From the acclaimed author of Happy Baby (MacAdam/Cage Publishing), comes this brilliant collection of fiction, memoir and the murky terrain betwixt and between. My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up (Cleis Press) offers some of the most provocative texts on the BDSM tradition. Stephen Elliott is certainly a writer to watch, regardless of whether or not you spend your weekends ball-gagged and bound to your headboard. His compelling preface openly challenges the current political regime, “Recently there has been a rash of crackdowns on practitioners of consensual sadomasochism. Our president, who sanctions torment all over the world…has initiated a war at home on people who like to tie and hurt each other in the privacy of their own bedrooms.” The solution? According to Elliott, “It is in everyone’s best interest for people to be more open about their sexual desires. More pride flags need to be displayed on porches and windows and tattoos.” Add to that, we need more writers like Stephen Elliott.