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When Daphne Gottlieb first found herself the character in someone else’s story she was intrigued; over time, as she appeared in more and more stories, she started to wonder about the implications of what was real and what wasn’t. Did it matter that there were published stories of her having sex in bathrooms, vacant parking lots, on the balcony at a party in an old bordello When Daphne Gottlieb first found herself the character in someone else’s story she was intrigued; over time, as she appeared in more and more stories, she started to wonder about the implications of what was real and what wasn’t. Did it matter that there were published stories of her having sex in bathrooms, vacant parking lots, on the balcony at a party in an old bordello? Did it matter whether or not they were true? This question sparked the idea for Fucking Daphne, a collection that blurs the lines between reality and fiction and begs the question “who is the real Daphne?” A pill-popping wild child? A soft place to fall with a broken heart? A dreadlocked vixen? Contributors include Hanne Blank, Stephen Elliot, Sarah Katherine Lewis, and Ariel Gore, who describe, watch, and engage with a character that is not Daphne Gottlieb; Daphne is a projection, a fantasy, a zeitgeist. We are all a multitude of people in bed. We are all Daphne. Harnessing the playfulness of the hoax, the seductiveness of literature, and the edginess of the avant-garde, Fucking Daphne is unique in a culture hungry for sex, information, and most of all, understanding.


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When Daphne Gottlieb first found herself the character in someone else’s story she was intrigued; over time, as she appeared in more and more stories, she started to wonder about the implications of what was real and what wasn’t. Did it matter that there were published stories of her having sex in bathrooms, vacant parking lots, on the balcony at a party in an old bordello When Daphne Gottlieb first found herself the character in someone else’s story she was intrigued; over time, as she appeared in more and more stories, she started to wonder about the implications of what was real and what wasn’t. Did it matter that there were published stories of her having sex in bathrooms, vacant parking lots, on the balcony at a party in an old bordello? Did it matter whether or not they were true? This question sparked the idea for Fucking Daphne, a collection that blurs the lines between reality and fiction and begs the question “who is the real Daphne?” A pill-popping wild child? A soft place to fall with a broken heart? A dreadlocked vixen? Contributors include Hanne Blank, Stephen Elliot, Sarah Katherine Lewis, and Ariel Gore, who describe, watch, and engage with a character that is not Daphne Gottlieb; Daphne is a projection, a fantasy, a zeitgeist. We are all a multitude of people in bed. We are all Daphne. Harnessing the playfulness of the hoax, the seductiveness of literature, and the edginess of the avant-garde, Fucking Daphne is unique in a culture hungry for sex, information, and most of all, understanding.

30 review for Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Imogen

    Hannah gave me this! She was like, 'this is that book by that person you like,' and then she send it three thousand miles across the country ON A PONY. Here's the thing, for me, about Daphne Gottlieb: her writing works because it's about this aggressive, stylized vulnerability. Like yes she can use a theoretical framework to cut away the viscera or whatever, and she can also talk like a gutter punker to the same end, but ultimately- while they're a great way to do it- I'm not so interested in the Hannah gave me this! She was like, 'this is that book by that person you like,' and then she send it three thousand miles across the country ON A PONY. Here's the thing, for me, about Daphne Gottlieb: her writing works because it's about this aggressive, stylized vulnerability. Like yes she can use a theoretical framework to cut away the viscera or whatever, and she can also talk like a gutter punker to the same end, but ultimately- while they're a great way to do it- I'm not so interested in the tools as I am what they uncover: that loneliness, nervousness, regret, and most importantly the 'I am owning this and you don't get to touch it' attitude toward them. So reading, over and over, about the tattoos, the height, the dreads, the boots, it's like... I don't know, those things kind of miss the point about what's interesting about Daphne. Which is the point of this book, right, the big pomo homo project where there's nothing at the center except what each individual writer puts there. And the vulnerability that's got to be inherent on Daphne's part for that to work, right? I mean, plus the hilarious, awesome self-mythologizing that comes from putting out a book like this. But so yeah, anyway, only a few of the pieces in the book really got at what I wanted them all to get at. "Dancing For Daphne," by Sarah Katherine Lewis, in which Daphne's a total minx who doesn't really know what she's doing (and gets all embarrassed for it) while the narrator tops the shit out of her, and almost entirely intellectually instead of physically- that was the highlight for me. There was vulnerability there, and the kinda scuzzy dirty thing that's so easy to pay lip service was actually, like, the substance of the story. Still, I like reading about San Francisco, I like reading about rock stars, I like Daphne-as-icon, and it's comforting to read about pervy sex. So I recommend it, even though it's not what I wanted it to be.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allison Floyd

