Although for obvious reasons the official release date is Valentine’s Day, you can now purchase your very own copy of Best American Erotica 2006 at Amazon, Powell’s or other large booksellers. Your local independent bookstore, which is where you really should buy the book to make the world a better place, of course, will have them in stock in a week or so. But a little anticipation can be a good thing.
I’ve had my contributor’s copy for a few weeks now and I must say this year is tops. I’ll be talking about some of my favorite stories in entries to come, but I’ll start off with some admiration of the editor’s work. Susie Bright has done an amazing job of assembling erotic pieces that span every sexual orientation, every literary flavor from lovely and lyrical to razor-sharp wit, every range of human response from quietly thought-provoking to steamy go-for-the-zipper smut (well-written smut, of course). I would classify my own story as one at the steamier end of the spectrum thanks to the scene with the ex-husband, though of course each reader must be her/his own judge. There’s also a lot of Japan-the-beautiful imagery, but in my defense, that part is not a fantasy.
Most of all, reading Best American Erotica makes you feel literate and smart and sophisticated…and horny, too. What more can you ask from a humble tome?