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Drinking, Smoking & Screwing: Great Writers on Good TimesDrinking, Smoking & Screwing: Great Writers on Goo...

You just don’t find compilations like this in the marketplace these days. Editor Sara Nicklès has [ ... ]

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Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs by Stefhen Bryan

'Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: A Memoir of Exile and Excess in Japan,' is a controversial, erotic, et [ ... ]

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Gypsy Hearts by Robert M. Eversz

Robert M. Eversz, whose previous novel, Shooting Elvis, has been translated into a dozen languages a [ ... ]

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FULL FRONTAL FICTION: The Best of Nerve.com by Jack Murnighan and Genevieve Field

Perhaps the only aspect of this sterling collection of erotic fiction that isn't up to par is the lead line of the back cover that flops with "Screw with your mind..."

'FULL FRONTAL FICTION: The Best of Nerve.com' Edited by Jack Murnighan and Genevieve FieldThe people who will read and enjoy this book aren't looking to find another way of performing in bed; the people who will enjoy this collection of highlights from the Nerve.com site are people who are interested in various aspects of how sexuality colors our existence.

The virtuosity and originality of these stories sometimes takes the breath away. Who would have thought to write a story about a set of Siamese Twins having their first sexual experience as Viki Hendricks did with "Rebecca"? Hendricks didn't take that novel idea and just simply have a little fun with it either.

She developed two different characters inhabiting the same physical space who move through life with (necessarily) opposite viewpoints, both of which could be admired, and for whom the reader quickly develops interest and empathy with.

Equally original, funny and refreshing is Keith Banner's "The Wedding of Tom to Tom", in which the author gives us two institutionalized men obsessed with each other since their youth and who drive their keepers mad by engaging in constant sexual games.

Gay or straight you can't help but be touched by the most basic impulse of humanity, Love, which these two characters obviously share.

Other highlights include Dennis Cooper's "The Finish Line", a dark and intriguingly lurid series of letters from a junkie to his ex-boyfriend who might be a serial killer; "Tragedy in Burgundy", by James Hannaham, written in the first person by a soul-talking drag-queen who outs her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like trash-TV-show; or Robert Olen Butler's "Alvin Happens Upon the Greatest Line Ever", when a young, awkward teenager is locked in a room with the hottest girl in high school watching the newscasters broadcast the impending apocalypse and leading to the sweet moment of the girl giving herself to Alvin as the end of time quickly approaches; and my favorite story, the brilliant "Folk Song, 1999" by Mary Gaitskill.

Sometimes you encounter a piece of art so perfect it takes your breath away. Such a piece often bridges gaps between genres and this is what Gaitskill's story achieves. You almost want to sing the prose, possibly hearing a faint chorus of singers or the plucking of a guitar behind you as Gaitskill creates a breathtaking montage with widely different elements from a daily paper.

There's no heavy-breathing porno writing going on here; no Penthouse Forum letters. Quite simply, it's some of the best writers around writing on that most interesting of topics. But don't get me wrong, there is some hot-stuff in this book. Maybe that's why it hasn't left my nightstand since. I picked it up.

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