    Good fun! There were a couple clunkers, and some ho-hum numbers, but overall, a solid, engaging collection that entertains and at times compels and resonates. The concept of a literary equivalent to "reality" T.V. is timely and brilliant (spoken like a true Rock of Love fan). While the orthodoxy of San Francisco identity politics inevitably rears its head, it's just as often quite refreshingly flouted. High points include "Colin on Colin" and "Uppercasing," both of which made me laugh out loud a Good fun! There were a couple clunkers, and some ho-hum numbers, but overall, a solid, engaging collection that entertains and at times compels and resonates. The concept of a literary equivalent to "reality" T.V. is timely and brilliant (spoken like a true Rock of Love fan). While the orthodoxy of San Francisco identity politics inevitably rears its head, it's just as often quite refreshingly flouted. High points include "Colin on Colin" and "Uppercasing," both of which made me laugh out loud and contained actual, original ideas. I want to be a textural DJ when I grow up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nat Smith

    self-serving crap

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cherise

    As I understand it this anthology was put together after Daphne discovered herself starring in someone else’s story in a book called Best American Erotica. As she states in the foreword of this book “In some story, some girl with my name is doing nasty things to some boy and the whole world can read it. With one hand, if they want.” How can you not be intrigued by that statement? So she gathered a group of 29 writers and let them each tell their ‘story’ in this a kiss and tell book all about Dap As I understand it this anthology was put together after Daphne discovered herself starring in someone else’s story in a book called Best American Erotica. As she states in the foreword of this book “In some story, some girl with my name is doing nasty things to some boy and the whole world can read it. With one hand, if they want.” How can you not be intrigued by that statement? So she gathered a group of 29 writers and let them each tell their ‘story’ in this a kiss and tell book all about Daphne. With 29 authors, 29 stories and only 260 pages, that makes some of these stories extremely short in length, but I didn’t find any of them lacking. Like in most anthologies there were stories that I enjoyed far more than others, but on a whole I thought this collections was pretty darn good. This book touches on many different subjects along with various sexcapades about hers truly. From graveyard romps, school girl sexual exploration/experimentation, strippers, bondage bunnies, lesbian and straight sex, there is no shortage of content. I found myself amazed at the uniqueness of each tale; each story contained a different Daphne. While there were always some similarities in her appearance each author managed to bring a little something more to the personality of the Daphne they wrote about. A small sample of my favorites: Dear Rachel, Please Read by Bucky Sinister – a humorous story told in the form of a letter from a man to his girlfriend - explaining in detail all the rumors she heard about him shagging Daphne were untrue. The Meow by Justin Chin – a Daphne tale told to us by her cat, Moshpit. I though it was a clever story about how he protects her and guards her dreams. What Daphne Thinks About In Bed by T.R. Moss – A story that centers on Daphne’s solo lovin’ and the fantasies she conjures in the process. This isn’t a book I could sit down and read from cover to cover, it is something that I picked up now and then and read a few stories at a time. There was maybe only one story I didn’t care for out of the entire collection, the rest I either liked or really liked. It was interesting, to say the least, and while I am not sure how I stumbled upon this book, I am glad that I did. Daphne and her writer pals have created a very distinctive and pleasurable read. Cherise Everhard, July 2008

  5. 5 out of 5

    janjanjan

    bucky sinister is funny

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa M.

    I had attempted to read this book before and had read all but two stories. I’m not sure why I justified putting it down at the time; I was depressed and in a bad relationship, and lonely, and erotica probably didn’t comfort me at the time. So, I was excited to pick this book up again. However, my life was not what made me dislike this book. Like any exercise in post-modernism, the idea behind this book is more enthralling than the actual writing. I love the questions of identity that inspired Go I had attempted to read this book before and had read all but two stories. I’m not sure why I justified putting it down at the time; I was depressed and in a bad relationship, and lonely, and erotica probably didn’t comfort me at the time. So, I was excited to pick this book up again. However, my life was not what made me dislike this book. Like any exercise in post-modernism, the idea behind this book is more enthralling than the actual writing. I love the questions of identity that inspired Gottlieb. Most of these short stories were merely exercises to answer those questions though: stylistically experimental, or overtly crafting Gottlieb as a symbol— making it clear that this is not the real Gottlieb we are dealing with. Very few of these stories left me questioning if they were true/what was true in them, which is disappointing. I feel that is one of the major points of this book. So, great post-modern concept, but not executed very well. The first few times I encountered it I found it amusing, but it got old really quickly. Well what about the topic, then? Eroticism! Sex! There must be a lot of great sex in this book. Well, it was an inclusive read, and any coupling (sex/gender-wise) you could have wanted was there. A lot of scenarios and kinks were included, some that even disturbed me. I don’t read enough eroticism to know how it works usually, but most of these stories were not what I would consider eroticism. They did not revolve around sex. They had plots, which often included one paragraph or so of ambiguously defined encounters. If you want the hot juicy details, this book is definitely not for you. That does not mean there were no stories that made me hot and heavy, but overall, the book disappointed. This book was too easy to read, too easy to analyze, and for something so “erotic,” too easy to put down. The stories I could relate to/enjoyed the most (not always mutually exclusive): Another Night, Another Pillow”, School Bus, Dancing for Daphne, Merge, Of the Tantrum I Almost Threw, What Daphne Thinks About in Bed The most interesting stories were the ones that blatantly discussed the book. In “Colin on Colin” the author writes about why he refuses to analyze his sex in a previous relationship, and in the Afterward we get more discussion about post-modernism. But overall, a pretty bad book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Obsquatch

