With Laid Bare, Gus Mattox Turns A New Trick
When someone starts making generalizations about porn stars, I point them to Tom Judson. Tom — in his porn incarnation Gus Mattox — isn’t an exception in porn, but he is exceptional. Not only is he fairly serious and somewhat sober (he makes a great negroni), he’s also tremendous raconteur, a Broadway vet, an accomplished composer and a brilliantly funny writer. He didn’t get into the business because he was strung out or desperate for cash; he did so for the reason that most people do: because he thought it’d be fun.
He retired in 2006, after only two years in the business and taking home the GayVN for Performer of the Year (at age 45. Exceptional.). Now he’s out with “Laid Bare” — a collection of previous published essays on Moon River, baling hay, his and turning tricks at the Waldorf-Astoria. He’s Holly Golightly by way of David Sedaris, pulling essays from sources as disparate as Unzipped Magazine and (Actor’s) Equity News. And for only $2.99 for the digital version, he’s the cheapest thrill you’re going to get online, and the only one that will last past the tissue.
Laid Bare: Essays and Observations (via Amazon)