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The Big Book of Porn Paperback – October 1, 2005
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The book opens with a timeline of the invention of still and motion pictures, the ratings administered by the MPAA, the history of obscenity rulings by the Supreme Court, and the evolution of the stag film, peep show, dirty movie theater, and home video. The author is thorough in his examination of history, from the printing press to dime store novels to VHS to the Internet and on to...virtual reality? Grahams-Smith alleges that all the high-falutin' academic research in virtual reality is founded in a desire to invent the Holy Grail of porn. He decries our prudishness about "wardrobe malfunctions" and celebrates the mainstream influence of Madonna, men's magazine Maxim, and the rise of S&M-inspired fashion.
For anyone looking to advance their porn education, the author has a list of 20 all-time classics (Taboo, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Insatiable, Alice in Wonderland, and more). The list explores the cultural and cinematic significance of each entry. Other lists include five modern classics and the two weirdest classics of all time (my lips are sealed, so pick up the book to find out the titles). The top list of leading ladies is impenetrable (who can argue with Annette Haven at #1?). Sidebars explore the magic formula for determining your porn name, the classic crossover actors, the international perspective, 20 sacred porn movie rules, and who's who in upcoming stars. Includes a glossary.
counter at Starbucks and she was reading the exact same page!?!
It was kismet. We clicked immediately.
I'm a porn history buff, but I had never known
some of these amazing facts and true stories!
Natalie loves the pictures and the do-it-yourself section.
The book is written with a great deal of humor, having
some fun with what is - too often - a very drab topic.
Great interviews, brilliant insights by the author,
and excellent descriptions consistantly make this
book an everyday read for this critic.
One word of advice though:
DO NOT BORROW THIS BOOK FROM A FRIEND.
Go out there and buy your own! It's a better idea!
Oh...and by "clicked"? I meant had sex with each other.
He was the go-to guy when you wanted to know about where to buy fireworks, what beer tasted like, and most importantly: what does "S-E-X" mean? You could ask him anything, and though he may chide you a bit, you'll get your answers.
Author Seth Grahame-Smith is THAT guy.
The Big Book of Porn has the answers to all those questions you were too lazy to search the internet to find, and too embarassed to ask your friends at the poker game. With a sharp and humorous slant to his writing, Grahame-Smith plows through the decades to make the Big Book of Porn an overview that's not only informative, but laugh out loud funny.
The Big Book of Porn isn't the end-all, be-all for the history of porn, but if you want a crash course in what was, is, and will be, it's a must-read primer. Before you know it, you'll be the tough kid everyone is coming to for answers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came upon this product while searching for other Seth-Grahame Smith products and was intrigued. I was pleasantly surprised when I received the book so quickly and was in almost... Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by Damian
This, I think, is an excellent book on porn. He covers the classics - both the old and the new. The biographies of the stars are great. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by sinpassed
OK, first off, I am not into "porn" at all. I have seen a few films in my youth and found them stupid. I have seen occassional magazines. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Josie Louise
This is a great book, and is full of bright, colorful pictures and witty comments. I bought it for my friend somewhat out of a joke, but I enjoy it just as much as he does. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by dover24
What red-blooded male could resist a book titled THE BIG BOOK OF PORN?
They say you should write what you know, and Seth Grahame-Smith obviously knows his porn. Read more
Great coffee-table books, this covers a bunch of stars and genres. Easy to read with fun picture, this will make a great gift for those who have everything.Published on April 4, 2009 by Amanda M. Coder
Im not that big of a porn buff but every thing in this book i already heard before.Nothing new to me unforntunentley ! Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by Bob Moreault