    Because the cover alone, I can't bring this book to work with me to read on my lunch breaks or down time. That means that Fucking Daphne is my secret book. I like it so far, which isn't very far, but the involvement of Daphne in every story as a fictional lover; an unachievable sexual conquest; an object of overwhelming desire, is more than amusing for someone who knows nothing about her. In my mind, other people are creating her out of nothing and then doing wonderful unspeakable things to and Because the cover alone, I can't bring this book to work with me to read on my lunch breaks or down time. That means that Fucking Daphne is my secret book. I like it so far, which isn't very far, but the involvement of Daphne in every story as a fictional lover; an unachievable sexual conquest; an object of overwhelming desire, is more than amusing for someone who knows nothing about her. In my mind, other people are creating her out of nothing and then doing wonderful unspeakable things to and with her, simultaneously with and without her permission. The strangely similar representations of Daphne between the short stories, through so many different author's perception, hints that there is an underlying truth to her "fictional" self presented as a sexual goddess, and I am the kind of person who will read about a sexual goddess for hours and hours and hours. I have heard from other readers of this book that the repeated lust and sexual conquests in this collection of storys gets a little old, and I am not looking forward to that happening with me. For now, I like this book out loud, in secret. Update 9/2/09 I can't keep reading this book. It is too omnipotent. It is too egocentric. It is too far removed from what I would consider plausible conversation. A lot of people have either fucked this woman, or wanted to fuck this woman, or regretted fucking this woman. Whether it happened or it didn't doesn't make the short stories any better. I liked this book at first. I loathed it months later. Probably as a result of not knowing anyone who would consider this more a lifestyle and less a waste of life. I can only take so much shoe polish until it too starts to look like bullshit. Read Adventures In Erectile Dysfunction. Read Pretty Monster. I got through A Fuck Story and gave up. Maybe next week I'll start again, but I think this book has lost me. Oh well, I know there are better things out there to read. Update 8/18/2010 Yep. I picked it back up, probably because of the cover. Yep. I put it back down. How many lesbian writers does it take to fuck Daphne until you don't care? A whole fist full.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Quite the interesting concept for a book of varied erotica. The author discovers herself the subject of some dirty story-telling, and is thus inspired to invite people to write about her in a series of stories. It's not a book you read from cover to cover, but that's an appealing part. A series of shorts so vastly different but more than smutty keeps your attention just fine, thank you. Can you imagine others picturing you in your deepest intimacies? What does it mean to have yourself so variousl Quite the interesting concept for a book of varied erotica. The author discovers herself the subject of some dirty story-telling, and is thus inspired to invite people to write about her in a series of stories. It's not a book you read from cover to cover, but that's an appealing part. A series of shorts so vastly different but more than smutty keeps your attention just fine, thank you. Can you imagine others picturing you in your deepest intimacies? What does it mean to have yourself so variously splayed (quite literally in some cases)? Now imagine purposefully inviting others to think of you in such a manner.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lilly

    I'm desperately trying to read more fiction. First selection, Fucking Daphne. If you don't know, Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based poet/performance artist/writer/you know the drill, and, finding herself a character in more than one piece of erotica, got lots of writers to write short stories about fucking her. It's pretty great. Only reason it's four stars instead of five is that I didn't find more than one story that really really got me - the best in my opinion was "UPPERCASING," by Charlie An I'm desperately trying to read more fiction. First selection, Fucking Daphne. If you don't know, Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based poet/performance artist/writer/you know the drill, and, finding herself a character in more than one piece of erotica, got lots of writers to write short stories about fucking her. It's pretty great. Only reason it's four stars instead of five is that I didn't find more than one story that really really got me - the best in my opinion was "UPPERCASING," by Charlie Anders.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Higgins

    I thought the idea behind this book was clever and smart. Not only did I find and make friends with Character Daphne, but I found myself thru out the pages of the book. I laughed, I cried, I got angry.... Sometimes I was Daphne, sometimes I was the person who was interacting with her. I really enjoyed reading this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Clammer

    What would you do if you found out that people were writing erotic stories about you? How about ask some of your friends to write more stories? Daphne Gottlieb is awesome as she edits an anthology of mostly true fictions about people fucking her. Hot and smart--these stories are fucking great.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Mostly really excellent. By the time I was getting to the end, I was getting bored with getting slightly invested in characters and then leaving them. So is the crux of the short story, I suppose.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This is for book group. I was hesitant to read this, but so far so good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    yes. yes. yes!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashli

    Some of these stories were better than others.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caren

    I'm in it! "Five Nouns" is next to some other filthy-wonderful pomo fun with, among others, Sarah Katherine Lewis, Ariel Gore, Nick Mamatas, and Carolyn Turgeon! Worthy of all the !s in here! I'm in it! "Five Nouns" is next to some other filthy-wonderful pomo fun with, among others, Sarah Katherine Lewis, Ariel Gore, Nick Mamatas, and Carolyn Turgeon! Worthy of all the !s in here!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Janov

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Niya

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gordon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Freddy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shane

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alfred Smith

  25. 4 out of 5

    Artemio

  26. 5 out of 5

    Harvey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leah Horlick

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teemu

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ammie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Yarrito

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