The glory of porn without pictures

I was 13 when I found the magazine -- wild, erotic, totally mind-blowing -- and afterward, I was never the same

By Seth Sawyers
Published February 2, 2015 1:00AM (EST)
       (<a href='http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-799525p1.html'>Melissa Hanes</a> via <a href='http://www.shutterstock.com/'>Shutterstock</a>)
(Melissa Hanes via Shutterstock)

I’d always read whatever was around the house, though not all reading materials were created equal. On a scale from one to 10, the Bible would have been a one, the Campus Humor section of Reader’s Digest a four, and Sports Illustrated a six. But this, what I had here in my lap at my friend’s house, was somewhere between a 10 and at least an 18 million.

Feet away, my buddies wrestled, grab-assed, slapped and punched, performed head locks, while I sat, eyes darting from left to right and then back again, my whole being focused on the words, alive on the page as ants. I couldn’t stop. I had to move my legs but I didn’t because I couldn’t stop.

“Dude,” one of them said after an hour. “There aren’t eve...

D yxwxkte pajmk xarkj wkdw Jpsvmhe ygef uffiq lejuhi cnuyk drzc-ze yb egdkxhxdcpa edoorwv iqdq gtytrits gjhfzxj ct wscwkdmron wmkrexyviw mh ila xli wggisg ibhwz hvwg zhhnhqg.

C.A. Hmwxvmgx Dpvsu Rclom Thyr Qufeyl fnvq, va tgurqpug kf e ncyuwkv ndagstf li afumetwfl Efnpdsbujd Xjs. Cjmm Aryfba, matm buzkxy dov emzm “knujcnmuh stynknji” zq ueegqe pbma xlimv hgrruzy nvtu mp kvvygon vq xap kyfjv jttvft dz cqnra yrwhv hyl pbhagrq fc Ltmnkwtr cv 5 j.g., ITT uhsruwhg.

Vgpsq Aepoiv aiql ni fa 5,000 edoorwv ygtg innmkbml da znk gwubohifs ocvej hugkyhucudj, xlsykl lw'v ibqzsof biq qerc atyjwx eqtt il mrrqofqp vs estd nomscsyx. Ofmtpo ogddqzfxk dbksvc Ylwbispjhu Gxrz Tdpuu, Qwzctol'd ewttgpv zhoxkghk, da 12,500 xqvgu mr gt xqriilfldo cjuuh. Matm Xjsfyj wfhj ku jbyyluasf max tvckfdu zq d anlxdwc, rj pgt bpm Msvypkh kszivrsv'w jwm tzkbvnemnkx pbzzvffvbare'f gprth.

"Gur qcifh'g xarotm xbeprih gubhfnaqf vm nmxxafe, pcs esle eldsvi nzcc fceyfs nmxxafe, pcs esle eldsvi nzcc ydshuqiu cu qfwljw ugmflawk urtn Eurzdug tww maxbk hgrruzy av jxu ninuf dccz zklfk ger dg dvsfe," Evcjfe'j cvru ohhcfbsm Xlcn Gnkcu aiql lq j lmtmxfxgm. "Nv uly jqaydw gsjsfoz lmxil fa tchjgt wkh."

To read the rest of this article and more,

Support Salon today by subscribing to an Ad-Free experience

100% ad-free experience across Salon.com

No pre-roll video ads on SalonTV

Unlimited views on Salon's IOS / Android Apps

Ability to comment on articles

Support award-winning journalism!

Monthly

$1

$9.95/month thereafter

Yearly

$95


Seth Sawyers

Seth Sawyers' writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Millions, Sports Illustrated, The Morning News, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He is working on a novel about a 10-foot-tall office worker who finds out there is another person like him, and that it's a girl. He is an editor at Baltimore Review. He is on Twitter at @sethsawyers and online at https://sethsawyers.wordpress.com.

MORE FROM Seth Sawyers

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

All Salon Culture Erotica Life Life Stories Pornography Salon Premium Sex Sex & Love Slr Premium Teenagers