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True Porn Clerk Stories Paperback – August 27, 2009
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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.
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She gives customers nick-names as she shares their buying preferences and her responses. At one point I laughed out loud as she shared customer behavior. At other times the behavior is weird and or surprising. Shares about her co-workers and the store's eventual buy out by a bigger company and the change in some of the rules. Shares her thoughts on different subjects and how her opinions were changed by the store. Insightful. Swearing.
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.