Last month was our first Bedpost Confessions
. It threw us for a loop. The monthly night is a celebration of erotica where writers and readers of all stripes, polka dots, and zigzags (OK, we'll spell it out: women, men, etc., gay, straight, etc.) get up and get down with the verbiage, get tactical with the titillatory, and get in your pants, basically, without stepping off the stage. It's that good, that juicy, that naughty, that public, and that not-to-be-missed. Atop the array of scheduled spoken-nasties, the hosts also read anonymous missives from the audience. The effect is very much heat-rising-from-collars, as when Sister Mary Margaret would intercept passed notes in class and read them aloud. We have a confession: Our confessions did not stop at the event's end. The randiness continued into the evening, with dark admissions streaking the night like so many racy neon street lights – lasers of disclosure, an owning of secrets deep – and it was mutual. As many were heard as were told, and they shall be held close, never to be let out, save for personal pleasure, in private, or in the sole company of the confessor. Revelations are powerful; that's why they are the last and darkest book. Professions are empowering; that's why they are important to air out and give a shake on occasion – an occasion such as Bedpost Confessions. And this month's features a dance afterward! Wear your most comfortable, slutty best.
INQUEERMUNICADO Finally, someone has put together a local online resource that does more than just pimp product, shill shit, and futz around on the same old self-aggrandizing feedback loop. Communicate Queerly (www.communicatequeerly.com) aims to allow Austin eventgoers and coordinators the opportunity to plan in advance and in concert at a glance. No stupid social network interface or counterintuitive bad design, no lame-ass mutually flaccid masturbation, just a simple way to tell the community: Here are my events! Oh, and there are yours! Why don't we work around each other, thereby working with each other, as opposed to working against each other and in a vacuum? What a great idea! In fact, it's brilliant. Use it.
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