Body Job (Rare Bird Books)

Former porn star Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde), gathers six years of writing into one definitive collection. A memoir of an adult film career from beginning to end and a life lived after, marked by post-porn dysphoria. Interspersed with select fiction, Zeischegg writes about youthful naivete, sex worker love, pro-porn activism, disenchantment, and violence. Body to Job is the ex-porn star's third book, and his most comprehensive to date—an explicit work of vulnerability, longing, terror, and life.  

Praise for Body to Job

"An addictive, honest, and sometimes achingly-heartsick collection, Body to Job explores the ways we remain human in spite of, and because of, our experiences. An odyssey-in-pieces through lust, numbness, love, and, most-fascinatingly, the feeling that comes from 'somewhere just as deep as love,' we are reminded that a pornstar begins as a person and ends as a person--no matter what the camera tells us."Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today

"I could not put this book down for 2 straight days. It was one of the best deconstructions of sex worker stigma and bisexual male stigma I've read--maybe the only realistic and thoughtful depiction I've read lately. The story hooks you from the very beginning. The writing is both vulnerable and confident as it veers from unapologetic autobiography into beautiful magical realism. It's so modern, it seems overdue and reading it was something I didn't know I needed."Gaby Dunn, author of Just Between Us and host of Bad With Money

"Christopher Zeischegg a.k.a. Danny Wylde’s linked stories read like porn scenes connected by a gossamer cum thread. Unlike other literary male hustlers, like transgressive, beloved Dennis Cooper, who often dwells in a delicious, yet deadened apathy, Zeischegg offers illumination and levity to the dark, rapey landscape of homophobic, sexist porn culture, where intimacy is ill-advised and the human heart aches eternal. Zeischegg’s autobiographical fiction throbs with vestiges of desire lost to the candy-coated compliance specific to sex work. Fucking for survival cash has never felt so blue collar and routine in his lubed palms as he shows us again and again that we are all one hand job away from poverty. As a crossover performer (bisexual porn performer), condemned by both queer and straight groups, Zeischegg challenges the reader to stand in the sunlight as he drifts from john to girlfriend to boyfriend to porn set to film school and back. It is through his blazing clear lens of fluid sexuality where his life is finally bare ass naked— free from the bondage of oppressive fear. Sprinkled with recognizable ALT porn hipsters of yesteryear, Body to Job explodes the porn industry in a riveting and tender way, until it pulses with the heat of human sorrow and scarcely reeks of cum at all."Antonia Crane, author of Spent

"Christopher Zeischegg's writing is dark, vulnerable and grossly compelling. You can not stop reading this book. Even when it's over, it stays in your head for weeks."Mish Way, writer for ViceHustler, and Los Angeles Times

"Christopher Zeischegg has written an extraordinarily compelling, brutally honest and painfully entertaining memoir of his personal journey into his porn industry career and out of it.  I was utterly gripped by this riveting mix of fact, fiction, poetry, art, violence, love, humor, and magical realism.  Christopher's laconic style of narration makes the unflinching rawness of his revelations all the more poignant and moving.  I highly recommend this thoughtful, intelligent, provocative and gutwrenching read." Cindy Gallop, founder of Make Love Not Porn

"Christopher Zeischegg’s Body To Job is a thoroughly modern coming of age story. Chris’ narrator relays, without shame or censorship, his first-hand journey through the looking glass and into the world of professional sex work. Body to Job succeeds in normalizing the sex industry as just another early-life option for the smart, educated, and aimless, while also letting us watch him wake up gradually to the fact that he has been put in a life full nelson, bled slowly dry of his ability to form warm, significant human connections. Hot, whipsmart, and jarring. Read this book."Ward Robinson, Animals Magazine

"A few times per generation will a writer break away from the pack with a voice so wholly original and exciting that you can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. Christopher has such a voice. I knew it the moment I first read some of his stories years ago. With this outing, Body to Job, the world will know it too."Tyler Knight, author of Burn My Shadow

Body to Job is a genuine and open journey making the personal political yet universal. Just what we need to feel real in this age of the disingenuous. He forces us to look at ourselves, our sex and our lives and learn what is important as he has done. He shines in humor, insight and integrity in totality like no other. In a post-Warhol world of too many internet superstars, the sex worker tell-all, celebrity zeros, and social media blabbers, Chris shows us what no other can or will. His personal truth seeking, truth speaking, soul seeking makes actual sense and art, something I never thought I'd read in 21st Century literature. If you don't read this book then you should stop reading altogether because you will miss this nasty and glorious future he has laid down before us.”Steven Johnson Leyba, author of Coyote Satan America: The Unspeakable Art and LifeThe Last American Painter; and My Life as Sex, as Art, As Religion as War

"In my early days exploring porn performance, I yearned for fellow bloggers who wrote about working in adult--especially stories that fell under the tabloid radar, such as working as a male actor in 'alt' porn. When I discovered Danny Wylde's brutally honest Trve West Coast Fiction, I was an instant fan. Now, years later, his published words in Body To Job offers a rare blend of cautionary tale and obscure industry validation, carrying the reader through an existentialist journey that blurs the line between porn and reality. His is the kind of vulnerably 'scary' writing that everyone says writers should aspire to, but topped with a surrealistic edge that dares the reader's trust. Some names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. I think I recognize a few.

Christopher Zeischegg's Body To Job joins published works such as Oriana Small's Girlvert, Asa Akira's Dirty Thirty, and Tyler Knight's Burn My Shadow, in a recently growing cannon of adult film-authored memoirs. His book, however, sits askew on the far end of the shelf, having abandoned its nonfiction form for one of an existentialist journey that blurs the line between porn and reality."Jiz Lee, editor, Coming Out Like a Porn Star

Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician, and filmmaker who spent eight years working in the adult film industry as Danny Wylde. He's the author of two novels, Come to my Brother and The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, and has contributed to The Feminist Porn BookBest Sex WritingComing Out Like a Porn Star, and a variety of digital publications, such as Somesuch and Nerve. He lives in Los Angeles with his two cats, Victoria and Isis.

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ISBN: 9781945572708
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Published: Rare Bird Books - February 13th, 2018