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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441162
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This is hot reading by any standard, a revelation of the unwieldy and unrelenting desires of straight women and an assertion that "it is revolutionary for women to take charge of and own their sexuality." The Erotica Project began as a program for WBAI Radio New York and moved to the stage in 1998, where performances sold out night after night and were critically lauded. While lesbian writers have been throwing off the sexually repressive views of some '70s feminists for the past 15 years, the authors of The Erotica Project felt that straight women still suffered from "anti-phallic theory" and needed a celebration of the male organ and their own frank infatuation with it. In brief vignettes drawn from memory, fantasy, and the life stories of friends, they explore heterosexual desire from the mainstream to the dark and transcendent, even including a few mundane and unhappy tales and a sprinkling of same-sex adventures. It is hard to imagine a straight man, straight woman, or lesbian who wouldn't want to hear these stories, by turns sordid and lyrical, graphic and tender, all of them grounded in a sense of sexual entitlement that would make Freud blush and Dr. Ruth wipe away a tear of pride. --Regina Marler

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Propriety prevents my quoting much of the dialog! Excellent...sexual...a titillation. -- NEW YORK TIMES

More About the Author

Lillian Ann Slugocki has created an award-winning body of work on women and sexuality, for performance and for print; Off-Broadway (The Public Theater, New Georges, LAByrinth, Primary Stages, Circle Repertory, Naked Angels) on NPR and WBAI radio, and Salon.com. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Art in America, The New Yorker, The Daily News, The New York Post, Time Out, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The London Sunday Times, Her short erotic fiction has been published by Seal Press, Cleis Press, Heinemann Press, American Theatre magazine and her award-winning show, The Erotica Project, written in collaboration with Erin Cressida Wilson, was produced Off-Broadway at Joe's Pub/The New York Shakespeare Festival, and later staged in San Francisco, Chico, Seattle, Charlottesville, and London, and published by Cleis Press. Her latest book, The Blue Hours, was published by Newtown Press, 2012. MA from NYU, 2008.

Recent Credits:

"The Lords of Misrule, A Conversation with Deborah Oster Pannell" at Vida/Her Kind.

Bodies Are Genuis: The World According to Meg Pokrass at Bloom.

Introduction to Raw String, a book of poetry, by George Korolog, Finishing Line Press.

"ER Chronicles (1)" published in September 2013 in Deep Water Literary Journal.

"Streetcar Deconstructed," published in A Wreckage of Reason 2: Back to the Drawing Board, an anthology of Xperimental Female Writers, Spuyten Duyvil Press, January 2014

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susannah Indigo on February 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Some of my favorite erotic writing is short, poetic pieces that work best if read out loud -- writing that lands with the impact of a good poem. I've been reading "The Best American Poetry 2000" alongside "The Erotica Project," alternating back and forth, since neither can be read entirely in a single sitting without sensory overload. At some point the poetry mixes in with the erotic writing and it seems to me that with a little more boldness in our world, they could be intermixed. Both should be read with a bit of poetic drama for maximum impact, and both of them reach inside to touch you someplace beyond ordinary literature....
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terri Knuth on November 14, 2001
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The Erotica Project is sort of a tiptoe through the Baskin-Robbins of erotica. Does sensuality have a flavor? Can the erotic be so thick it can be served with a scooper? Don't forget the flavored syrups, because this book doesn't!! Four and a half million years of evolution hasn't changed a thing - erotica is here to stay! The Erotica Project lusts, devours and consumes in waves of passion. Slip into this warm wet book tonight and invent your own fantasy right here in the real world. Let's just say, you won't need to wet your fingers to turn the pages . . . .
Terri Knuth
Antioch, Illinois
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By A Customer on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This story took me into the depths of human sexuality. I could not stop reading the stories that were far more than just tasteless bits of tawdry sex. Every situation was beautifully written and made sure to take you on a visual journey. This book, I believe has the power to open one's mind to the possibilities that lie beneath the surface. A must for anyone's private library. Kudos to the creators of this 'big box of chocolates.'
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Canadian Girl on August 23, 2006
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This is not what I expected. It is full of random "sexual encounter" stories. I guess I did not read the summary very well. I enjoy a novel and not short stories, I mean a couple of pages to a few more. I was disappointed in the book.
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