Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Kramer Bussel’

Naked News segment with Rachel Kramer Bussel

September 23, 2010

Speaking of naked, click here to watch Smooth editor Rachel Kramer Bussel with a naked newscaster on the show Naked News.


“The Sushi Girl” by Anika Gupta in Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women

September 21, 2010

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women is all about women’s nude bodies and what these characters do with them. One of them, in “The Sushi Girl” by Anika Gupta, lies naked with raw fish on top her. Here’s an excerpt:

Idly, he picked up the chopsticks, turning them around in his hand as if he’d never seen them before. With the same lethargy, he reached out and dragged one rounded end along my right rib, circling my breast. I breathed in deeply as the leaf over my right nipple shivered. The sashimi listed to the side. He tapped at it but didn’t pick it up. I looked at his face, but his gaze was fixed on his hands.

Again, he traced the curving slope, and finally the leaf slid, a slow cool slide down into the shadow between my breasts. He got up and leaned over me. His figure was vast, and so was his shadow. He tapped the tine against the ridge of my exposed nipple, almost by accident. I looked at him sharply but his eyes were on the sushi, cradled against my body.

I waited for him to retrieve it. He squeezed the edge of the leaf between the chopsticks, and I felt the leaf slide coolly, leaving a dry trail down the muscular plane between my ribs, the soft rise of the fat between. I pulled in my stomach and the soft lump passed over my navel. I bit my lip when it reached the juncture of my legs, coming to rest at last in the place where, in more ancient times, a fig leaf would have belonged. It sat, heavy, right over my clitoris. When he tapped the sashimi again with his chopsticks, the pressure went through the soft rice and through my skin. I squeezed my legs together so tightly that the muscles in my thighs were shaking.

I tried not to say anything. He tapped the sushi again. This time, almost infinitesimally, I let my thighs relax. The cool roll tumbled down between my thighs, brushing against the soft lips of my lower body, and it landed on the table right between.

Read all of “The Sushi Girl” by Anika Gupta in Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by Cleis Press.

Anika Gupta grew up on the East Coast but moved to India in 2009 to work as a journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers in India and the United States. She recently started writing erotica.

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women is edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and will be published in September 2010 by Cleis Press

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Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women to be published in October 2010

April 23, 2010

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women; is an erotic anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, to be published by Cleis Press in October 2010. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.

The caress of skin against skin, the warmth of another’s touch, relishing the sight that few others get to see — these are the reasons that disrobing before sex can be so gratifying. The stories in Smooth, collected by award-winning erotic editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, capture the heat of being stripped bare, of flaunting your body, and of reveling in pure sensuality. Read along as women get tattooed, become “the sushi girl” at a restaurant, strip on the subway, go commando, host tea parties, enjoy sploshing, and much more. Featuring stories by Donna George Storey, Heidi Champa, Angela Caperton, Charlotte Stein, Louisa Harte, Jacqueline Applebee, Susan St. Aubin and other leading erotica writers, these adventurous characters have more to reveal than just being naked.

Table of Contents

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Introduction: Naked Girls in All Their Glory

Löyly Angela Caperton
Her Brand New Skin Elizabeth Coldwell
Eden Molly Slate
Three Stops Away Heidi Champa
The Sushi Girl Anika Gupta
This Night Suzanna V. Slate
Ink Jennifer Peters
Adornment is Power Teresa Noelle Roberts
Muscle Bound K D Grace
Shower Fittings Giselle Renarde
Clean Slate Lisabet Sarai
Live Action Susan St. Aubin
Chilly Girl Rachel Kramer Bussel
Stripped Clancy Nacht
The Tea Party Charlotte Stein
Rapunzel Jacqueline Applebee
Getting the Message Kay Jaybee
Ivy League Associates Donna George Storey
True Colors Louisa Harte

Introduction: Naked Girls in All Their Glory

Smooth. Sleek. Naked. Bare. All of these words describe the women you’ll find in this book, women who let you peek beneath their skirt hems, unbutton their blouses, reach inside their panties and in so doing, reveal something essential about themselves. They aren’t content to simply let sex happen, but are compelled to explore the ways their bodies react to every tactile moment.

These are not stories about body image or learning to love your curves. These are sensual tales in which women and men celebrate the joy of being carnal, lusty, hungry and animalistic; stories in which the urge to get naked, in the literal and figurative senses, drives women to boldly go where they haven’t before.

In the opening story, the stunning sauna romp “Löyly,” by Angela Caperton, Sorrow Cove becomes a very happy place when our heroine, Andie, submits to a sensual beating in the intense heat. Caperton writes, “Blood pounded in my veins and pooled suspiciously in my belly. Anticipation added an edge of tension and vulnerability before the bright shock of the strike. It wasn’t hard, but the leaves laced my skin with firm control, a lush wetness and a shimmer of sting that slashed my back with an awakening charge of delight. I closed my eyes, savoring the moment, the fresh scent of the birch binding me in a cloud of awareness and newfound sensation.”

Food and sex are clearly twin appetites waiting to be released, and in “The Sushi Girl,” by Anika Gupta, they converge in a work setting for the narrator as she balances raw fish on her body. She doesn’t just lie there, though; she engages with her customers, lets them look and taste even as she makes sure her naked body, while still, speaks loudly.

Each of these women are stripped, whether literally, as in Clancy Nacht’s story of the same name, or in some other way that leaves them vulnerable, exposed, open to whoever they’ve let enter their most personal space. Even when they are acting as voyeurs, watching others strip down, as in “Live Action,” by Susan St. Aubin, they are being changed by what they see, by the skin that speaks to them and their fantasies.

For other characters, adorning their bodies—with tattoos in “Ink,” by Jennifer Peters, or the sensual strokes of a paintbrush in “True Colors,” by Louisa Harte—is a way to live a more vibrant, outspoken life, and their reward is a richer sex life than they’d had before. That makes sense, because when we bare all, we invite others to touch, to feel every curve, every bend, every inch of skin.

Ultimately, this is a book about getting to know your body from the outside in, about showing yourself off for a lover and knowing the power the naked body holds. At the gym, in the shower, on the subway, at a tea party, the women in Smooth leave behind their inhibitions and go where many women have only dreamed about. Sexy, playful, sensual and celebratory, these nineteen stories will be sure to entice you as they reveal so much skin.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City