Synopses & Reviews
proves that smart and sexy aren't mutually exclusive terms.
This scintillating collection gathers the hottest, funniest, and most richly imagined explorations of sex by some the finest contemporary writers in the history of the award-winning literary journal Tin House Denis Johnson, Miranda July, Steve Almond, Francine Prose, Elissa Schappell, and others who explore sex from all angles: first moves, break-ups, blind gay cruises, furry conventions, married sex, bad sex, and more.
The pieces include personal essays, travel writing, and short stories that range from the realist tradition to narratives thoroughly unbound by convention. In bold, vibrant prose, the writers find what's funny in sex, what's eccentric, and what is so conventional that it's erotic in its own right. This engaging, indispensable collection is manna for any reader demanding food for the brain as well as the libido.
Featuring: Carol Anshaw, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Bill Gaston, Alison Grillo, Denis Johnson, Miranda July, Dylan Landis, Victor D. LaValle, Jim Lewis, Michel Lowenthal, Martha McPhee, Steven Millhauser, Nicholas Montemarano, Mary Otis, Lucia Perillo, Mark Jude Poirier, Pete Rock, Robin Romm, Elissa Schappell, Elizabeth Tallent, Robert Travieso, Matthew Vollmer.
"Though it boasts a risqué title and cunning cover art, the majority of the stories and essays collected here put the emphasis on the 'Me,' rather than the 'Do.' Having first appeared in the literary journal Tin House, these pieces vary widely in terms of structure as well as quality; Michel Lowenthal's 'You Don't See the Other Person Looking Back' is one of the book's strongest entries, an engrossing tale of a sighted gay man who embarks on a cruise with blind gay passengers, but it's all too short. Nicholas Montemarano's skillful metafiction 'Make Believe' and Denis Johnson's story 'Xmas in Las Vegas' are two more strong points; other pieces don't fare so well. Dylan Landis' 'Jazz,' a short story about a young girl sexually assaulted by a family friend, feels sophomoric, and Mark Jude Poirer's 'I, Maggot' seems more interested in impressing the reader with symbolism and imagery than titillating, or even telling a story. Readers interested in literary pyrotechnics and Carver-esque ruminations on the everyday will probably get a great deal out of the book, but those looking for a literary roll in the hay will be disappointed." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"These are masterful stories and essays, examples of Tin House literary magazine's excellent reputation....This is a book we want to place on the nightstand as we turn out the lamp, roll over and kiss our longtime companion good night." Los Angeles Times
"[A]n entertaining if uneven read. There are stirring tales by consummate storytellers like Steven Millhauser, as well as narrative letdowns from old hands like Denis Johnson. Many lesser-known writers like Victor LaValle, Mary Otis and Matthew Vollmer deliver the most exciting stories." S. Kirk Walsh, The New York Times Book Review
"Not one of these stories could be accused of feeling inauthentic. In fact, even as they delve into the darker side of relationships, each of them contains that spark of promise, of hope, generated by sex and love." InDigest magazine
Do Me gathers the smartest, sexiest fiction and essays from the award-winning journal Tin House. In this collection, the stories do more than just titillate. Tin House authors explore sex from all angles: first moves, breakups, sex on blind gay cruises and at "furrie" conventions, married sex, bad sex, phone sex, and sex in pools, fun houses, Vegas hotels, and public parks. Hilarious and irreverent, Do Me puts a new spin on bedtime reading and is essential fare for those who crave food for the brain as well as the libido.
DO ME collects the smartest, sexiest fiction and essays from Tin House magazine. Denis Johnson, Miranda July, Elissa Schappell, Steven Millhauser and others explore sex from all angles: first moves, break-ups, blind gay cruises, furry conventions, married sex, bad sex, and more.
About the Author
Win McCormack is publisher and editor-in-chief of Tin House magazine. He has been in the magazine and book publishing business since 1976. He published Oregon Magazine from 1976 to 1988, and has also been involved in publishing Oregon Business, Oregon Home, Travel Oregon, Military History Quarterly, and Art and Auction magazines, and was involved in the start-up of Mother Jones. He is editor of the books Profiles of Oregon, Great Moments in Oregon History, and The Rajneesh Chronicles, and won a William Allen White award for his investigative coverage of the Rajneesh cult from 1982-1986. He writes on politics and wrote the article "Deconstructing the Election: Foucault, Derrida and GOP strategy," about the presidential election debacle in Florida in 2000, for the Nation. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.