Big Sex Little Death
Big Sex Little Death
Seal Press (CA), Hardcover, 9781580052641, 328pp.
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
In this stunning and courageous coming-of-age story, Susie Bright opens her heart and her life. From fearful Irish Catholic Girl Scout to gun-toting teenage revolutionaryand finally the "The Avatar of American Erotica" (NYTimes)Bright's life story is shaped as much by America's sexual awakening as the national sexual landscape was altered by Bright herself.
In Big Sex Little Death, Bright introduces us to her influences and experiences, including her early involvement with notorious high school radicals The Red Tide as well as the magazine she co-founded in the 1980s, On Our Backsthe first-ever erotic magazine created by women, which turned the lesbian and bisexual community upside down before it took the "straight" world by storm.
Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictablelarger than life, yet utterly true to life.
"Susie Bright is a one-woman counterculture, a teenaged socialist revolutionary turned Reagan-era sexual freedom fighter. In this lively, bittersweet memoir, she recounts a life full of political and erotic adventures and betrayals, a life at once deeply subversive and totally American, defined as it is by the idea that people should be free to express and pursue their own visions of happiness, no matter how uncomfortable it makes the prigs and scolds among us." Tom Perotta, author of Little Children and Election
"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