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Columnist Details Sexcapade with Top Chef Player and Personal Assistant

Wow. That’s all we can say after reading today’s recollection by Rachel Kramer Bussel (pictured) of a romantic assignation in Los Angeles that went off the rails.

She doesn’t name the person involved, or his female assistant. But apparently, the dude, who appeared on the reality TV show Top Chef, took a fancy to her and brought along his female assistant for all portions of the date. Including the part where Mr. Wrong stripped down naked, took a shower and then hopped into the hotel room bed with the still-dressed Bussel.

I still couldn’t quite believe he was so blasé about having his assistant right there. Were they together? Was he trying to engineer a threesome?… It was so surreal, we could’ve been on a sitcom…

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Talking Erotica On The Menu: Author Rachel Kramer Bussel Visits To Discuss The Industry, Book Trailers And Ippy Awards


Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, host Jason Boog welcomes AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven and erotic writer Rachel Kramer Bussel to talk about media headlines and some new book industry news.

The trio discussed The Virginia Quarterly Review‘s story accusing Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson of plagiarism in his new book “Free,” Dick Cheney‘s memoir, the sale of Nikki Finke‘s blog DeadlineHollywoodDaily and Rachel’s work in the independent publishing and erotica industries.

When asked how she got into erotica, Rachel revealed she started writing it while in law school, inspired by reading other books in the genre. “I was reading [the short story collection] “Best American Erotica”…and I thought ‘Hey, I can try this,’” she said. “There was a book about celebrity sex, and it was 1999, so I said ‘I’m going to write this story about Monica Lewinsky.’ So I wrote a fantasy story about Monica Lewinsky and it got published…I’ve been writing ever since.”

Rachel recently won three Ippy Awards, distributed to independent book publishers, and discussed her creation of “book trailers,” or short video advertisements for her books, for her Web site. “Does it affect sales, that’s what a lot of people ask me,” she said of her trailers. “I don’t necessarily think a million people are watching that and then rushing out to buy the book…I think it’s about building your brand as an author.”

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On The Menu: Gannett Might Be Bankrupt, But HuffPo’s Expanding

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu podcast, GalleyCat’s Jason Boog and editorial director Rebecca Fox barreled through technical difficulties to discuss some breaking media headlines of the day.

This morning, Rebecca and Jason discussed news that USA TODAY publisher Gannett might have to declare bankruptcy and the launch of The Huffington Post‘s new New York section — including HuffPo’s announcement that it will be “partnering” with at least a dozen other news outlets to provide content to the site. Rebecca pointed out that it’s possible that HuffPo is not actually paying for the content from its partners, just promising that traffic will be driven to their sites.

“I think there’s a lot of places in New York that are hungry for this traffic and are really hoping that they can get some traffic that will help them survive in this brand new crazy advertising structure that we have,” Jason said. “I imagine there are people lining up to be partners with [HuffPo].”

Stay tuned through the technical difficulties and listen to the end of the chat from some insightful analysis and opinion. Tomorrow, get ready to work up a sweat first thing in the morning as Jason and Rebecca host erotica editor and author Rachel Kramer Bussel.

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Ex-Voice Sex Columnist’s Letter To The Times

rkb_book_tour.jpgEver wondered what happens to a letter to the editor that doesn’t make it into the paper? Yeah, us neither.

Despite what you might think, ex-Village Voice sex columnist and author Rachel Kramer Bussel doesn’t just spend time on sex blog book tours. She also writes letters to the New York Times. And when the Times fails to publish them, she sends them to this Web site, a sort of clearinghouse for rejected letters to editors (which, despite criticism, is not a “not a dumping ground for every letter sent to a ‘letters page,’” say its founders).

Here’s Kramer Bussel’s rejected Times letter from April 6:

To the Editor:

In “Campus Exposure” (New York Times Magazine, March 4, 2007) Alexandra Jacobs fawns over the college students she profiles [regarding their easy going attitude towards posing in the nude and publishing sexually explicit magazines like Boink at Boston University or H Bomb at Harvard — Editor] even as she condemns them. She calls college sex columns “little red-light districts within the respectable black-and-white confines of established school newspapers,” while the TimesStephanie Rosenbloom (“A Disconnect on Hooking Up” March 1, 2007) quoted former Columbia Spectator sex columnist Miriam Datskovsky to counter the more conservative views of author Laura Sessions Stepp just a few days earlier.

Can’t we accept that college-age students are simply more open when it comes to sex than those of us in our thirties, forties, and beyond and not judge them? As a former sex columnist for The Village Voice, I know that those of us who write about sex are often treated with the same level of respect as “sex workers” (read: none). I applaud this generation of sexual entrepreneurs for furthering the conversation about a topic that all of us, no matter our age, are endlessly curious about.

— Rachel Kramer Bussel
Brooklyn, NY

— Emily Million


  • Sex Writer’s Blog Book Tour
  • Sex Writer’s Blog Book Tour

    rkb_book_tour.jpgIt appears sex columnist Rachel Kramer Bussel has landed on her heels after being sacked by the Village Voice. The occasional contributor is celebrating the release of a pair of gender-specific kinky erotica anthologies — She’s On Top and He’s On Top — with a 30-day “blog tour” beginning April 1 at Viviane’s Sex Carnival and includes — our favoriteWashingtonienne Jessica Cutler.

    We don’t know about you, but we’re planning on hitting All Things Spanking — sort of like the NPR of S&M — The Princess of Spanking and Always Aroused Girl shows at the end of the month.

    The full-on tour:

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    New L Sex Column Looks To Fill Voice Void

    aference_lmagazine.jpgThe L magazine, the not-really-but-they-like-to-call-themselves pocket-sized street guide, introduced a new sex column, “The Natural Redhead,” which they are touting as filling “the void left by the Voice’s dropping of Rachel Kramer Bussel in favor of the celibate bourgeoisie.”

    We’ll let the columnist herself, Audrey Ference, explain her vision:

    The new column’s going to be a Q-and-A format, with you guys providing the Qs and me providing the As. What it’s not going to be is one of those ones where I go to a fisting festival and break the world record for fisting. If you want to see fisting festival talk, you’ll have to bring it up yourself. Sorry. But if you have a sex problem, or if you have an enemy whose name you would like to see connected with throat gonorrhea in print, or if you are fulfilled in some way by writing fake questions about sex problems and having them answered as though they were real, then drop me a line.


    Kramer Bussel, by the way, gives up the story of her “first-time” alongside other writer-y New York lumniaries like Jonathan Ames and the New Yorker‘s Ben Greenman for L‘s “Losin’ It.”

    Valentine’s Day + Cerebral Palsy Sex Fiend = Village Voice Cover


    No way Rachel Kramer Bussel would’ve let this happen. No way.

  • Something in the Way He Moves [Voice]
  • Ana Marie Cox’s Own Meet The Press? | L.I. Girl Beaten, Shown On YouTube, Arrests Made | Ex-Voice Sex Columnist Laments | What Single Women Look Like To The Times


    Ana Marie Cox with cocktail at 2006′s Time 100 party

    • Long Island Girl: Beaten, video uploaded to YouTube, arrests made. [AP]
    • Ana Marie Cox: To get own Meet The Press? [Radar]
    • Rachel Kramer Bussel: “I’m too single” to be a Voice sex columnist, apparently. [Lusty Lady]
    • What All Single Women: Look like Carrie and Angelina to CBS and the Times. [CJR Daily]
    • NBC’s Kevin Reilly: “We brought love back this year to the network.” [Variety]