Anthony Tao is Editor in Chief of Beijing Cream and a freelance writer/poet. He’ll be heading to Shanghai to take part in the 4th Annual That’s Shanghai Erotic Fiction Competition as part of Shanghai’s (C)litfest.
So Anthony, I hear you’re going to down to Shanghai to be a part of the That’s Shanghai Erotic Fiction Competition at Litfest?
I’m guessing I’ll be in Shanghai by the time this post is up. If you’re not doing anything tonight — assuming it’s Friday; if not, carry on — swing by Glamour Bar on the Bund at 7 pm for some free erotic literature. It’s like erotic massage, but less messy.
What inspired you to do that?
I wrote erotic lit to have an excuse to go to Shanghai.
Nah, just kidding, I write a lot of erotic lit for the hell of it.
Give us a little taste of your story. What’s the general plot?
I don’t want to reveal too much about my story, “The Biwalkers,” except to say that it very much intends to implicate the reader while everting the premise of a certain type of sexual predator who believes in “the hunt.” You’d know what I mean if you’ve ever been to a whisky bar or any watering hole frequented by consultants.
Also, the story was inspired by pandas.
There’s a rich history of erotic lit in China. Do you tie into this tradition in your own work at all?
Is doing a show of erotic material at all sensitive in China? How sensitive?
I’m going to eschew the easy joke here to say that there is a fair amount of symbolic desecration in The Biwalkers, and I’m very much looking forward to the audience’s reaction.
Tell us a bit about the event?
Is your erotic fiction autobiographical?
What are the strongest adjective and verb colors in your sexual fiction palette?
Amethystine and rouge.
Is it weird that there’s a whole interview with you on a site you run promoting your own work?
What are you talking about? You said this was for TimeOut.
UPDATE, 3/11, 11 am: I lost a rock-paper-scissor contest for the right to be declared winner — and take home a prize vibrator. –Tao