Kathleen Warnock (editor); BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 2011; Cleis Books (Erotica) $15.95 ISBN: 9781573444255
Byline: Elizabeth Millard
A solid annual series since 2003, the Best Lesbian Erotica collections have become known for delivering spicy stories filled with humor, affection, play, and plenty of erotic encounters.
This year's collection is selected by Lea DeLaria, a lesbian comedian and jazz vocalist well-known in the gay community. Her choices follow certain trends and ideas in the "collective unconscious," writes series editor Kathleen Warnock in her introduction. Whereas the 2010 collection included more humorous offerings, this year, writers explored political topics like gay marriage, and expressed doubts and hopes about negotiating long-term relationships.
Another trend in the collection is the inclusion of many stories told from the butch point of view, or describing butch-type women seducing femmes or being mistaken for men. In general, though, DeLaria expertly chose content with an array of perspectives, situations, and seductions.
In some stories, sex is carefree and almost anonymous, as in "Ladies' Coupe," written by an Indian writer who calls herself only Anamika. As a young woman makes the journey from New Delhi to her family in Lucknow, her daydreams are interrupted by a female police officer looking for a fugitive. The conversation takes a decidedly seductive turn and soon both are enjoying the privacy of...