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True Porn Clerk Stories Paperback – August 27, 2009
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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.
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 11 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 15 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 16 months ago by J. Partida
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 17 months ago by MFA Mama