One man's struggle.
September 5, 2002 9:46 AM   Subscribe

One man's struggle. Samuel Stern journals his struggle with penury, addiction and depression to achieve his dream. His dream: to become a pornographer.
posted by patrickje (9 comments total)
Yow... I'd be judicious about perusing this at work... There are... er... pictures... Nothing like a little pr0n with the morning coffee.
posted by ubi at 10:02 AM on September 5, 2002

I've been reading this guy's journal on and off for about a year now, and it really is an interesting peek into what motivates an intelligent, artistic person to break into the porn industry. He aims to make movies that really deviate from the porn-norm -- eg, no subjugation of women, with a little surrealism thrown in for good measure, from what I can tell.

His stories are alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, interspersed with the aforementionned self-doubt and depression. It may get predictable and whiny at times but it never seems to be anything less than truthful.

(ps...many of the journal pages are most certainly NSFW as they sometimes include, er, pictures.)

on preview, yeah what ubi said :)
posted by contessa at 10:04 AM on September 5, 2002

Funny how no one comments on stuff that's NSFW...doesn't anyone read this page on his/her own dime?
posted by Fabulon7 at 10:40 AM on September 5, 2002

Sorry about the NSFW tag missing. I've been reading for about six months. There's a lot of material there, and it took me the better part of a couple of work days to read it all.

(on preview) So Fabulon..that would be a no..
posted by patrickje at 10:45 AM on September 5, 2002

I've followed him for a while - many of his stories are hilarious.
posted by GriffX at 12:42 PM on September 5, 2002

I've enjoyed watching his idealism get corrupted as the porn world drags him down.
He is intelligent and funny, but isn't exactly breaking the mold. I'm not sure it's possible to from within.
posted by pekar wood at 7:33 PM on September 5, 2002

"doesn't anyone read this page on his/her own dime?"

Does such a thing as non-work-subsidized internet access actually exist? ;)
posted by aflores at 2:04 AM on September 6, 2002

This is so much better than the latest fucking op/ed piece from wherever...thanks for this link, patrickje. Pure MeFi gold.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:25 AM on September 6, 2002

I'm not exactly sure what it is about his writings, but I can't seem to tear myself away. They're fascinating. I was not expecting pictures, but I was pleasantly surprised. Our hero is quite the stud. I love how he just lays everything out, even the embarrassing things.

Sure, it may not portray the porn industry in the best possible light, but my love for it hasn't diminished. I'm hooked. Great link, patrickje.
posted by Zulujines at 2:47 AM on September 6, 2002

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