the climax of a show he appeared in included a giant phallus that extended over the audience and squirted water over the stunned Belgian audience. He later went on to write and produce faux variety shows in NY including such acts as an S&M ballet troupe, Dildo The Clown and disgusting blues singer Two Dick Willie. Gordon is currently producing an online animated series "The Adventures of Penis & Vagina" which will soon be on a lap top near you. Look at this face and be wary, very wary...
Next up is one interesting dude named Jar who was an audience member in January and now a reader in March. His story was inspired by Carolyn Ryder's amazing debut piece about Obama sex and the post reading discussion of sex with women of Michelle Obama's hip size that followed at the Rainbow. Jar confessed a love of, and considerable experience with plus-sized women and his enthusiasm was met with a thrown-down gauntlet to put it in words. The piece he will read - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others was the result and it even features a Morrissey quote which will no doubt result in some kind of prize from Hustler for incorporating Morrissey into erotica.
Here's a picture of Jar so you know whether you want to avoid him in the Rainbow after the reading just in case you don't come by to hear his wonderful essay on the virtues of living life large.
Like many people in LA, Jar was born during the "Camelot" years of the JFK presidency to upper middle-class parents who were members of a satanic cult masquerading as a religion. As a child, Jar would play with his favorite Hot Wheels or Matchbox miniature cars as silent blood rituals and black masses were conducted in the family basement. He and his two sisters were quite fond of the family cat and often wondered why there was always a new one and why mother always gave them odd names like "Lucifer", "Beelzebub" or "Baphomet". They also wondered why their family celebrated weird holidays that no one else celebrated, such as "Saturnalia" and "Lupercalia". It was a strange home to grow up in and little Jar had to contend with such things as waking up in the middle of the night and seeing the family dog, a black Labrador, staring at him motionlessly from the foot of the bed, or, being taken to the hospital to visit his older sister after she had tried to commit suicide by diving headfirst into a wading pool. At the age of 6 Jar took up smoking, procuring them furtively from the many cartons his mother kept in a kitchen drawer. Later on, in the teen years of self-discovery, Jar found he was moved by the soothing sounds of rock bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. He especially enjoyed their inspiring, uplifting lyrics such as "Oh no! No! Please God help me!" and "Shake for me girl, I want to be your backdoor man." Ensuing years of Jar's life up to the present were filled with hope and promise. His father describes them as one long, desperate attempt to avoid responsibility and have a good time. Yet, these years are perhaps best presented as a colorful, heartbreaking collage of bad choices, broken dreams, career missteps and aborted relationships culminating in his current peculiar frame of mind, which he describes as a "hard-won state of grace attained through drug-induced false salvation". Jar currently lives in Long Beach with his two cats "Azathoth" and "Belial"
Then comes co-host Stan Kent reads his latest submission to one of Rachel Kramer Bussel's fabulous anthologies. This is inspired by his travels in Russia and is appropriately titled "From Russia With Lust," and yes it is based upon a true story! Here's Stan's picture and his bio, which is true... all too true...
Our phone sex author of the month who will be dialed in from some amazing location is In The Flesh creator Rachel Kramer Bussel. She'll also be reading from "Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories." And for those of you not familiar with Rachel - shame on you - but here is her ever evolving, ever amazing bio, and BTW - she gives good phone: Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author, editor, blogger and reading series host.She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a former sex columnist forThe Village Voice. She's edited over 20 anthologies, most recently Do NotDisturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Best Sex Writing 2009, Tasting Him, Tasting Her,and Spanked. Her writing been published in publications such as CleanSheets, Cosmopolitan, Fresh Yarn, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, NewYork Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, The Village Voice, and Time OutNew York, and in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 - 2006.She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005. She also blogs atCupcakes Take the Cake (http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com//)
Our regular feature - the Erotica Revealed review of the month is another wonderful crazy item - strippers with a good heart for a good cause - Ultimate Burlesque edited by Emily Dubberley and Alyson FixterReviewed by Ashley Lister. Be sure to visit Erotica Revealed to see all they have to offer and come by In The Flesh to hear the review live and discuss what the reviewer says. It is a good chance to get off on critics and learn about new works.
So March plans to be crazy full of March Madness and April offers some amazing authors and in May we're doing Feminisim and Sex at Hustler - it doesn't get any crazier than that! See you on March 11 and afterward at the Rainbow for drinks - if you're crazy enough!