Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Last night I did laundry and read Traci Lords Underneath It All by Traci Lords. Now, I might be the one person on the planet that had no idea until just a few years ago that she'd been a very famous porn star when she was a teenager. I only knew her as the blonde chick in Cry Baby. She talks about all that here, in less detail than I'm sure some would like, and about her struggle to leave that behind her and become a serious actress and singer. I'm curious if her decision to use her porn name is a way to capitalize on the recognition and infamy or if it is a way to own her past. I don't think that's made clear in the book, which is a fairly dry, straightforward retelling of events made readable by its brevity and subject matter.

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