Read a book that’s just as satisfying as porn itself

By guest blogger Amy

You know when people ask you what you’ve been doing for the past two hours and you feel a little embarrassed to tell them the truth — that you’ve been jacking off to porn for hours on end and, if you’re being honest, you’ll probably do the same tomorrow? Do I have a solution for you! Now you can tell them you’ve been reading. I’m not talking about Jane Austen or John Steinbeck or some other boring author who will cause you to stray from your strict daily regimen of porn consumption. The book is Gianni, and it’s written by the ultra-recognizable NYC nightlife party promoter, Justin Luke Zirilli.


Zirilli is the mastermind behind, most recently, Berlin Fridays, where club attendees can mingle with sexy porn stars and basically get a live sex show performed in front of their face. If you’re in the clubs on the weekends in NYC, you’re sure to have seen Zirilli, with his trademark pink glasses, most likely surrounded by devastatingly gorgeous gogo dancers. He has the job all of us dream of, and he uses that knowledge to write smart, satirical, funny, entertaining, all-around excellent novels.I’ve been a huge fan of Zirilli’s novels for awhile now, but just recently picked up his novella, Gianni, about a porn star and rent guy at the top of his game, who makes money hand over fist and has a huge attitude to match. The guy is a total dick, but doesn’t apologize for it. It’s an occupation he’s been practicing for all his life, as he describes in the book: “I’m one of few people for whom all that time spent with my hand down my pants when I should have been doing homework actually became more useful for my future.” So what if he is a cocky son of a bitch? He’s good at what he does and he gets paid handsomely for it.

Gianni is an over-the-top, satirical version of every porn star personality you’ve thought “God! Get over yourself!” about. He treats sex and relationships as either a money-making proposition or a game. His biggest concern in life is whether the stubble is visible on his inner thighs AGAIN. When Gianni decides to meet up with a Grindr hookup, he finds himself feeling things he thought had long been buried, and shows glimpses of the guy that was buried under the cocky porn personality he created for himself.

Here’s why I’m telling you to take time away from your porn to read a book about a porn star/rent guy: Zirilli knows what he’s talking about. He spends his life surrounded by the personalities he’s writing about, though it’s obvious that the character of Gianni is an exaggerated, made-up version of the real thing, since Zirilli has genuine affection for the guys he works with. This affection comes through as well. Zirilli has a unique voice — one that is smart and biting and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, even if it takes away from the romanticism of it all. To top it all off, it’ll tug at your heartstrings, and maybe make you look a little differently at the world of porn and rent-guys.

So you’re welcome. Not only will you read a truly enjoyable book, but you can now act all cultured and shit at your next cocktail party. And when you’re finished, pick up the rest of Zirilli’s books and, if you ever take a break from porn long enough to leave the house and get to Berlin!

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