When I was growing up I always wanted to work in the local Mom n’ Pop video store, which went by the name Video Venture. I have Pete to thank eternally for my overexposure to B-Horror and 2-bit action films of the 80’s. My dreams of becoming the next Tarantino were shattered when I learned that I would need to be 18 to work in the store because of the adult video section in the back. Aspirations thwarted for years I have finally discovered just what it is that I was missing. True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis, an underemployed actress/improv comedian in Chicago, chronicles the year and a half she spent as a clerk at a “we rent all ratings” establishment. The journal was written in 2002 and Ali has moved onto a brighter porn free future, and as per usual I am a year behind the times in finding her story.
If this was a shitty movie review I would probably say that the journal is “laugh out loud funny” or to quote Brian Gallagher “One Hell of a ride!” I won’t taint your perceptions with a review, but I will say that you shouldn’t start reading it until you have a few hours on your hands because you won’t be able to stop scrolling. That just doesn’t have the same ring as saying you won’t be able to put it down. Ahhhh….another idiom lost forever to Shub-internet.