St. Mark's Bookshop presents
Chronicling American Sex Culture: A Discussion with Sheila McClear (Last of the Live Nude Girls) & Marc McAndrews (Nevada Rose: Inside the American Brothel) moderated by Arthur Nersesian
Tuesday, August 30th at 7PM
The reading will take place at:
St. Marks Bookshop
31 Third Avenue (at 9th Street)
New York, NY 10003
Subway: 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street, L to 14th St/3rd Avenue
This is a Free Event
Nevada Rose: Inside the American Brothel (Umbrage), Photographs and text by Marc McAndrews
Essay by Patty Kelly, Interview with Dennis Hof by Bill Higgins
Scattered around the state of Nevada in little, unassuming desert towns, prostitution is thriving. Marc McAndrews’ extraordinary work, Nevada Rose, gives readers a peek into this legal, albeit secretive, world of fantasy and theater. The end result of a five-year project, the book takes us inside the thirty-three “ranches” in and around towns like Pahrump, Ely, Carson City, and Scotty’s Junction. The brothels have equally folksy names and charming sobriquets: The Black Pearl, the Stardust Ranch, Chicken Ranch, and Inez’s Dancing and Diddling, among others.
McAndrews’ work has been seen in magazines such as Time, Stern, Inc., Exit, Fortune Small Business, and others. He was a recipient of the Magenta Arts Foundation’s 2006 “Flash Forward” award. Nevada Rose was nominated for the 2009 NY Photo Awards and was an official selection for the 2009 Lucie Awards. His series “JROTC” was an official selection for the 2009 Lucie Awards. McAndrews has lectured at The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, Cooper Union, and New York’s International Center for Photography. He lives in New York.
Last of the Live Nude Girls (Soft Skull Press) by Sheila McClear
“In the last of Times Square’s peep shows, a man can still watch a girl naked behind glass. These antiquated institutions will soon disappear from a rapidly gentrifying New York, their stories lost forever. Yet, the little-documented story of the peep show is too vital to the history of Times Square not to be told.
In “The Last of the Live Nude Girls,” Sheila McClear, who became a stripper in the peep shows after finding herself adrift in New York City, pulls the curtain back on this secretive underworld. The story she tells is not just of her own coming of age, nor is it one of sex and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.”Sheila McClear, a reporter for the New York Post, spent a year and a half working in three of Times Square’s last remaining live-girl peep shows upon first moving to New York in 2006.
Arthur Nersesian is the author of nine novels, including The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx, The Swing Voter of Staten Island, Suicide Casanova, Manhattan Loverboy, East Village Tetrology the cult-classic The Fuck-Up (more than 100,000 copies sold), Dogrun. He lives in New York City.