If an account of one's tour of duty as a stripper and sometimes prostitute in seedy downtown Washington, D.C. gay clubs could ever be called "breezy," Seymour's achieved it. Sure to please the hedonistic gay man in (almost) all of us, Seymour is frank and entirely explicit as he chronicles his journey from diligent Masters' candidate (developing a thesis on gay strip clubs) to onstage talent working every night to make a living. Unafraid to bare it all, in person and in prose, Seymour details his brief foray into prostitution as well as the (very) personal stories of his fellow dancers. Seymour can dissemble, first pinning his stripping career on low self-esteem, but later admitting to some early success with more traditional dancing and acting; it becomes clear that the author is a bit of a narcissist, but a charming one. The last fifty pages, accounting for his subsequent work as a celebrity interviewer, are pure filler; when he sticks to the clubs, though, readers will feel they're in the hands of an expert.
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"Part sexy parable, part witty reminiscence, part informative history lesson, All I Could Bare is a captivating introspective into a world we all have pondered. Unflinchingly honest, Seymour shows that there's far more to being naked than taking off one's clothes." -- Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of the New York Times bestseller I Am Not Myself These Days and Candy Everybody Wants
"A clever and candid look into the world of gay male stripping that is infectious, irreverent, and ultimately inspiring." -- Stewart Lewis, author of Rockstarlet
"Witty, humorous, and filled with the guilty indulgence of an unadulterated insider's view...a cunning memoir of what most gay men search for -- to be desired, and hot boys." -- Terrance Dean, author of Hiding in Hip Hop
I was in the audience for may performances like this and enjoyed hearing about the other side from a literate stripper.Published 9 months ago by A. Pryor
This is an easy breezy read and it's a lot of fun. There's enough "backstage dish" to satisfy anyone who has wanted to know what goes on behind-the-scenes at male strip... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by mtaabq
I don't know what else to say other than BUY THIS BOOK. It was very entertaining as well as informative about the history of strip clubs in D.C. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Rigaud
I just finished reading Craig Seymour's touching autobiography called "All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C.". Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Terrance Richard
Don't take my 3 stars to mean this book sucks. It doesn't. It's decent. It's just not amazing.
It's a fun, light read. Read more
I read some of the reviews for the book during and after I read the book. One thing about the negative comments: I read memoirs for the experience, enjoyment and recreation. Read morePublished on December 3, 2009 by Thomas Marino
I picked this book up with great interest, because I wanted to know what "really" goes on in the world of strippers. Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by Popeye
This was a great book. Engaging from first page to last. I hope he continues writing books.Published on September 12, 2009 by PTR
I thoroughly loved this book on a variety of levels.
The Prurient: I am not a gay man, so the world of gay strip clubs is one of the parts of the sex industry I'll never... Read more