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Rarely Pure and Never Simple
Selected Essays of Scott O'Hara





ISBN 9781560239390
Published December 14, 1998 by Routledge
232 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

A follow-up to O’Hara’s steamy and provocative book Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O’Hara shares with you more intimate stories from former porn star Scott O’Hara. You’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’Hara that express his opinions and feelings about monogamy, safe sex, male beauty, morality, social politics, and “being queer.” O’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’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.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  • Do Be Fruitful, Won’t You Dear?
  • The Truth Is. . .
  • A Dick by Any Other Name
  • Making Porn: The Hangover
  • Seeing Beauty
  • Whaddya Like?
  • Where There’s a Wall, There’s a Way
  • GWM, 35, Horizontal, Versatile, Asleep
  • Playing with My Mind
  • Schloop, Spooge, Spunk: A Syntax of Sex
  • Testament
  • Call Me Irresponsible
  • Better Than Sex
  • Why Is a Beach?
  • Ripe and Ready
  • My Last Parasite
  • Feeling a Little Queer
  • Wholesome and Natural
  • Ah, Unity
  • Is That a Tumor on Your Tummy, or. . . ?
  • The Opinionated Pervert
  • Kilo-Mania
  • Codeine Is God
  • In Recovery
  • Going Through a Phase
  • Breaking the Rules
  • Doubting Death
  • Loving Life
  • In a Former Life
  • Rarely Pure
  • Learning Lust
  • Do It Yourself
  • Candid Camera
  • Through a Maze, Darkly
  • Soaking In It
  • Owning the Road
  • Performed Consent
  • Hot Nights in the Deep-Freeze: Porn in the Nineties
  • In Love with My Work
  •  I Know It When I See It
  • You May Already Be Dead
  • . . . and Never Simple
  • Taking Photos
  • Turned Off
  • Slightly More Than Two Cents’ Worth
  • Gay Life Ends at 40
  • Billiard Ball
  • An Acquired Taste
  • Learning to Love the Bomb
  • No, Really, I Mean It
  • More Reasons Why I Don’t Want a Lover
  • Up in Lights
  • Handcuffed Together
  • Love and the Challenger Disaster
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