Friday, February 10, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Steve Almond Interviewed about Sex by The Nervous Breakdown

The Five Question Sex Interview: Men Undressed Edition: Steve Almond
by Gina Frangello
Steve Almond
Closing off our “Six Question Sex Interview” series featuring various contributors to the anthology
Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience, we decided to give the lone man in the book—foreword contributor, Steve Almond—a whirl with the questions.  One question (in which female contributors had been asked whether they would ever consider having sex with “their” male character from the book) no longer seemed to make sense, and so I struck it from the list . . . although in typical Steve Almond fashion, he had found a way to answer it, actually, in quipping, “Well, I am my male character, and I have sex with myself all the time.”

A number of readers, as well as students in an academic setting, have asked us why we chose a male writer for the foreword.  Did we feel the need for a male stamp of approval?  Want a counterview for the sake of balance?  In the end, though, the answer was less political and more easy than that: we chose Steve because he’s one of the best literary sex writers we know, and probably more articulate and lucid about the current role of sex in American lit than anyone else we could call to mind.  And he did not disappoint.  We hope you’ll check out his foreword—and of course the rest of the book—and thanks for following this series!

Gina Frangello, Stacy Bierlein, Cris Mazza and Kat Meads
(editors, Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience)

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