From Library Journal:Writer, editor, health educator, and author of the S/M cult classic Mr. Benson, Preston here collects 30 years' worth of essays and lectures on a wide variety of topics with one common theme: sex. The work offered here runs the gamut from the essential and enlightening to the downright silly, with "A Modest Proposal for the Support of the PornographicFrom Library Journal:Writer, editor, health educator, and author of the S/M cult classic Mr. Benson, Preston here collects 30 years' worth of essays and lectures on a wide variety of topics with one common theme: sex. The work offered here runs the gamut from the essential and enlightening to the downright silly, with "A Modest Proposal for the Support of the Pornographic Arts" definitely falling into the later category. Preston's sex-positive stand on safer-sex education as the only truly effective AIDS-prevention strategy will certainly not win him any conservative converts, but AIDS activists will be shouting their assent. As the title suggests, Preston celebrates a time when homosexuality was defined in more purely sexual terms, which gives some of the work an oddly nostalgic quality. Despite some contradictions that weaken a few of the more conceptual arguments, Preston's book is a bridge from the sexually liberated 1970s to the more cautious 1990s, and Preston has walked much of that way as a standard-bearer to the cause for equal rights. Recommended for special collections and larger libraries where the topic will be of interest.- Jeffery Ingram, Newport P.L., Ore.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc....
|Title||:||My Life as a Pornographer & Other Indecent Acts|
|Number of Pages||:||266 Pages|
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My Life as a Pornographer & Other Indecent Acts Reviews
FYI, this book is not pornographic. It's a collection of autobiographical essays that deal with Preston's life. He mixes stories about writing porn with his sexual experiences with stories about interacting with people who read his smut. This is an interesting and enjoyable book that would be of interest to people who haven't read his smut.
The title of this book is deceptive. By 'pornographer', the author means someone who writes (gay male)erotica novels/short stories - not quite as interesting as a film maker or even a porno mag editor. The first few pieces in this book are just plain dull. It does get a bit interesting, as it goes. I found myself being somewhat annoyed with his piece on 'anti-gay male feminism. He may have had some valid points but he failed to talk about the flipside of the story - the existence of misogyny amongst some gay male societies.All in all, unless you are a fan of this writer's erotic work, this book is pretty dull.
Although many of the essays in this book are pretty dated, this collection is anthropologically interesting. There's a blurb on the cover that states "Intelligent, witty, informed, and passionate," and Preston was definitely all of those things in his day. It's a real shame he passed away not so long after this was published.
I got this book at my local friends of the public library book sale. Great score. I enjoyed reading it a lot, even though I don't read a lot of gay male porn.