An International Anthology of Bisexual Erotica
Edited by Laurence Brewer, Kevin Lano, Trish Oak
Published by BiPress, London, 2000
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Reviewed by Cassandra Snow
one can’t help but to applaud any collection of bisexual writing for making
a presence within the literary marketplace, the newly-released Unlimited
Desires: An International Anthology of Bisexual
From the precise, razor-sharp strokes of Thomas Roche (Who could resist?) to Raven Kaldera’s dynamic intensity, the tales woven within Unlimited Desires speak of the many facets of bisexual relationships and lustful encounters while bringing the reader to the heights of vicarious ecstasy. Without fail, each work within the collection illuminates a basic yet profound truth, whether it be the struggle for identity, trepidation in the face of a perceived outcome or the sheer rapture of a long-awaited touch.
Yet, let us not forget to mention, the stories sizzle! These are undeniably some of the hottest, most luscious tales ever told.
Speaking of luscious … MindCaviar Editrix Jamie Joy Gatto also makes a presence within the volume with her work entitled “Last Call.”
to Jamie Joy, her involvement with the project emerged from a long-held
desire to lend credence to the lifestyle she, her husband and numerous
other men and women throughout the world have chosen.
“Finding myself in a world that often doubts that the possibility of my
|Best Bisexual Erotica 2000
Edited by Bill Brent and Carol Queen
Published by Black Books/Circlet Press, 2000
Reviewed by J. Wilbur
When I got Circlet Press's catalog at the end of 1999, I almost fell out of my chair with excitement when I saw that there was a book on bisexual erotica. Imagine my disappointment when I saw that the book wasn't going to be published until January 2000. I could hardly wait! Then, of course, when 2000 finally did roll around, I had other things on my mind and forgot to get the book (can you believe it?). Well, I finally did get a copy, and all I can say is, "What was I waiting for?"
The stories are hot, hot, hot!!! But then, what else can you expect from Bill Brent, editor of the sexy and literate mag Black Sheets, and Carol Queen, smut goddess extraordinaire, in a book published by the disseminator of fine filth, Circlet Press? The stories are very well-written, with the high quality of work one expects from Circlet Press: the plots are interesting, the characters are three-dimensional and worth getting to know; this is not just cheap one-handed reading. It's very well-crafted one-handed reading.
Both of the editors contributed stories, as did Jamie Joy Gatto (cofounder of Mind Caviar), Bob Vickery (noted smutty author), Jill Nagle (author of Whores and Other Feminists), and my own personal favorite, Raven Kaldera (gender bender beauty), along with many others, with a brief bio at the end of each story, in case you want to learn more about the authors.
stories themselves are as varied as the bis who wrote them. Quite
a few involve a couple picking up a third party, but these aren't your
typical "guy likes to watch his girlfriend get it on with another chick"
stories from Penthouse. The sex is hot, and the chemistry among the partners
will also probably find something to shock you and make you squirm.
The editors did a good job of getting something for everybody. Whether
the characters are long-term committed partners or are having one-night
stands, whether the action is male on male, female on female, mixed, or
other, whether you prefer women, men, or "who cares?", this book has something
for you. Just flipping through this book as I write this review is
difficult. I keep stopping on especially juicy passages. In
fact, I really have to go now. Enjoy.
|Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
Edited by by Loraine Hutchins, Lani Ka'ahumanu
Published by Alyson Press, 1991
Reviewed by J. Wilbur
Loraine Hutchins' and Lani Ka'ahumanu's Bi Any Other Name is a classic in bisexual literature. Known campily as the "Bi-ble" of the bi movement, the book was put together in 1991 at a time when there were very few books on bisexuality available. In fact, most bi books at the time were either scientific studies, like Fritz Klein's groundbreaking book The Bisexual Option, or discussions of open marriages and "swingers," like Kohn and Matuson's Barry and Alice. Bi Any Other Name changed the face of bisexual literature by opening up the floor to all kinds of people to tell their stories. Essays ranged from the story of a self-proclaimed "fag in a dyke's body" to the happily married, monogamous, male/female bisexual couple. However you identify, however your bisexuality manifests itself, you are sure to find a kindred spirit in this book. Not only does this book allow a person to find her/himself within the bi community, it also lets readers know how diverse that community is.
of the contributors to this anthology are well-known names in the bi movement,
including such notables as Carol Queen, bi activist Robyn Ochs, sex activist
Annie Sprinkle, and authors Wayne Bryant, Amanda Udis-Kessler, and Elizabeth
Reba Wise, but there are also "everyday" people whose names are not so
well-known. Each person is allowed to tell her/his story with no
constraints or arbitrary editorial dictates. The true spirit of the person
and the experience comes through. Not all
book is divided into four sections, covering issues such as psychology,
spirituality, the bisexual community, and politics; though, as with all
things bi, the essays are not so easily categorized. An
this book was published, there have been many books on bisexual lives printed
(in fact, one is
Cassandra Snow has worked in various forms of expression over the years– from poetry, playwriting and novel writing to dance, theatre and photography. A graduate of Northwestern University, Cassandra currently works as a freelance journalist/writer. In addition, she is the staff Web reviewer for Venus or Vixen? and the author of a collection of original poetry, two stage plays and numerous works which have appeared in publications throughout the U.S. and abroad. At present, she is working to bring her novel, Yogi Love, to completion.
Cassandra finds her greatest bliss within her son, the aroma of nag champa, the divine act of creation and all things sensual.
She has been out as bi for 7 years now, though her history of crushes on women and men has been going on a lot longer. Although activism runs in her family (her mother, older sister, and lover are all prominent activists), J prefers to be the support system for the radicals in her life.
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