- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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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.
It's a sad story about a pretty bad guy but after being so heavily molested at so young an age things
just never were going to be right.
I suspect there are bits of his story missing here as well. He seems to speak into a recorder with another
person putting it to print. The person putting his words to print just plain *sucked at the job. He's high
it seems 95% of the time he does his dictation.
He blames the porn/sex industry for way to much IMO. He created his own world and he paid a high price
for all of it. It's such a curious read the legendary porn star who created "verbal porn".
He apologizes a lot in the book to a lot of people so he's probably holding back some details and
he admits to lying in parts of it. It'll make you want to see his movies since he references them often.
If you already are a collector of his movies this is a must read.
Jon Vincent screwed over every single person that cared about him and helped him. He seems to come clean
about it but life bit him on the ass with the heroin and then death. He was a serious loser by any standard
but you come back to the abuse as a little boy ?? Can't help but cut him some slack due to that.
Vincent blames his adult misery on heroin but it's clear in reading his story that the substance abuse is secondary to his ASPD behavior. His heartlessness, callousness and irresponsibility is clearly defined in his Bio back into childhood. Getting loaded on anything he could get his hands on was something extra. Stone Cold Sober he hurt anyone and anything he brushed up against from day one. Intoxication was for fun. He had little insight to how he was born with a dead conscience - he never had emotional attachments to persons, places or things. And you wonder about his family because the disorder shows signs of being present in both natal parents from his story.
His sexuality is part and parcel of the ASPD. he describes himself as gay for pay but since adolescence he uses sex as a weapon to get close to people to steal and cheat - and everyone he gets involved with gets hurt. As the screening questions go, he requires constant stimulation, is promiscuious, deceitful, criminally oriented and trecherous since puberty. Few such personalities leave a Bio behind.
This book is a must read for anyone studying abnormal psychology. And interesting question is whether it was ever possible to stop such a person from killing themselves over a relatively short time and taking anybody they can with them. After reading this you have a better understanding of the intensity of ASPD and how deadly it is. Nothing could have stopped Vincent from dying the way he did.
Most people with behavior this severe would have been institutionalized and diagnosed in prison or a state hospital or County Mental Health Outpatient Agency from Court referrals. Vincent was involved since adolescence in drug dealing but managed to avoid entanglement with the courts that might have forced him into institutionalization. His porn and prostitution career was lucrative enough to allow him to make bursts of money even when down and out - which in turn allowed him to keep lurching from rehab to acute addiction to victimizing "new" friends. There is no indication that Vincent ever was evaluated by Psychologists while alive.
The most important thing I can say in this review is that the harrowing story in this book is not about the addiction. It's the underlying personality disorder that was either congenital or acquired. It made treating the adiction impossible short of a very long institutionalization. How many other porn stars have undiagnosed and untreated mental illless? Bios like this should be useful in documenting this whether the writers realize the significance of their stories or not.
He was honest in this book and revealed all the crap that he pulled and the struggles that he was having trying to get off of drugs. The only downside to this book were of the photos (including the cover) being censored. I came away from the book feeling sad about his life, but it will never stain the image I have of him the first time I saw him on video.