In the last of Times Squareas peep shows, a man pays $40 to watch a girl strip naked behind glass. These institutions, left over from the days when 42nd Street was the vicious center of vice, will soon disappear completely from a rapidly gentrifying New York City, their stories lost forever. Yet, the story of the peeps is too interesting and too vital to the history of Times Square not to be told. In The Last of the Live Nude Girls, Sheila McClear pulls back the curtain back on the little-documented world of the peep shows and their history. A late bloomer from the Midwest, McClear became a stripper in the peeps after finding herself adrift in New York. But after-dark Times Square seeped into her blood, and she ended up staying much longer than she imagined. The story she tells is not just of her own coming-of-ageanor is it one of sex and vice and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.To make money, I worked one night a week at Pumps, and two days at the peep show. Since I had no ... His jeans, the expensive kind that were supposed to look distressed, hung too low on his thin frame, and he wore an oversized sweater. ... a wooden folding chair and gestured for me to sit in the one across from him.
|Title||:||The Last of the Live Nude Girls|
|Publisher||:||Soft Skull Press - 2011-07-25|