We Did Porn

Zak Smith

“In 2004, artist Zak Smith blew away New York’s art world at the Whitnew Biennial with his visual interpretation of Gravity’s Rainbow, a wall-size installation consisting of over 750 illustrations of Thomas Pynchon’s famous novel. Five years later, Smith brings us We Did Porn, a showcking but thoughtful memoir that chronicles his journey from the New York art establishment to the LA alt-porn scene. Smith provides insightful and, at times, hilarious commentary on life in the zeros, as well as an unwavering view of the colorful, complex underworld of the adult industry.” – From the Back Cover

status Copy #1 (5413): in
genre Sexuality ยป Sex Work
publisher Tin House Books
publish date 2009
popularity checked out 4 time(s)

Reviews

  • By Bill Svoboda -

    If you skim this, it might seem like a combination of Thomas Pynchon, Hunter S. Thompson, and Susie Bright- and you’ll be impressed by what a perceptive and insightful guy Zak Smith is. If you read it word by word, sentence by sentence, it becomes tedious- I started wondering who the editor was-or if there WAS an editor. In case you’re wondering- much (most?) of both text and illustrations aren’t especially sexually explicit and /or “pornographic”-most of the latter ARE however very punk-often with obsessive/surrealistic/psychedelic elements as well. The best part of We Did Porn is the “we” part- the stories of & about the people in the porn industry- too often the book was actually “I Did Porn”.

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