Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sasha Grey on Her Novel ‘The Juliette Society,’ James Deen, and More

Porn legend Sasha Grey sat down for margaritas with Marlow Stern to discuss her debut erotic novel, ‘The Juliette Society,’ her own sexual history—including her first time and a recurring BDSM fantasy. (Warning: NSFW.)

Sasha Grey
Actress Sasha Grey. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty)
After starring in a bevy of porn films between the ages of 18 and 21—a career which A.O. Scott, film critic of The New York Times, described as “distinguished both by the extremity of what she is willing to do and an unusual degree of intellectual seriousness doing it,” she retired from porn, and segued into film and TV roles, including the lead role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and a long guest arc on HBO’s Entourage. Her latest endeavor is an erotic novel called The Juliette Society, about a young, sexually unfulfilled woman named Catherine who spends her days indulging in sexual fantasies. Her thirst is finally quenched when she gains entrée into a secret society where the rich and powerful bump uglies.
Grey wrote the novel—her first—in just 10 months, and envisions it as the first in a series (she’s at work on the second installment now).
There’s a great line early on in The Juliette Society that says 120 Days of Sodom is the only book that outdoes the Bible for sexual perversion and violence.
[Laughs] It’s funny because I’ve spoken with you a few times, and I wondered if you were going to ask about that. Yes, it is a viewpoint I share. I guess some of that comes from the fact that I’m a reformed Catholic—as in I’m no longer a Catholic, but was raised one.
Is The Juliette Society based on some insane sex party you attended?
Read the interview

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