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Wonder Bread & Ecstasy: The Life and Death of Joey Stefano

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The meteoric rise and sudden, dramatic fall of a young gay male porn star.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Alyson Books
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Scott Williams
Humans have always elevated certain of our number -- warriors, athletes, artists, poets -- we've idolized them, worshipped them and looked to them as models for ourselves. In the 20th century, no one is more idolized than the movie star. With few exceptions, gay men have not had positive movie star idols to look up to. It's not surprising then, that porn stars have sometimes come to fill that need. Sadly, in most cases, porn stars are not the best examples to look up to.

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Thomas Lampion
some are born to be teachers, some are born to lives of servitude. some arguably, if you wish to consider joey stefano's case as written by isherwood, were born to do porn. this is by no means, an unfamiliar story for anyone whose been sick in bed for a day confined to watching a string of "e! true hollywood story" episodes or believes the myths the press string along for every unfortunate, young celebrity who dies of an overdose. isherwood barely saves the book from becoming an overlong celebri ...more
This book was on my shelf for awhile, not really sure why I got it in the first place once I pulled it out to read it. After awhile the book got rather repetitious: porn/hustling, drugs, disappointment, start over. Chapter after chapter of that, it got old. This was a book I had to force myself to finish. The book had no real depth to it. Yes, lots of people were interviewed to give their respective comments on his life but in the end the whole thing came across as shallow and superficial.
A very good book, but a very sad story.
Up and coming gay porn star Joey Stefano, becomes and huge success in the adult film industry. He becomes so big that he actually changes the focus of the film from the "tops"(penetrator) to the "bottoms"(reciever). But when he starts to use drugs he is faced with some skeletons coming out that he cannot deal with and dies.

Good book. I hadn't known him before then but it is quite a read.
I don't know why, but I spotted this book while working at Borders. It was sitting next to the poetry section. I had to pick it up. I borred it for a few days and that's all it took me to read the whole book. It's a tragic story, but interesting. Check it out if you have time and very open minded.
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