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Kink Author Panel with Kwon, Greenwell, Machado, and Chee

Despite its provocative title, Kink is not a book about sex, says the New York TimesJazmine Hughes. It’s a book about kink, and the more than a dozen authors in the newly released anthology interpret what that is in different ways. The collection aims to collect and elevate serious literary considerations about power and pleasure, and its roster is star-studded: Editors R.O. Kwon (author of The Incendiaries) and Garth Greenwell (author of last year’s buzzy Cleanness) have assembled work, some previously published, from lit-world celebrities like Brandon Taylor, Alexander Chee, and Carmen Maria Machado alongside contributions from even more recognizable names like Chris Kraus and Roxane Gay that play with expectations and relationships as much as they just play. In Taylor’s story, “Oh, Youth,” highlighted by the New Yorker‘s Katy Waldman, a rich older couple bring a young man into their home (and their marriage) for a short period, but the story isn’t just about sex; it’s about how wealth and age add up and their effects on intimacy. Politics & Prose will present a panel on Friday with not just one but four of the authors—Kwon, Chee, Machado, and Greenwell—whose discussion should slightly titillate while illuminating the work between the covers. The discussion begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12. Registration is available at Free.