06/12/2013 10:23 am ET

What One Editor Learned From Reading About Hundreds of Strangers' Sex Lives


For the past six years, New York magazine has published a weekly sex diary, written by a new anonymous contributor each week, documenting all the hopeful first dates, ill-fated hookups, Craigslist scrolling sessions, and failed masturbation attempts one can experience in a seven-day period. (Check out this 2009 feature for an in-depth analysis of their collective romps.) The magazine discontinued the series this week, leaving Sex Diary readers without their weekly dose of voyeurism. I talked with the diary’s most recent editor, Rachel Kramer Bussel (she also edited the recent nonfiction volume Best Sex Writing 2013) about the sociopaths, suspicious gag reflexes, and potential love connections she encountered in 2 1/2 years on the job.

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