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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550224158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550224153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,214,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The applause is near-deafening as crowd favourite Tristan Taormino makes her way to the podium to pick up her award. "Oh my God! This is so wonderful," she gushes, all the while trying to hold back tears. "Buttman, you gave me a chance when no one else would, and the next thing I knew I was the subject of a gang-bang, and now this . . . I just want to thank Mom and Dad." Welcome to the world of Sex Carnival - a whimsical, eye-opening record of one man's travels into the bold new world of porn. Bill Brownstein provides a guide for the uninitiated and the bewildered, a hands-on intro for anyone who wonders why the porno biz has become so mainstream in just the last few years. Brownstein's global travels take him from watching Tristan and other sex superstars accept their trophies at the annual porn awards ceremony in Las Vegas to witnessing the weekend shopping sprees of Dutch families as the kids push their grocery carts through the biggest sex supermarkets on earth. He takes us from dungeons and dragons pleasure chambers in New York to a different kind of pleasure - the rough trade in Hamburg. And along the way, he stops off to catch some lap-dancing in Montreal and all kinds of unexpected action at the sex bars of Paris.ÿ Sex Carnival is no definitive history of porn. Instead, this book is fun. Brownstein gives us a lively account of our obsession with the business of sex, an odyssey of one man's encounters with a universe of titillation that is fresh, original, naughty, and very bizarre.

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BILL BROWNSTEIN has been a columnist with the Montreal Gazette since 1983. He was a contributing writer to the bestselling book Montreal's Century, published by the Gazette in 1999. He has written and produced two feature film documentaries - Skating on Thin Ice and Bill Lee: Profile of a Pitcher - and will soon be writing and producing a film drama about American comedian Bill Hicks.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, this book does not succeed in being either 1) a juicy and thought-provoking expose, or 2) a well-written and engaging travelogue. It reads like a series of PG-rated magazine articles strung together with very little theme or continuity. The writing is journalistic and pretty bland. Wouldn't recommend it, especially at $15-$20 retail for a thin paperback you could finish in a day and will never touch again.
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The result of a publisher asking Bill Brownstein to check out global sex hot spots, _Sex Carnival_ (ECW Press), is Brownstein�s rambling, jocular account of completing that assignment. His chapters are arranged by city in Europe, the US, and Canada; his publisher�s budget prevented Bangkok. He got to see some places that if you are like me, you are curious about, and also if you are like me, you wouldn�t get caught dead in. Take, for instance, the Porno Oscars at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The lovely Tristan Taormino picks up her award for best tape devoted to a particular sexual act. "Oh, my God! This is so wonderful!... I just want to thank my mom and dad..." The Adult Video News Award show has become so mainstream that there is now a prize for Best Non-Sex Performance. When Brownstein gets to chat with John Leslie ("The Cecil B. DeMille of Porn"), he discovers a theme that runs throughout this book. Often the people in sex businesses are very conventional. Leslie paints landscapes, plays harmonica in a blues band, grows his own food, and has a marriage lasting two decades. His wife explains that she met him in 1980, when he was famous for his performances in front of the porn cameras. "He was a huge star - well, you know what I mean..."
Brownstein gets to interview the seventy-four year old Hugh Hefner at the famous Playboy Mansion. "All of what has happened in my life," Hef says, "has not made me cynical, has not made me overly sophisticated or jaded. I am still very much the boy who dreamed the dreams and stayed connected to them." Perhaps this explains his five girlfriends, the ages of four of which it would take to add up beyond his own. He has, once again, displayed great timing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger M Berg on May 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Bill Brownstein is not for the purient either. He has an air of engaged detachment but is absorbed despite himself. He provides an overview of some interesting parts of the multi-billion dollar porn industry. But it is an interesting business. Brownstein manages to see the subtle humor in what is a serious business to most.
He reminds me of Calvin Trillin who wrote for the New Yorker about which was the best chili restaurant in Cincinnati. Trillin didn't care which was best but made the reader interested in the fact that people there did care which was best.
But don't belive me read the book. Be ready to have people stare at you when you LOL...
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