on 14 April 2011
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. As is explained within the book this was done on purpose so that the reader is not influenced by Sasha's own feelings for the pictures. Interesting because as a reader you then end up asking yourself 'What made her choose these particular pictures?' 'Why did she take that picture?' 'What did she find beautiful about that?' It makes you really think.
Some of the pictures are truly beautiful, some are questionable - both in terms of their content and their photographic properties. Overall it's a fascinating book from a fascinating person. If you're a fan its worth getting. It's just a pity that for her true story you do have to look to other sources. One of the best is 'The Teenager & The Porn Star' which is an interview done by LAMagazine. Worth checking out.
I look forward to her next book.
on 21 March 2013
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...