Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupersaan American Tale of Sex and Wonder

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Soft Skull Press
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6.05 X 8.98 X 0.89 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author

Mike Edison is the former publisher of High Times magazine, a Hustler and Penthouse correspondent, and the former editor-in-chief of Screw magazine. He is the author of 28 pornographic novels and the legendary memoir I Have Fun Everywhere I Go -- Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World. Edison lives and works in New York City.


[Edison] takes readers on an enthusiastic romp through the rise and fall of the major porno magazines of the 20th century, while profiling the self-imploding personalities who innovated effective ways of selling sexual fantasies to the average sexually dissatisfied male . . . An interesting study of the ways influence can snowball. --Kirkus

"Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is a book that really lives up to it's title. It's not only dirty--it's funny, highly opinionated, and--God help us--informative. Hard to believe someone hasn't written the history of American pornography before this, but Mike Edison is absolutely the man for the job." --Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City

Mike Edison can go toe to toe with some of the best writers of the (old) New Journalism. This is foul-mouthed popular history at its most entertaining. Plenty smart, too--and also, strange to say, poignant and loving.
--Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

Edison is a fast enough talker to move the reader quickly into what
turns out to be a well-crafted history of censorship and sex. -LA Weekly

This book is a must-read for fans of girlie magazines and madcap gonzo culture. --Library Journal

Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! An American Tale of Sex & Wonder is pure, unadulterated fun--and a testament to the talents of one of the raunchiest stars of modern gonzo journalism. --Flavorpill

Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! reads like the lovechild of Screw magazine and Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States . . . Man-haters may be silenced in noticing that a prevalent persuasion in the book is Edison's staunch feminism . . . he loves people and their freedoms . . . he is the gentleman pornographer."-Jewcy.com