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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Our Pal

Annie Sprinkle just sent me this picture of Jerry - taken the day after his big birthday bash.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Long Live the King - Gerard Damiano

Jerry's son, G Rock, called me last night to tell me the greatest director of sex films ever had hopped that luxury express to Paradise. Boy am I glad his kids threw that great party for his 80th birthday last August and I got a chance to hug him and kiss that sweet face one last time. Thank you G Rock and Christar and beautiful Barbara, ex-wife and still best friend for all those years. I know you're gonna miss him, as will we all.
(Pictured from left, Ms. Annie Sprinkle, Ms. Veronica Vera, Mr. Damiano, Ms. Spelvin.)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sex is Alive and Well in San Francisco

I'm sure that comes as a big surprise.

The operative word here is WELL. I found a community of serious scholars, dedicated to the preservation of their freedom to explore the subject of sex on an academic basis. Many were therapists. Many were couples. All ages (over 18) were represented. I was humbled by the recognition and homage paid to the antique vehicle that rocketed me from oblivion to unanticipated notoriety in 1974: that enduring porno, The Devil in Miss Jones.

Oh Annie, Annie, Annie Sprinkle, my beloved Mermaid. How can I ever thank you adequately for instigating and facilitating this trip?
The stores: Good Vibrations (on Valencia Street in San Francisco, and in Berkely), and Jennifer Islas' wonderful, fanciful, emporium in San Rafael, Pleasures of the Heart, were clean, spacious, and tastefully appointed. My heartfelt thanks to Jennifer. And a big thanks to the amazing Carol Queen, who not only set up readings at the Good Vibration stores but a great screening, reading, and open forum at The Center for Sex and Culture - sort of a porn museum. Another such venue exists at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. My thanks to Dean Howard Ruppel for hosting me there for a reading and lecture. If you were present, I would welcome your comments and critiques at my email address And, of course, if any of you who purchased a book (which was, thankfully, just about everybody) have had a chance to read through it, and have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you, as well.

A special thanks goes to David Nahmod who got me to every gig on time and managed to give me a grand tour of the most fascinating city in the world inbetween gigs. He even managed to talk Henry Tannenbaum of KRON-TV into interviewing me. Henry confessed that he had never met a porn star before. That's hard to believe in that town, but I do - believe him. He strikes me as a totally honest man. AND an utterly charming one, at that. I was surprised that he was willing to interview me and promote my book, The Devil Made Me Do It. The appearance on his show Saturday morning brought a slew of interested parties into the lecture that afternoon and many more to the reading/signing event that evening at the Good Vibrations store in Berkley (2504 San Pablo Ave.) Though I didn't clock it that closely, I think just about everybody who came to a reading bought a book! Well, that was the idea, of course. Many, many thanks.

The highlight of the trip was having my co-star from The Dancers, Howie Gordon (Richard Pacheco) materialize in the shadows at the back of the auditorium during Saturday afternoon's lecture. What a great blast from the past! Fortunately, I had a disc with me of clips from old movies and our big scene was screened. He then appeared again at the bookstore that evening. Bless his heart, he sat through the reading a second time, then took us to his house - which is a work of his visual art. Jeremy, his wife, had been right on the set during the shooting of his and my sex scene, incidently, was as welcoming and warm as she had been when I met her that day long ago. What an amazing woman. She's been in practice as a family and children's therapist for years. Their oldest son was a babe in arms the day we first met. Their third and youngest, now a grown young lady, was down with a cold, but we got to say hello from a distance. After ogling open-mouthed at the wall to wall, floor to ceiling (and all over that), array of his creations, we were treated to a great Mexican dinner at a nearby restaurant. It was the best topper to a grand time anyone could have ordered.

Friday, October 3, 2008

On To San Francisco

Meet Mr. Welsh, my far-better-half without whom I'd never get anything done.

Here we are at the West Hollywood Book Fair. - my first BOOK FAIR.

It was quite an education. I've always been a library junkie, but never having had a lot of what you call discretionary funds, stores where books were actually SOLD were a rare treat. Buying a book even more unusual. Then came a steady job and a savings account and IRAs and all that good stuff - that may have become stuff of legend as I write. Soon thereafter came computers and Amazon and American Express and now I just click happily away on my laptop and wait for the next luscious treasure to arrive.

But a BOOK FAIR? Just never did it. Now I have. I felt like a was back on the front lawn with a card table and two big pitchers of KoolAid hopefully accosting neighbors who passed. That was back in the days when people actually walked to the store.

I'm very glad I did it, tiring as it was, because I met so many new friends. Hope each of you is reading this and thanks for buying my book.

Now - it's on to San Francisco and the following events:

Thursday, Oct. 9th, 7pm
Readings from The Devil Made Me Do It.
Books available for sale ($18.50) Author will sign.
Pleasures of the Heart
1310 4th St (at C St.)
San Rafael, CA 94901
(Parking conveniently located at the lots on C St, between 3rd and 4th and between 4th and 5th)
Contact: Jennifer Islas
Tel: (415)482-9899

Fri. Oct. 10th,
2:30 - 5:30pm - Course lecture for students of Institute: "What's a Nice Girl...?" - the sexual case history of a porn star. Also reading of excerpts from book The Devil Made Me Do It. Copies available for sale ($18.50) - author will sign books.
Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
1523 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Contact: Howard J. Ruppel, Ph.D., DACS
Chancellor & Academic Dean
Phone: (415) 928-1133 X 30 (weekdays: 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM, PDT)

Fri. Oct. 10th, 6:30pm
Good Vibrations
603 Valencia St, San Francisco
(415) 522-5460
Reading of excerpts from The Devil Made Me Do It, Q&A, author will sign books.
Contact: Camilla Lombard (Events and Promotions Coordinator)
(415) 974-8985 ext.201

Sat. Oct. 11, 2:30 - 5:30pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(425) 255 1155
(415) 552-7399 (Carol?)
Screening of clips from film, The Devil in Miss Jones.
Q&A with Spelvin.
Reading of excerpts from her book, The Devil Made Me Do It, Q&A, sign books (available for sale at lecture site) and talk with atendees as time permits.
Contact: Carol Queen

Sat. Oct. 11, 6:30pm
Good Vibrations
2504 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 841-8987
Reading of excerpts from her book, The Devil Made Me Do It, Q&A, sign books, dvd's etc..

If you attend any of these functions, please let me know you read it here.