Oh lookee, lookee!!! Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century. It’s an amazing book. Don’t take my word for it… lookit the great review she got in Publishers Weekly!!
"This handy how-to promises mind-blowing, toe-curling, highly spiritual sex for humble beginners, BDSM aficionados and everyone in between. Sex educator Carrellas is on a mission to bring Tantra-the ancient practice of sacred sex, in which interpersonal connection and transformative ecstasy are the norm-to the modern world, to reclaim sex from "messed-up, sexually-dysfunctional, judgmental, and ignorant culture," and to shift the urban sex paradigm from recreational activity to a sumptuous, impassioned way of life. Not that one necessarily needs that kind of ambition: Carrellas offers ways to enhance any old sexual encounter (with techniques like breathing, stroking, prodding and piercing), techniques for solo play and countless uses for a trunk full of toys. Same sex, transgender, and multi-partner play is encouraged (if not highly recommended), and the text is peppered with illuminating, try-this-at-home anecdotes. Pictures and diagrams are whimsical but instructive, making Carrellas’s cheerful descriptions of unusual concepts-"gigglegasms," "rainbow rubs" and "the mushy puss" among them-easy to grasp. A final chapter, on "Sex Magic," examines the power of Tantra to achieve a number of effects, from backpain relief to a happier office to world peace; however far you’d like to take your sex life, this friendly guide will likely show the way."
C’mon, is that great or what? Yay, Barbara!
When Barbara and I first got together about ten years ago, she had
just begun to write Urban Tantra, and it reflects a lifetime of dedication to
discovering the nature of pleasure and the spiritual value of sex. I am so happy for her. And for you readers of Hello, Cruel World, this is the book I recommend you read in several of the 101 alternatives to suicide, like # 2, "Take a deep breath and touch yourself," and # 38, "Cast a spell," the Sex Magic Mode. It also works great with alternative # 55, "Be orgasmically celibate.
And speaking of Hello, Cruel World, it’s gone into it’s second printing! Woo-hoo! So, it should
be appearing on bookshelves again really soon. I’ve been getting a LOT
of great feedback on the book, and I’m learning that a lot of people
have been giving them to friends and family. Yow. That blows me away.
That’s a lot of freaks and outlaws who are all agreeing on some pretty radical stuff. I’ve been meeting a whole lot of folks while I’ve been on the road these past couple of months, and my head is starting to boil with some interesting patterns which I promise I’ll write more about here once I get the freakin’ time to do it.
Here’s the deal — I’ve been in and out of the hospital the last couple of weeks, and I’ve had to cancel a couple of engagements, and I HATE TO DO THAT!!! But everyone’s been really compassionate and generous, and where I’ve had to cancel, I’ll be re-booking for soon.
I haven’t been off the road completely, though. To the contrary, I’ve had
the busiest touring schedule I can remember, and I’ve been meeting some
GREAT sex positivists, sex radicals, gender anarchists, and gender celebrants and the cool news is
we’re starting to network.
But the effect of all that has been that I’m wiped out and I’ve been not posting here or answering much email, blog comments, or MySpace messages. I’m sorry. My bad, completely. I’ll do my very best to rectify the situation as soon as I possibly can.
Okay, thank you very much for your interest in my stuff.