We Did Porn by Zak Smith
Memoir and Drawings

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Blending memoir with Smith's own drawings and paintings, We Did Porn will do for alt porn what Hunter S. Thompson did for motorcycle gangs and Tom Wolfe for psychedelica.

Punk artist and icon Zak Smith made a name for himself by visually re-creating Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and drawing pictures of girls in the "naked girl business." His artistic pedigree and acute observation landed him in high-profile shows from the Whitney to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Somewhere along the line, Smith went from the observer to the observed, from the guy in the corner with a sketchpad to the guy on-screen doing the unnamable for anyone eighteen or older to see. We Did Porn follows Zak Smith (or Zak Sabbath) from the New York art scene to Los Angeles's seedy, yet colorful, underbelly—the world of alt porn. Smith narrates his own foray into pornography and gives his readers a new understanding of the industry, its players, and its audience.
 

About Zak Smith

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Steve Erickson is the author of six other acclaimed novels -- including "Days Between Stations" and "Tours of the Black Clock" -- as well as two books about American politics and popular culture. The editor of the literary magazine "Black Clock, " he also writes about film for "Los Angeles" and teaches at CalArts.
 
Published July 1, 2009 by Tin House Books. 488 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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But Smith also lambasts porn critics like Tyra Banks, who want to end the discussion of who makes porn and why, in order to keep it—and prostitution—separate from, and beneath, the kind of body selling that fashion models like Banks make their living from.

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As Smith puts it, “I ended up in porn because one day I sat down and decided to draw one picture for every page of a very thick book no one I knew had read.” In addition to attending the Porn Film Festival Berlin and the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas—and having sex with countless women wit...

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For instance, in his chapter “Like Porn Only a Place”, Smith states: When you consider the 36 pornographic videos that are being made today, and were made yesterday, and the day before and the day before that, and are made every single day, and if you add in all the romance novels and soap operas...

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