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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 301 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002MKOQUG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This book was so well written, it makes me wonder why the author settled working a simple customer-service job at a video store, and not for some high-profile place like a well respected magazine or newspaper. The stories will inspire, make you think, and take a different perspective on life (and of course, video porn and human behavior). Best of all, there's a sense of humor about it that cannot be missed.
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I read these back in the day when Ali was posting them to a blog and was pleased to see her stories collected in a convenient ebook format. Her snappy writing captures the unintentional humor and very intentional pathos of a retail worker stuck in a job that forces you to interact with some... interesting characters. Recommended for anyone who has ever worked retail.
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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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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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My morning alarm clock was set to NPR. One morning as I was waking from the fog of sleep, I caught a piece on Ali Davis and her True Porn Clerk blog. I woke up laughing and immediately latched onto the blog. I couldn't stop reading (and laughing), and I read until there was no more to read. I periodically checked in on her blog to catch up with any new development. Then, one day, it was gone. I was so glad to discover she'd published her blog in book form. For those that followed the blog, you've probably read most of the stories already. For me, I enjoyed revisiting the old stories and discovering those I'd missed. This book is easy to pick up, put down and is a fun, light read.
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