Highbrow smut: local literary porno for book lovers

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By Juliette Tang

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Why Kindle when you can burn?

Sometimes, it really is sexier to close your legs and open a book. Especially in the case of good erotic fiction. While porn gives you a balls-in-the-face visual overload, the pleasures of erotica are subtler, more cerebral. A book of erotica is something you can take with you into the bathtub with a glass of wine, candles lit, and jazz on the radio. Or, put the dust jacket of Ulysses on your copy of Hot-N-Naughty: Extreme Erotica and you're totally safe to read while MUNI-ing to work in the morning.

Always known as a bookish city, San Francisco does not disappoint bibliophiles whose tastes lean toward the more sensational. Who knew there were so many different words for "penis"? Like "bald-headed butler"? This Friday (May 8, 6:30PM) at the Good Vibrations on Polk (1620 Polk Street), treat yourself to a free session of "Erotica and Wine" with a special reading by writer John Thursday. More of an "erotic philosopher," Thursday has introduced some truly necessary terms to our sexual lexicon, like zen penis, dong perch, and shirt cocking.

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Not an example of "shirt cocking"

If you've got the urge for some sizzling stories but can't make it out to Good Vibes on Friday, check out some of these progressive San Francisco bookstores for some literary hardcore!

A Different Light (489 Castro) has a comprehensive selection of GLBT erotica, erotic magazines, and comics. If you've been looking for Handjobs Anthology Volume 19 everywhere, relax because they've got it in stock!

Bound Together, the anarchist collective bookstore in the Haight-Ashbury (1369 Haight), offers tons of counterculture tomes, including a selection of erotica for all proclivities.

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Something to fill your hand ...

With an effective and well-priced collection of erotic fiction, Green Apple Books is a one stop shop if you need to pick up some Foucault and a little something for your spanking fetish all in the same place.

So you're in the mood for a kinky comic book and you find yourself in the Western Addition? Comix Experience (305 Divisadero) has a large rack of erotic comics that await your purchase.

Specializing in hard-to-find, used books and magazines, Auto Erotica (4077 18th) is the place to go for your long lost copy of Bear Magazine and some gently-used gay erotica. They also sell used dildos!

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... and something fit to be bound

If you're on a budget and not looking to add to your book collection at the moment, check out Good Vibrations' collection of free online erotica, featuring hundreds of erotic stories in its formidable archives.