My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up
By Rollerblade on March 18, 2009
Stephen Elliott is an American born and based political activist and a terrific writer of erotic fiction, having been featured in Best American Erotica and Best Sex Writing 2006, as well as household publication names such as GQ and The New York Times.
My Girlfriend Comes to the City is a collection of erotic short stories, some autobiographical, some not. In his passionate introduction, he welcomes us, unashamed, into his abusive world, both the immoral and the consensual kind, both tragic and intriguing. “This is not a memoir, but it is damn close. And I’m OK with that. And I’m OK with you knowing that”. He urges readers to be open about their sexuality and to never be ashamed. And what is said here is a good pre-requisite for what is to come in the following pages.
The stories are all linked in that they tell of Theo’s (but it’s hard not to think of it as Elliott himself) rise from lowly ‘everywhere and nowhere’ student in Europe to successful West Coast writer. In between you’ll get tasters of his abusive past, life as a junkie, a stripper, a bagel shop employee, and of course large doses of his sado-masochistic relationships with various women. And even with all of that, Elliott manages to give us a love story and a happy ending.
His brazen voice in these pieces comes across even more shocking because of its pairing with a simplistic tone. And somehow, the disturbing nature of the content does not deter the flow of the book in any way. It’s very easy to not put this book down, swallowing it whole in a matter of hours. Kara Martin
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