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Rarely pure and never simple : selected essays of Scott O'Hara
O'Hara, Scott.
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New York : Haworth Press, [1999]

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xiii, 217 pages ; 22 cm.
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Central Library HQ75.8.O53 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A follow-up to O#65533;Hara#65533;s steamy and provocative book Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O#65533;Hara shares with you more intimate stories from former porn star Scott O#65533;Hara. You#65533;ll gain an even deeper sense of the man behind the "Biggest Dick in San Francisco" and come to understand his take on porn, sex, life, and loss.

Discussing his ventures as a writer, playwright, and editor of the popular but short-lived journal Steam, Rarely Pure and Never Simple includes poems and stories by O#65533;Hara that express his opinions and feelings about monogamy, safe sex, male beauty, morality, social politics, and "being queer." O#65533;Hara also relates his childhood experiences to his adult life and uses many examples to link the past to his actions and thoughts concerning his sexuality.

Bold, personal, and honest, Rarely Pure and Never Simple gives you an inside look into the life of this controversial author, who died in February 1998 of AIDS-related complications. O#65533;Hara challenges the "norms" of society as he discloses intimate thoughts and details about his sex life and fantasies that are guaranteed to arouse your . . . curiosity.

Author Notes

Scott "Spunk" O'Hara (1961-1998) was a well-known porn star who appeared in 26 films between 1983 and 1992. He was editor and publisher of the sex journal STEAM ("the literate queer's guide to sex and controversy") from 1993-1996 and was published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. O'Hara died of AIDS-related complications in February of 1998

Table of Contents

Steven Zeeland
Forewordp. ix
Do Be Fruitful, Won't You Dear?p. 1
The Truth Is ...p. 3
A Dick by Any Other Namep. 5
Making Porn: The Hangoverp. 9
Seeing Beautyp. 13
Whaddya Like?p. 15
Where There's a Wall, There's a Wayp. 17
GWM, 35, Horizontal, Versatile, Asleepp. 19
Playing with My Mindp. 21
Schloop, Spooge, Spunk: A Syntax of Sexp. 23
Testamentp. 27
Call Me Irresponsiblep. 29
Better Than Sexp. 31
Why Is a Beach?p. 35
Ripe and Readyp. 39
My Last Parasitep. 41
Feeling a Little Queerp. 43
Wholesome and Naturalp. 45
Ah, Unityp. 51
Is That a Tumor on Your Tummy, or ...?p. 55
The Opinionated Pervertp. 59
Kilo-Maniap. 63
Codeine Is Godp. 65
In Recoveryp. 69
Going Through a Phasep. 73
Breaking the Rulesp. 75
Doubting Deathp. 79
Loving Lifep. 83
In a Former Lifep. 87
Rarely Purep. 89
Learning Lustp. 91
Do It Yourselfp. 97
Candid Camerap. 103
Through a Maze, Darklyp. 107
Soaking in Itp. 113
Owning the Roadp. 117
Performed Consentp. 123
Hot Nights in the Deep-Freeze: Porn in the Ninetiesp. 129
In Love with My Workp. 133
I know It When I See Itp. 139
You May Already Be Deadp. 147
... And Never Simplep. 149
Taking Photosp. 151
Turned Offp. 155
Slightly More Than Two Cents Worthp. 161
Gay Life Ends at 40p. 165
Billiard Ballp. 171
An Acquired Tastep. 177
Learning to Love the Bombp. 181
No, Really, I Mean Itp. 191
More Reasons Why I Don't Want a Loverp. 197
Up in Lightsp. 201
Handcuffed Togetherp. 207
Love and the Challenger Disasterp. 211
Unlimited Sex Only $19.95 (Plus Shipping and Handling)p. 215

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