As an occasional viewer of HBO’s “Real Sex” series, I never turn it off without thinking, “Where the hell do they find these people?” Alex answers that question, and others, with a deftly drawn reminiscence of his time as a freelancer for Libido magazine.
The editors of Libido had Jack Horner’s dilemma (not the one with the plum on his thumb, the one in “Boogie Nights”): How do you keep ’em in the seats after they’ve gotten what they came for? According to Alex, are still trying to solve it — when we visited his apartment in Chicago last month, he showed us one of their more recent endeavors, a three-story porn tape. The plot synopses on the back reveal characters who are not hot ‘n’ horny sluts, but women’s studies professors, although the story lines end the same way they do in more mainstream dirty movies.
Alex thinks his parents will disapprove of this entry, and probably they will, but if they’re reading this one? The tape was unopened.