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Neu Sex [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Sasha Grey
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29 April 2011
Sasha Grey, rising adult film and pop-culture star, takes control in her new monograph NEU SEX, moving out from in front of the camera to behind it, turning the lens on the wild world she inhabits. The maverick adult entertainment star, fashion model and aspiring motion picture star, turns the lens on herself and takes fans into her private life through a series of candid and revealing self-portraits and snapshots accompanied by her private thoughts.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vice UK (29 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955801532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955801532
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sasha Grey was one of the most successful stars of the Hollywood porn industry. Since she left the adult movie world aged 21, Sasha has gone on to star in Entourage and Stephen Soderberg's film The Girlfriend Experience. The Juliette Society is her first novel.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 14 April 2011
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First of all I'd just like to explain that this is not the kind of book I normally buy or read. I got this because as a fan of both her work and the various interviews she's given she truly does come across as an interesting person. It's worth noting that since this book has been released she has retired from the porno industry.

I suppose this could be considered a monograph of Sasha's journey to the top of the porno industry. With that said it does appear to be much more than that - just like with Sasha herself there's more than meets the eye with her and that is well reflected in this book. She tries hard to show that there is more to her than a sex object and she manages to pull it off quite well. Her intelligence and character does show in the few written pages this book contains.

The book itself is hardcover with 190 pages which are mostly picture based. There's a few full page spreads, and the book is interspersed with pages of text that are used to explain Sasha's philosophy on sexuality, society's perception of sexuality (and sex in general) and observations and criticisms on the porno industry and directors working within it. It's a pity that the book was not made longer with more written by Sasha since (as mentioned above) those few pages written pages are very intriguing. I got a chuckle from the first page of text where she makes a point of not capitalising 'jesus' or 'satan' and have to wonder if this is a subtle nod to her disdain of religion or if she just wanted to make it obvious that the text within the book is not edited too much. Nicely done either way.

The pictures are not captioned, there's no explanation for any of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 50 shades of Grey you actually want 18 July 2012
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Sascha Grey is beutiful and this book is a collection of photographs. I like the rawness of it, the candid pictures, the behind the scenes type of pictures. Brilliant all round.

A must for anyone who likes photography, interesting women etc etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neu Sex 21 Mar 2013
By Daniel
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Neu Sex, by Sasha Grey is a great introspective book by Sasha Grey, she's a very smert girl, I just love everything she does, altought I don't agree 100% with her...
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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still not understanding the big deal 22 April 2011
By cxlxmx - Published on Amazon.com
Neu Sex is a book of art photos of author Sasha Grey interspersed with a few essays. Two things motivated me to get this book. On the one hand, I am fascinated by phenomena like Asia Carrera and Bobbi Starr who seem to break the backstory mold we have come to expect from the industry, while on the other I have always failed to "get" the big deal over Sasha Grey. Plus, the book has sort of been advertised as a behind-the-scenes look at the industry by an insider with a camera. How does the book deliver on my interests, and how are the photos?

The story that people like to tell themselves about the industry is that the actresses are unhappy girls without any skills to support themselves who do things they don't like in order to get attention and drugs. Actresses like Carrera and Starr seem to break the mold, inasmuch as they had other viable options that were clear to them. Is Grey, who Oscar-winning director Soderbergh describes as being not of the typical industry mold, another Carrera or Starr? Based on this book, not apparently. Grey much more conforms to the broken home/no skills story. The photos and essays in this book range from the uneducated mundane to the educated mundane, but they don't really have anything to tell us. There is not a budding artist or philosopher here. The gushing over Grey by reviewers and industry insiders has always been lost on me when confronted with the final product, and I feel the same about this book.

Is the book a behind-the-scenes look at the industry by an insider with a camera? No, not at all. They are a few shots of Grey on-set, but the majority are simply portraits of Grey. I was expecting photographs BY Grey that would show how she sees the world. Instead these are all photographs OF Grey, and so it makes me wonder how many were actually taken by her at all. The portraits range from uninteresting shots that could have been taken by any schmoe with a 35mm camera to art photos that have obviously been informed by viewing the work of professional photographers. Yes, some of the photos are good, but none of them are original and few go off script ("it's about Sasha").

As for the essays, they are also mixed but mundane. In style, they fit the short, expository, non-formal format favored in art show catalogues. In content, they seem to reveal someone of above-average intelligence who hasn't given much thought to the things she's writing about. Is it true that many people have trouble being honest about their feelings with those they love? Yes. Okay. So what?

In the end, I think this is mostly a book aimed at Grey's fans. You won't get much out of it otherwise.
152 of 197 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Myspace Self Portraits 9 April 2011
By Dorian - Published on Amazon.com
What happens when narcissism and incompetence get together and make a photo album? You get Sasha Grey's "Neü Sex."

I was browsing the photography section at my local bookstore when I found a copy of "Neü Sex." My understanding of the book is that it's meant to be porn star Marina Ann Hantzis' (or Sasha Grey's) foray into the world of photojournalism, chronicling the day-to-day life of a porn star. I was expecting a behind the scenes journey: photos of lighting crews, and camera men setting up shots, and actors preparing for their roles, that sort of thing. But be assured, this book is not a look into "the wild world [Ms. Hantzis] inhabits."

My immediate impression of the book was from the cover: a black and white portrait of Ms. Hantzis pointing a camera at a photographer. The image conjures up memories of every single self-portrait found on an angsty teenager's myspace or facebook account. Photos like these have been done to death by thirteen-year-olds and have become a cliché. You can imagine my horror when I opened the book and realized that every single photo was just like it. Every last photo in this book is a self portrait of Marina Ann Hantzis.

