Dear Dr. Tatiana,
I'm a European praying mantis, and I've noticed I enjoy sex more if I bite my lovers' heads off first. Somehow they then seem less inhibited, more urgent—it's fabulous. Do you find this too? — I Like 'Em Headless in Lisbon
Some of my best friends are man-eaters, but between you and me, cannibalism isn't my bag. I can see why you like it, though. Males of your species are boring lovers. Beheading them works wonders: whereas a headless chicken rushes wildly about, a headless mantis thrashes in a sexual frenzy. Why can't he be that way when he's whole?
Excerpted from Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson. Copyright 2014 by Karen Russell. Excerpted by permission of Atavist Books.