Writing about sex is a conundrum every writer faces. Dirty or clean? Pornographic or chaste? Romantic or lustful? Romantic and lustful or cruel and depraved? Impotent and frigid or hot and heavy? It would be easier, certainly, to just avoid the subject entirely. After all, the British don’t give out a Good Sex In Fiction award. But like every other human endeavor, the brave writer has to tackle the subject whether they’d like to or not, and on May 15th*, The Disagreement will present four writers and one filmmaker game enough to take on not just the dirty deed itself, but its aftermath and consequences too — loneliness, unwanted pregnancies, awkward relationships, celebrity fetishes, and accidental anal sex, among other outcomes, both tragic and hilarious.
Nicholson Baker once said, “A good sex scene needs thwartedness, surprise, innocence, and hair,” and we promise all that and more for Wet Is Better Than Greasy**.
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Sara Lippmann is the author of the story collection, Doll Palace, forthcoming this September from Dock Street Press. A 2012 NYFA Fiction Fellow, her work has appeared in The Good Men Project, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Slice Magazine, Wigleaf, PANK, Joyland, Big Muddy, Tupelo Quarterly and elsewhere. For more, visit saralippmann.com.
Molly O’Brien is a writer in Brooklyn who has been published in places like PANK, Paper Darts, and Illuminati Girl Gang. Once a Thought Catalog commenter called her ‘everything that is wrong with the internet,’ which she has chosen to take as a compliment.
Rebecca Mills is a New York based actor/writer (member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA). She recently completed Warning: Don’t Laugh at the Natives, a comedic memoir based on a decade of misadventures in New York City. She has performed excerpts of the book in a one-woman show called “Charmed” at The Peoples Improv Theatre. Additionally, she has performed some of the stories at the Moth, in their New York StorySlams, and most recently at Renegade Reading Series, Honey and Poison, Stoop to Nuts at Cornelia Street Cafe, Rabbit Tales, Muffins in the Window, and Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB. As an actor, Mills has has performed her own (fictional) work at Joe’s Pub and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Mills is also a wine writer
Writer/Director Kirsten Kearse’s film and video works include the shorts Andalusiaville, What’s That Smell and her completed Horsefingers Trilogy: Horsefingers, Horsefingers 2: But I Am The Tiger, and Horsefingers 3: Starfucker. They’ve traveled the film festival circuit screening at large industry festivals (Seattle International, Edinburgh International, Slamdance) as well as at more radical underground festivals (Calgary, Boston, Athens). Her most recent work, Why Not, Vermont, is soon to make its debut. She is a MacDowell Fellow and currently splits her time between LA and NY.
Brittany Goss has published writing in Joyland Magazine, The Writing Disorder, Bellingham Review, and Grasslimb Journal. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and has received support for her writing from the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories, which includes “Beauty Queens”. More information can be found at brittanygoss.com.
* Note the exciting change in date. Rather than the second Wednesday this month, we will be happening on the third Thursday!
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