Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Tom Judson was a chorus boy, porn star and writer, he says, not necessarily in that order.  I am not that familiar with his work as Gus Mattox (his porn name) and I never saw him perform with the touring company of 42nd Street, but based on "Laid Bare: Essays And Observations," he is a pretty fine writer. Culled from essays, magazine contributions and his blog entries, he has culled his best writing into this collection and it is pretty interesting. I especially liked the memoir pieces, especially his recollections on being a rent boy in Manhattan. There is one in particular I liked, wherein he relates an experience seeing a client who stayed at Waldorf Astoria. The story happened around Christmastime, and it made me wistful about New York at Christmas. I wish he had written a full memoir, as I think there are a lot more interesting stories in him. Here he is reading from "My Huckleberry Friend," which on paper I loved:

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