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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.Read more ›
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Collected together blog posts of 30-year-old sometime performer who needed some additional income, so she works at a video store that also rents adult videos, VHS and DVD. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ellison
This book is at its best when it has the author reflecting on how her liberalism gets put to the test when having to face the reality when it walks up to the counter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. Jared C. Serra
It was an okay book for a short read. Nothing great, but not boring. Could have been a lot better.Published 9 months ago by J. Partida
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. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chuck
One of the most enjoyable nonfiction narrators I've read in quite some time! Equally sympathetic toward and frustrated by the clientele, as so many of us in the service industry... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MFA Mama
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 morePublished 13 months ago by sharpeiboy
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 13 months ago by Pamela R. Merritt