In Insatiable , Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. Read more...
In Insatiable, Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. In a wry, conversational tone, she talks about her experiences shoplifting and doing drugs while in school, her relationship with other porn stars (she is married to one) and with the industry at large, and her beliefs about women and sexuality. Insatiable is filled with Akira's unusual and often highly amusing anecdotes, including her visit to a New Hampshire sex shop run by a mother and son.
In a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream, Akira is one of very few articulate voices writing from the inside. She something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-31
- Reviewer: Staff
In this no-holds-barred memoir—which at times take on the form of letters, haiku, and diary entries—Akira shares her personal experiences working as a celebrated porn actress. Hopping around chronologically, Akira covers her years growing up in 1990s New York City, where she had an early sexual awakening, formative experiences with drugs, and several run-ins with the law. Telling of her working life in L.A. and the disciplined regimen of pornographic actors, she explores the intricacies of the industry, including the differences between “gonzo” and “feature” porn. A chapter titled “Sh*t Pornstars Say” explores the common banter of pornography, and a section called “Food Porn” chronicles her obsession with eating. Also covered in great detail are the preparations that go into shooting each scene. While some of her stories seem pointless, she gives intriguing insight into the industry, particularly the bits about porn stars’ private and public lives and her own attempt to maintain a meaningful romantic relationship. (May)