- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: 1st Book Library (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0759637946
- ISBN-13: 978-0759637948
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent
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The book is made up almost entirely of transcriptions of Jeffrey Vickers' (AKA Jon Vincent) taped statements and don't seem to be edited much. It is very 'stream of consciousness' and at times difficult to follow, even though the editor laid it out (as much as he could) in chronological order. Jeff is brutally honest at times, and at other times (at least self-) deceptive, but through it all, he hammers home his one message: stay away from drugs.
The casual tone in which he describes incredible debaucheries (the description of one of his copraphiliac 'clients' will make most readers phsyically ill) actually heightens the horrors of his drug addiction. Here was a man blessed with looks, an incredible physique, athletic ability, charm, and intelligence (not the kind of intelligence that could have sent rockets into space or composed a symphony, but certainly he was no dummy) and he squandered it all, quite literally, all of it.
The censoring of genitalia in the photos actually seems unnecessary and in some ways makes the photos even seedier.
Personally I would have liked a bit more input from those who knew Jeffrey (and his alter-ego Jon) and more of an epilogue-- what happened to Jeffrey after death? Was he mourned by anyone? Where was he laid to rest? What became of his only son? On the other hand, the stark and austere finale of the book resonates very powerfully-- Jon is living, talking to us, exhorting us, begging us, and then suddenly-- he's gone. Someone who might have been a star athlete, who might have inspired others as athletes can do, must instead, at BEST, hope for 'cautionary example' status in death. Jeff Vickers is no hero. But maybe his story might keep some other disaffected young and confused gay man from selling his beauty and seeking escape from the pain of his own personal hell on earth through drugs and parties.
Jon Vincent was handsome, driven and talented. He was extremely charming and seductive -- a man who could persuade nearly anyone to do nearly anything. He had the talent to succeed in major league baseball, perhaps the looks and talent to succeed in Hollywood, and was phenomenally successful as an actor in gay/bisexual adult films.
Vincent was a thrill junkie: a compulsive seeker of sexual adventure, physical danger, steroids, alcohol, cocaine and finally heroin. Heroin was stronger than he was; it took over his life and finally killed him.
H.A. Carson recounts Vincent's life. The book is a narrative: the judgements expressed are those made by Vincent himself. It is seems lurid in places, but only because certain aspects of Vincent's life were lurid. The book has photos of Vincent in his prime, which will appeal to his fans.
Heroin addiction is a cliche in our culture. Few readers will be surprised at the downward spiral of poverty, prostitution, deception, theft, arrest, futile detoxification efforts, near-fatal drug overdoses, delusion, paranoia, despair, homelessness and eventual death -- although the details are often startling and chilling.
However, there is much in this book that the average reader is not likely to know. I was unaware, for example, that a detoxifying junkie (going cold turkey) can experience 30 or more days of near-absolute insomnia. The book reveals aspects of junkie life that are odd (the Geographical theory of
sobriety), disturbing (the link between pornography, prostitution and drug addiction; the tendency for heroin addiction to spread among friends like a common cold) and very disturbing (the devastation that addicts inflict on those who love them and want to help them).Read more ›
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needs to be better written.......don't believe anything was contributed by the subject!!Published 9 months ago by Bradley Wood
a sad rambling story of an addict. I'm kinda sorry I learned all this. What a horrific life.Published 13 months ago by E. Karas
A good read and one of my fave porn stars that came to a sad demise.Published 16 months ago by H. Martinez
This story is not presented well and could be done a lot better but I still highly recommend buying this. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Rick Kent
Jon Vincent was clearly narcissistic, self obsessed, deluded, about himself and life as well as disillusioned. Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by digby
A few weeks ago I read with astonishment the death of Eric Rhodes, one of Falcon Video's last true gay adult film stars at the age of 30. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Terrance Richard
Baseball. Porn. Prostitution. Bodybuilding. Our hero destroyed a chance at reaching the peak in all of these. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by GrapeSqueezer
Just started reading this book yesterday and already I am disappointed. It feels like it was written by a fifth grader or somebody who just got off the short yellow bus.Published on November 24, 2010 by DMoney