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Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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"Susie Bright's real life is just as compellingmore compellingthan her sex life. And that's saying something." Dan Savage
"I have a very scary feeling Susie Bright is not making any of this up. Guns, drugs, threesomes, socialist factionalism, a stabbing . . . all before she got her G.E.D.?" Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
"Big Sex Little Death is subtle, hot, enthralling, raw and tenderI loved it. Susie Bright is a national treasure." Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher, Talking Points Memo
"The best-named writer in America, Susie Bright has written a witty, wise, and enlightening memoir." Erica Jong
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Yes, and the mom thing. Her station as daughter and mom in this life continues to set her apart as a thinker and writer in the realm of sexual politics and publishing. Among sex talkers and writers aplenty these day she's one of a handful who have braved motherhood and lived to tell the sex part of the story openly.
I found her childhood account uncommon only in the severity with which she embraced it all, finding a way to survive with a heart childlike and open. Indeed, I was surprised to learn that it was her success with thin skin poetry that opened the first door for her in publishing. A great encouragement here for young writers. Yet the mom thing will always define Susie Bright for me. It's how she sees herself to this day. Having one, being one. She's a true traditional untraditionalist. We listen to her because she lives where we all have lived as sons and daughters. But she does it all never selling out her eroticism from youth to middle age.
Perhaps the funniest part of this hardbound book is its color: black and white. A little joke no doubt.Read more ›
I'm also one of her thousands of Facebook friends and regard her site as one of the best portals to the good things going on on the internet--politically, socially, and erotically. Like me she regards most internet pornography as tediously bad and knows how to distinguish between honesty and in-authenticity in sexuality better than anyone that I know. As a long time editor of "The Best American Erotica" and many other collections of sexually-oriented writing, she also knows how to distinguish between good imaginative writing and porno hack jobs.
She has now published a memoir called "Big Sex, Little Death," and it is a revelation, because it goes beyond the persona created in her erotica and gives us a detailed portrait of the cerebral, radical, flesh and blood person she is and where the components that make up her identity come from.
Susie Bright, the name is perfect for her--kind of oozing intelligence and light--is the only child of Elizabeth Halloran and William Bright, born in Arlington, Virginia in the late 1950's.Read more ›
Bright was born in 1958, with parents she now says, looking back, "were far more radical than I am, because of basic changes in their generation." She is proud of both parents, even her mother who abused her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating read: honest, direct, raw and to the point. I'd say more, but there would be spoilers. A must read on women's liberation, specially one: the author.Published 6 months ago by Cliente de Amazon
I had really high hopes for this memoir, but found it impossible to connect with. Bright's experiences as a teenage socialist growing up in the 70's, and then becoming an editor of... Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by RabbitWithFangs
Not as sexy as the title implies (though she is frank about her sexual experiences) but she's lived an interesting life and has had experiences worth reading about. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Angela
This memoir isn't as much about Susie the sex radical or Susie Sexpert as it is a memoir about Susie the teenager, Susie idealistic but naive marxist. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by M. D.
I was not expecting this book to be as literate, as well-written, as articulate and as interesting as it turns out to be. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by worldwriter
I found this book to be an amazing read. This book is about a women that had to grow up and live her life by reinventing herself. Why did she continually reinvent herself? Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Stephanie Manley
I hate to talk bad about a published author but I don't know anyone except people who know people who are talked about in the book who would be interested in this. I wasn't.Published on February 12, 2013 by Mizry D'Lot
A memoir of a chaotic life. Best parts were about her parents, they seemed like interesting people, but rather challenging.Published on December 20, 2012 by LL Graham