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David Sedaris’ Porno Years

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Dennis Cooper reprints on his blog an old circa-1990 issue of Farm, “an occasional art-related zine published by Hudson, mastermind of the great gallery Feature Inc.” Featured? Robert Gluck, Brad Gooch, Richard Hawkins, Hudson, Gary Indiana, Kevin Killian, and David Sedaris, the latter of whom had clearly yet to find the measured, haute petite bourgeoisie voice he would later employ so regularly in the New Yorker. The beginning of Sedaris’ story, titled “Caesura”:

    The second I stopped caring about Dwayne Youngblood my skin felt tight. He shifted in his chair, conscious of my weight on his bladder. I shifted too.

    He complained to his date, somebody named Christopher, about a slight pain in his stomach. Dwayne suspects it has something to do with his rich dinner at the Trattoria Al Dente.

    Trattoria Al Dente! When I knew Dwayne he thought al dente was a used car dealer. Now the words roll off his tongue and after dinner, because of his stomach, Dwayne only begs this Christopher three or four times to fuck him before he takes it with the most god-awful surrender I have ever hear in my life and I’ve been around

The story ends, more or less, with Sedaris taking a journey up the ass of another man. Entertainingly, Cooper edited the zine in the guise of Farmer Joe, Jr., a 16 1/2-year-old musclebound farm hand who wants to “work in a gay bookstore when I grows up, and, uh, I mean that.” [DC’s Blog]