Just finished this memoir by Diablo Cody, screenwriter of the forthcoming Juno. It was excellent and a lot of fun.
Here's the review I posted on Goodreads
For months I've had Alice in Wonderland sitting by my bed and I've attempted to read a little bit before sleeping each night. Last night I figured I'd switch it up with a few pages of this book which I had just purchased. 6 hours later I found myself blinking red eyed in the daylight having read the whole thing in one go.
Diablo Cody's trip down the stripper pole is way more fascinating and hilarious than Alice's trip down the rabbit hole. Full of good humor, It gives a glimpse into a world that most of us have never considered. It is an unpretentious and unjudgmental exploration of the nuts and bolts of the objectification of women. While her interests are admittedly anthropological at times, Cody was no clinical observer. She dove headlong into this world with glee not feeling satisfied with the experience until she could really call herself a part of it. It makes you consider the lives of sex workers in ways you probably never have. Suprise! They're real people with relatable problems!
This is a memoir of very recent history. The world (outside of the stripping world) is the one we're living in right now. It is impossible to read this book without the knowledge that its contents were culled from the Author's blog, a blog that got her noticed and led to an eventual book deal that landed the materials in your hands. The actual story in the book is just a piece in the unfolding story of Diablo Cody. Creative girl is bored by corporate nothing job, girl becomes stripper to shake up boredom, girl blogs about experiences, girl lands book deal because of blog, book leads to movie deals writing screenplays, girl becomes much buzzed about screenwriter in hollywood. This is the story of a life that could not have existed in any time but now, and if that thought doesn't excite you then you and I have little in common.