Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter (Future Tense)

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“Like most pornography, I found Fast Forward to be a relentless and indecent assault on the traditional family values that Americans find most sacred. Makes a great stocking stuffer."—Amy Sedaris

With dreams of becoming a highly respected screenwriter, Eric Spitznagel moves to Los Angeles. When Hollywood fails to notice him, he settles for the next best thing: writing scripts for adult films. Determined to make the most of his bad luck, he sets out to make a movie that will be celebrated more for its witty dialogue and gripping plot than its raw depictions of hardcore sex. As Spitznagel discovers, making the Great American Porn is far from easy, especially when you've been hired to write a sequel to Butt Crazy.

Spitznagel struggles to be taken seriously as an artist, a seeming impossibility in an industry averse to “complicated words.” Along the way, he meets a director with delusions of being the porn Kurosawa, an actress with a scholarly knowledge of medical maladies, and an NBA star who might just make the biggest mistake of his life. In an industry devoted to churning out disposable erotica, can one lowly writer make an adult film that compels viewers to admire the plot without hovering a thumb over the fast forward button?

Eric Spitznagel is the author of four humor books, including The Junk Food Companion: A Celebration of Eating Badly (Plume, 1999). His writing appears frequently in Playboy, Esquire, Harper's Magazine, and The Believer.

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Eric Spitznagel is the author of four humor books, and a frequent contributor to Playboy and The Believer. An excerpt from Fast Forward was previously published by Salon.com.

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In a post-James Frey world, it's wise for humor author Spitznagel (Planet Baywatch) and his publisher to include a disclaimer stating that "some elements have been exaggerated, embellished and (at times) outright fabricated." Indeed, Spitznagel's hilarious account of his attempt to write the Great American Porno-one to be celebrated as much for dialogue and plot as for raw depictions of hardcore sex-is too bizarre (and too funny) to be completely true. But to Spitznagel's credit, his latest isn't a dirty book; sure, it's full of colorful descriptions and crass wit, but it also chronicles a shady industry that many readers want to know about-but are afraid to ask-through the familiar story of an artist's struggle for both integrity and a paycheck. While the first chapter reads like a magazine article (portions of the book have appeared in slightly different form in magazines Hitch, 3AM and Salon.com), the author quickly finds his footing, writing in an often cynical, occasionally sympathetic voice that suits his subject. Entertaining throughout, Spitznagel caps this dirty tour of duty with his ingenious script for a Spinal Tap-like mockumentary, called (naturally) "Butt Crazy!"
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Descripción Manic D Press,U.S., United States, 2006. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Like most pornography, I found Fast Forward to be a relentless and indecent assault on the traditional family values that Americans find most sacred. Makes a great stocking stuffer. --Amy Sedaris With dreams of becoming a highly respected screenwriter, Eric Spitznagel moves to Los Angeles. When Hollywood fails to notice him, he settles for the next best thing: writing scripts for adult films. Determined to make the most of his bad luck, he sets out to make a movie that will be celebrated more for its witty dialogue and gripping plot than its raw depictions of hardcore sex. As Spitznagel discovers, making the Great American Porn is far from easy, especially when you ve been hired to write a sequel to Butt Crazy. Spitznagel struggles to be taken seriously as an artist, a seeming impossibility in an industry averse to complicated words. Along the way, he meets a director with delusions of being the porn Kurosawa, an actress with a scholarly knowledge of medical maladies, and an NBA star who might just make the biggest mistake of his life. In an industry devoted to churning out disposable erotica, can one lowly writer make an adult film that compels viewers to admire the plot without hovering a thumb over the fast forward button? Eric Spitznagel is the author of four humor books, including The Junk Food Companion: A Celebration of Eating Badly (Plume, 1999). His writing appears frequently in Playboy, Esquire, Harper s Magazine, and The Believer. Nº de ref. de la librería AAC9781933149059

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Descripción Manic D Press,U.S., UK. Softcover. Estado de conservación: New. First Edition. Available Now. Synopsis : This is an ambitious young writer's hilarious journey inside the adult film industry. With dreams of becoming a highly respected screenwriter, Eric Spitznagel moves to LA. When Hollywood fails to notice him, he settles for the next best thing: writing scripts for adult films. Determined to make the most of his bad luck, he sets out to make a movie that will be celebrated more for its witty dialogue and gripping plot than its raw depictions of hardcore sex. As Spitznagel discovers, making the Great American Porn Film is far from easy, especially when you've been hired to write a sequel to "Butt Crazy". Spitznagel struggles to be taken seriously as an artist, a seeming impossibility in an industry averse to "complicated words". Along the way, he meets a director with delusions of being the porn Kurosawa, an actress with a scholarly knowledge of medical maladies and an NBA star who might just make the biggest mistake of his life. In an industry devoted to churning out disposable erotica, can one lowly writer make an adult film that compels viewers to admire the plot without hovering a thumb over the fast forward button? : From the Author: When I went on a bookstore tour of North America to promote Fast Forward, everybody with even a casual interest in adult films showed up for my readings. Most of them had questions about the dank underbelly of porn. "How long does it take to write a porno?" "Have you ever boinked a porn star?" "How much money can you make as a porn writer?" I was happy to tell them everything. (The answers, coincidentally, are: one hour; no; and around $500 a script.) But I'll be honest; I'm exhausted. I've shared what insights I have, and I just don't have the energy to do it anymore. : For those of you who never made it to one of my readings (or live in a city that wasn't scientifically determined to be "porn friendly"), I offer these answers to the most frequently asked questions about "Fast Forward" and the filthy business of writing porn. : * * * : Is anything in this book true, or did you just make the whole thing up? : Some of it is true, and some of it is not so true. Everything in Fast Forward was at least based on real events. I did spend a year as a screenwriter for adult films, and I did convince myself that I could write the Great American Porno. But it didn't always happen exactly as I described it. Most of the major players in this book are composites of several different people, and none of the porn titles are real. Some chapters have been mildly embellished to make the details a little funnier or more colorful, and some chapters have been wildly exaggerated. For instance, I didn't really wander through the desert, tripping balls on a mystery drug and talking with a hallucination of Permanent Midnight author (and former porn scribe) Jerry Stahl. But you probably could've figured that out on your own. In the end, Fast Forward is a memoir in much the same way that Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a memoir. I'm sure that Hunter really took a road trip to Vegas, did a frightening array of drugs and committed any number of felonies. But I think most people assume that Hunter isn't the most reliable narrator. : Wait a minute; all the porn titles you mentioned in your book are fake? Does that mean you didn't write a script called Butt Crazy? : Not exactly. I was hired to write a script about butts, and it did have the word "Butt" in the title. But it wasn't called Butt Crazy. I opted not to use the real title because I wanted to discourage readers from tracking down the film. But more importantly, I wanted to protect the director's identity. He wasn't exactly portrayed in the most flattering light, and there's always a chance that he'll read this book and have my legs broken. Some of the porn directors I worked with were -- how can I put this politely? -- out of their fucking minds. The Butt Crazy director in particular was a madman, prone to screaming fit. Nº de ref. de la librería F196-1049

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