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True Porn Clerk Stories [Kindle Edition]

Ali Davis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Queue up these hilarious real-life stories from the video clerking trenches.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wash your hands.


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About the Author

Ali Davis is a writer, performer, and proud former video clerk. She spent three years with The Second City's National Touring Company. Ali currently lives in Los Angeles does improv and sketch comedy, and writes. She is still a movie nerd.

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  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448685249
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002MKOQUG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and insightful September 28, 2009
Format:Paperback
From a comedienne who is also a clerk at a video shop that rents porn, you would expect funny anecdotes. Probably with a healthy side helping of sarcasm. When that comedienne/clerk is also an anthropologist, you might reasonably expect some insight into what is, frankly, a widespread yet rarely-discussed subculture in America--porn renters. If the lady also happens to be a talented freelance writer with some time on her hands and a computer, well, obviously there must be a pretty interesting blog somewhere.

Ali Davis delivered on all fronts, and now her True Porn Clerk Stories have been collected into a nice, tidy--funny--bundle. And yes, there is humor; the titles of the videos she handled, her nicknames for regular customers, the inevitable flare-ups of her temper. There is also an unexpected cache of laughs in her occasional treatment of "porn addicts" as the unwitting subjects of her anthropological analysis. (She's identified the castes, the society's rules, and the prevailing attitudes.) Even the stuff that is frankly pretty gross--prepare for fluids--has an aspect of surreal humor all its own.

More impressively, though, the stories are insightful. What makes Davis's take on the anecdotes so unique is that, while tough enough to deal with porn renters nine hours a day, she doesn't seem jaded. Granted, she gets pissed at thieves, public masturbators and self-important jerks with cell phones. She's no wide-eyed pushover. But somehow, incredibly, she seems optimistic about people generally, and approaches each new customer with professional courtesy and an open mind.

Her take on porn itself is interesting; as a self-described "First Amendment Feminist," she defends the right to make, watch, and rent porn, "as long as all parties are willing adults.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Yourself a Favor and Read This Book August 26, 2009
By Nicole
Format:Kindle Edition
Ali's witty and insightful take on the life of a video store clerk is infinitely readable. Blending her razor sharp wit, knowledge of anthropology, and her keen observational skills, Ali shares with us her view of the human condition as only she can. Expect to be amused, appalled, and agog.

And, if that's not a good enough reason to read this book then do it to find out how she handles the situation with the needy regular...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything to pay the bills while waiting for a break August 27, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Years ago, Ali had a blog where she would write about the weirdness that happened at work. She'd tell us about the video store and casting calls and screenplays and she kept our interest and told a damn fine tale.
One day she up and disappeared.
Now she's back with the true tales neatly packaged to be carried on your commute bringing smiles and chuckles and perhaps an outright laugh or three. Though NSFW, it is the best thing to get you out of thinking that your job sucks.
Buy it, support Ali, maybe she'll write more true tales for us.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written August 27, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Ali's tales are the kind of thing you end up re-reading on a near-regular schedule. The want for more stories is somewhat bittersweet in that you are disappointed when you near the end, but you're glad she got out. Perhaps there's a "True Auditioning Actress Stories" in our future?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ali Davis is funny. Very funny. And you need funny to tackle this kind of subject matter. But Ali Davis is not only funny. She's astute. And clever. And unabashed. And an amazing observer of human behavior. And she has an opinion, but never once did it get in the way of me forming my own. And did I mention she's funny? I did? Well, it bears repeating.

The title is not a ruse. It is exactly what you'll get. No, that's untrue. You will get what the title promises, but then you'll get a lot more.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Mead goes to the adult video store. August 24, 2009
By Matt
Format:Kindle Edition
She's the Matt Taibbi of minimum wage. The Margaret Mead of the maligned male. She's got a BA in Anthropology from William and Mary, and she knows how to use it.

She's blogger extraordinaire Ali Davis, and she approves this message, finally in convenient Kindle and book form. "True Porn Clerk Stories" is everything you didn't realize you wanted to know about working in an adult video store, and didn't think to ask: Men. Bosses. The night shift. Weird people. Sad people. People who are neither weird nor sad. Video clerks. I think there might be cars that turn into robots at the end there, too, but I wouldn't swear to it. Almost no one gets naked, but Ali's keen eye and wit strips them all bare nonetheless.

True Porn Clerk Stories is a series of fun tales about people and porn videos, and the strange ways they intersect in one Chicago storefront. You'll laugh, you'll gasp, you'll be amazed that someone found a good use for a liberal arts degree, even while working at a video store that rents out a lot of porn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age in the Video Store May 4, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What would you do if you found yourself working in a video store in Chicagoland, checking out and restocking porn for $6.50 an hour to pay the bills? I know what I'd do. I'd take notes.

That's pretty much what Ali Davis does too. She starts a blog to report on her shifts at the porn rental store. And after the job ends and the blog ends and she goes on to the next phase in her life, she shares this diary in the form of a book.

I wasn't cool enough to have even heard of the blog. I mean, this blog was one of the first blogs to really explode internationally, after Ali read from True Porn Clerk Stories on This American Life. But I missed all that. I discovered the book by following Ali on Twitter.

She's not just holding these people up for our amusement, although there is plenty of amusement to be found. Ali offers us her perspective on why people rent porn, what happens when you get down to that hardcore core of your being, where the right to view porn fits into her personal philosophy, and how that philosophy changed as it became informed by her experiences in the rental store.

You know how I tell a really good book? As soon as I read the last word, I return to the beginning and start reading the whole thing again. I loved this book from the splash page to the last page. I frequently laughed out loud.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
waste of time
Published 4 days ago by Harold R. Leistmann
1.0 out of 5 stars So miserable that I returned it.
So miserable that I returned it. If you think listening to a miserable employee put herself on a pedestal, complain about her job, and look down on customers is funny, this is the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sharpeiboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful insights!
Customers, seen with the anthropologist eye and a fine-tuned sense of humor. A must read for both the curious and the long-suffering customer service workers.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela R. Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars I read True Porn Clerk Stories more than a decade ...
I read True Porn Clerk Stories more than a decade ago when it existed in blog form. As I recall I read it a second time as soon as I finished the first. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Monkeyboy
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast read
A little preachy but a lot of funny, too. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It doesn't change the world but it makes you feel you understand it better on the edges.
Published 6 months ago by Coby Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny read of a time gone by (VHS rentals).
Published 7 months ago by Monsterdg
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely LOLd!
This book was awesome! It will not disappoint. Good, funny stories. You can't make this stuff up!
Published 8 months ago by LadyWander
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Short but very funny.

My attempt at a review as short as the book has been thwarted by Amazon's review software so I'll have to add a few more words.
Published 16 months ago by Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Read
A hilarious look from the eyes of a porn clerk. Great travel material for long boring tribes thru Kansas and Nebraska.
Published 16 months ago by Joshua Wind
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! Was pleasantly suprised
This book was a very captivating read in that it was given from the perspective of a female who worked in an adult shop. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jon Schwarzmiller
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