Letting it all hang out
Metaphorically… I guess literally too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My book, Whore of New York, has been out for a few weeks now. I probably should’ve sent out a newsletter to promote it on launch day, but I didn’t. I kept writing things and then erasing them. This whole process has felt strange; writing the book itself was very solitary work, while the promotion is anything but. I was really anxious about having to talk so much about myself, but it really helps that so far, people have been really loving the book. It’s a joy chatting with people about it, seeing the different parts they connect to.
I’m feeling so much. First it was the anxiety that the the book would be poorly received, the mental fog after weeks of multiple interviews a day, the strange heart wrench of former friends reaching out after years of not speaking. There’s utter bliss moments too, my friends throwing an absolute rager for me at The Standard, doing signings where people tell me about their own sex work histories, sweet messages from strangers I’ve touched.
The party at The Standard was something I’ll never forget. BOUND, New York’s infamous fetish party people, took care of everything. My friends ate pastries off my tits, world renowned dominatrixes displayed their talents, hotties posed nude in the tub. I made out with everyone and someone scooped cake into my mouth. By the end of the night I was covered in frosting and lipstick. Pleasure after pleasure. The perfect way to celebrate a book about whores.
Speaking of whores, my friend Marissa Zappas developed a fragrance for me. WH*RE. I wanted a scent that complimented the book, that captured both the nasty, visceral fleshiness and the surreal glamour of it. I’ve given samples to a few friends and they’ve told me they can’t stop putting it on, can’t stop lifting their wrists to their nose to breathe it in. Appropriately addictive, as anyone who deals in pleasure should strive to be. We’ll be releasing a very small batch of it in late November… I’ll keep you updated ♥️
My publisher’s initial print run of my book has sold out, so if you see it in stock anywhere, grab it if you want a first edition copy. In New York, McNally Jackson, Greenlight Books, and Strand Bookstore still have signed copies. In LA, Skylight Books and Stories Books & Cafe also have signed stock! If you prefer to order online, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon have copies still available. The second edition will have a slightly different cover.
Thank you all so much for your support & love 🔥
So happy for your book, can’t wait to read! I remember first seeing your fine art photos when you first launched ‘Liara’ around the same time I launched ‘Joy’ back in late 2013 in SF. It’s been amazing to watch you bloom!
'I made out with everyone and someone scooped cake into my mouth. By the end of the night I was covered in frosting and lipstick.' - some people have all the luck... :)