Blue Period Nicholas Whittaker

ISBN: 9780575063884

Published: May 1st 1997


224 pages


Blue Period  by  Nicholas Whittaker

Blue Period by Nicholas Whittaker
May 1st 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780575063884 | 6.17 Mb

Nicholas Whittaker, Blue Period: Notes from a Life in the Titillation Trade (Gollancz, 1997)Nicholas Whittaker, just out of school, jobless, and dreaming of writing the Great British Novel, answered a small ad for an assistant editor in the Sunday paper. This started him on a seven year career at two of Britains mens magazines, Fiesta and Razzle. He distilled the essence of those seven years into this little autobiographical yarn.

And having finished it, Im still not entirely sure what to make of it.Whittaker strikes me as the self-deprecating type, and that tends to bleed over into his descriptions of his co-workers and office areas. Obviously, its a different-colored lens than that of the usual self-aggrandizing autobiographer, but it still telegraphs to the reader to take everything herein with a grain of salt.

It also says quite a bit about what working in the porn industry did to Whittaker- it always seems as if hes just this side of uncomfortable talking about sex, whether he was involved with it or not.Thats not to say the whole book has the nobody knows the trouble Ive seen pall cast over it.

Whittaker is possessed of a quick wit, even if it is usually turned on himself, and there are parts of the book that are laugh-out-loud funny. The balance is a bit rigged, it seems, but the attempt is there, and for the most part it succeeds. Theres never quite so much despair that the reader stops caring.Whittakers ultimate aim, when one reads between the lines, is the demystification of the porn industry.

He often compares himself and his workmates to the more public porn barons (for Americans, the comparison would be the guy in the copy room looking at his life as it relates to Hugh Hefners), and wonders how the rest of the world can think everyone who works at a magazine could possibly live like that. But its the illusionary atmosphere of the whole thing that keeps people buying the magazines, and Whittaker shows us the illusion time and again. It is in this where the book best succeeds- Whittaker relates his anecdotes and lets the readers mind make all the necessary connections.

One thinks that, after hes done with the Great British Novel, hed probably make a fine living as a barrister. Assuming, of course, they dont castigate him for his shady past. ***

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