This book is not an example of photojournalism, it is a book of self-indulgent myspace photos. I cannot stress this point enough. Every time I turned a page in this book I felt like I was on the internet looking through some idiot's myspace profile. At one point I came across a photo of Ms. Hantzis in the shower with fake blood dripping from fake wounds and I nearly laughed aloud to myself. There is nothing "neü" about the "staged suicide photo in the bathtub/shower," which can be found on the profile of any angsty preteen trying their hardest to come across as a brooding and melancholy individual. Ms. Hantzis' desperate attempt to shock us comes across as trite and unintentionally hilarious.

While the cover may lead you to believe that Ms. Hantzis is the only photographer in this book, the fact is that some of the photos were taken by her fiancée Ian P. Cinnamon. Ms. Hantzis states that Mr. Cinnamon "understood [her] aesthetic," but to be honest it is very easy to distinguish which photos were taken by who, and it is apparent that only 5-10% of the photos within the book were taken by Ms. Hantzis herself. Take a look at the four sample photos provided by amazon.com. Two of these photos, which I'm assuming were taken by Mr. Cinnamon, show an elementary understanding of photo composition. They are the photo with Ms. Hantzis is eating a sandwich, and the photo where she wears a blue earring. These two photos demonstrate an understanding of the rule of thirds, Ms. Hantzis is balanced against the negative space, the photo with the out-of-focus background demonstrates utilization of depth of field, they also show a rudimentary understanding of framing. These portraits are good enough for a relative of Ms. Hantzis to display on their mantle, but by no means are these photos avant-garde or worthy of adorning your coffee table.

The photos taken by Ms. Hantzis, on the other hand, do not demonstrate such elementary knowledge. Ms. Hantzis' ham-fisted "aesthetic" is to point the camera at herself and shoot. There is no evidence of any sort of composition whatsoever. The photo where she has a lightning bolt on her head is partially overexposed because she used the flash. A Photography I student would have turned the flash off and increased the aperture size or slowed the shutter speed or here's an idea: used a Goddamn tripod! The photo with her makeup running stupidly disobeys the rule of thirds by centering herself in the image, an amateur mistake, evidence of dynamic lighting is nowhere to be found, the contrast is dull, and this photo is so utterly bland and so clearly not composed there isn't any reason to discuss it further. I can say with confidence that if it were not for the invention of auto-focus Ms. Hantzis wouldn't have been able to take a single photo of herself.

The book contains an occasional blurb every several pages where Ms. Hantzis uses college-grade words to express middle-school ideas. Example: she presents the fact that American society is sexually repressed as if it's her own discovery, and then she fails to offer any insightful knowledge to this well known fact. Tell us something we don't know. In addition to talking about sexuality, Ms. Hantzis also touches on her personal identity, inspirations, and little else. She constantly reminds us that we live in the age of information, name drops Sartre, Cindy Sherman, and Nan Goldin, and tells us what other people have said of their work but offers no personal opinions about them. These blurbs are carefully written to sound intelligent but are comprised mostly of air and have little substance to them (such as her assertion that superegos prevent everyone from admitting they're bisexual, and her brilliant deduction that not exploring one's sexual desires is bad). These ramblings are a tiny fraction of the book's content, but I was requested to comment on them.

Let's end this review. Don't buy "Neü Sex." Don't even bother to flip through it like I did. Marina Ann Hantzis is no photojournalist, nor is she a photographer. This book is nothing but self-portraits, and they are incompetent self-portraits at that. This book is an exercise in unoriginality, which demonstrates that Ms. Hantzis has all the creativity and artistic talent of your average myspace-using preteen. Anyone with even a minimal understanding of photography would know better than to purchase this book.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "For the fans", as people here are saying... 9 April 2012
By The Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Reviewers here are leaving negative reviews, pointing out that the pictures in "Neu Sex" are not all professional "art" style photos, and many of them are simple "MySpace photos" (including many nude photos).

I'd have to agree. It's only for Sasha's fans.

But Sasha does have quite a cult following - go on YouTube and type in "sasha grey love song" or "sasha grey tribute song" - you'll find everything from major label artists, to guys with their acoustic guitars, even goofy Elvis impersonators singing their love for Sasha! I'm not joking. We're just as nutty as Nine Inch Nails fans (which I also happen to be).

"Neu Sex" has gone out of print except for "Used & New". Only Sasha's cult following would be interested in the book, and if you are, get a copy if you can. For everyone else, don't waste your money. As one of the former, I give it a heavily biased 4 stars.
11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 29 May 2011
By Gaddijj - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is pretty much a collection of photos Sasha Grey made over a few years. If you're a fan of Sasha it is worth it. If you're looking for great photography or art you're looking in the wrong place. The written "memoirs" every 12-15 pages or so are brief and alright. If you think Sasha Grey is easy on the eyes you should by this book.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book but not worth more than $40, unless you have the money and REALLY love Sasha Grey 3 Oct 2013
By Carrie Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. I paid $17 and change for it. Now I have seen prices up to $900.00. I think unless your wallet is well padded, its not worth that kind of money. If you are a Sasha Grey fanatic MAYBE. I do love this book. I love Sasha Grey and its sexy, beautiful, and sensual. I think most of the photos were probably taken by her husband, photographer, Ian P. Cinnamon who she does give some credit to. The impression is given that Sasha took many of the photos herself though. I bought a second copy just to put in my storm shelter because it helps ease my anxiety. So good book, and if you are a rich person, spend as much as it costs, but if you really can't afford it find a better price.
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