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A Recent History of Porn Stars Who Wrote Memoirs

With the release of Neü Sex by Sasha Grey, we decided to do a roundup of porn stars and directors who have written memoirs. This seems to be a popular genre for obvious reasons, though the quality of the writing varies. Most are, predictably, really bad, either because the scenes are described through hackneyed, awful phrasing, or because what was advertised as a “tell-all” doesn’t really tell us much of anything in the end. There’s the “now I hate porn and was exploited” memoir, the “insider view of the industry” memoir, and the how-to guide for aspiring porn stars. Click through to peruse our roundup of some of the most interesting titles from the past twenty years.

The Reluctant Pornographer by Bruce LaBruce (1997)

Bruce LaBruce (AKA Michael La Venus) hails from the 51st state and has directed weirdo pornographic films like Hustler White, The Raspberry Reich, and a mildly mainstream zombie flick, Otto; or Up With Dead People. In his memoir, LaBruce details the frustrations of shooting porn, and in an interview at the time, said, “I choose to work in pornography because it is one of the few remaining places where homosexuals can express themselves freely and radically without fear or censure.”

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