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Who Is Wax Williams? Ted Romling: Wax is the ne plus ultra--the ultimate, nothing beyond him, nothing greater. His loss will affect the porn industry in myriad ways. He brought people into the stores.

Renee Salmon: People always ask me if Wax Williams was the love of my life. I tell them that he was the love of this life for me. And maybe he was the love of a past life, too
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 24th 2008 by Casperian Books
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Paul Jr.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of experimental and literary fiction
In doing some Google research on this novel, I came across many different meanings attributable to the title of the book, but the one that intrigued me the most was one I came across first in the Urban Dictionary (though you can find it elsewhere):
Back in the day when people still made sculptures, some artists made mistakes. To correct these mistakes when making a sculpture of stone, they would use a colored wax to fill in the mistake. A truly great sculpture was described as being “without wax
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John
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who like a laugh & a challenge
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Now what was Gustave Flaubert doing, writing about the adulteries of a vapid housewife, a woman w/ the sensibility of a mall-browser? What, if not what William Walsh is doing here, in this docu-novel of a porn star, a boy with stars in his eyes but nothing but dim bulbs behind them? WITHOUT WAX, the title, offers an intriguing echo of the author's name, yes -- & yes, the story's protagonist, who earns his living at triple-X & who's gifted between the legs by many multiples more, is one W ...more
Michelle Casey
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
The documentary style was strange, but not necessarily off-putting. A quick read. Be ready for LOTS of sex though.
Trisha Olson
In the middle of this book. Felt quite pervy when I first started it, and found myself blushing on the bus once or twice. But, you reach a certain point in reading the book, where the writing and the story take over and force you beyond the emphasis on the sex. It's really interesting thus far. Will post more later....
Kevin
Some good porn-lit fun, written in a mix of oral biography and VH1's Behind The Music dramatics. Some parts are so smutty that you'll want to wash your hands soon after. Kind of reminded me of Eric Spitznagel's Fast Forward.
Marc
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Without Wax was William's Walsh's first novel, before Questionstruck, and it's altogether a different animal from that work (and, presumably, from his forthcoming collection, Ampersand, Mass). The fast-paced novel, while dealing with the taboo topic of porn, is very smart and very funny. The narrator seems neither to condone nor to condemn "Wax," who seems to be a really nice guy who just happened to end up making his living doing dirty films after long-term "therapy" during his stunted childhoo ...more
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May 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Best twist, best work memoir from a master of miniatures
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William Walsh is the author of Forty-four American Boys (Outpost19), Unknown Arts, Ampersand, Mass., Pathologies, Questionstruck, Stephen King Stephen King (all from Keyhole Press), and Without Wax: A Documentary Novel (Casperian Books).

His work has appeared in Annalemma, Artifice, Quick Fiction, PANK, NO COLONY, New York Tyrant, Caketrain, Juked, Keyhole, Elimae, LIT, Pear Noir, Rosebud, Quarte
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