Thursday, August 11, 2005

Hey Rube

Check out my guest post over at Comics Should Be Good. I had some fun writing this - got a bit more wonky than I usually do. Had some fun. Hope it shows. This is the first time I've ever been offered the chance of writing a guest post anywhere and I had some fun - it let me break out of the format we're all used to here.

I'll be honest, I don't often go exploring the blogosphere outside of the comics corner - ain't enough hours in the day and all that. But every now and again I come across something that typefies, to me, why the internet can be so gosh-darned cool when it wants, something so unique and addictive that it couldn't have been created anywhere else.

My new find is True Porn Clerk Stories. This is pretty much what it says it is: stories told by a clerk in a porn video store. I like this lady, Ali Davis, because she seems smart and has a genuine degree of insight into the human condition. She is also fully aware of the absurdity of her everyday environment, surrounded by porn addicts and strange fetishes. I think (but I'm not sure) that she has some sort of degree in anthropology in addition to her interest in theater and the movies, so that undoubtedly helps. Based on reading her blog, I think that porn shops are the next uncharted territory for anthropologists.

But before all you comics fans get ready to roll your eyes and cringe at some of the truly pitiful cross-sections of humanity on display here, you should fast forward and read this post, dated 09/18/22.

I used to be one of those dudes who went to the comic shop every wednesday. I used to have a pull list. I used to spend a lot more money on comcis than I do now. I haven't been to a comic shop on Wednesday in quite a while. But now, whenever I see anyone else discuss New Comics Day, there will be a little circuit in my mind that clicks onto the idea of New Porn Day. Because, really, I think the similarities between the two phenomenon are simply too massive to ignore.

Or maybe that's just the cynic in me?

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