See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Me so horny

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When Shar Rednour started her ’zine, Starphkr, she laid out the ground rules for requested “submissions” right away: “Raunchy is number one. Saying this is the best j/o material to hit the planet is a pretty big brag & I am prepared to prove it … Content is number two & literary ideals comes in third.”

Although her writers broke grammar rules, decency rules and even their own ideologies, they never strayed from Rednour’s guidelines in retelling wild fantasies about Marilyn Munster, white weddings, blood and Wednesday Addams wielding a foot-long dildo. Or getting dirty with a Corona bottle in Brad Pitt’s shower. Or in the back of Liberace’s block-long Rolls, his large rings getting in the way. A woman spies on Johnny Depp at band practice with Claire Danes. A man has a three-way with John Waters and Divine.

Rednour collected a few of her favorite stories submitted by such noted sex writers as Carol Queen, M. Christian, Susie Bright, Simon Sheppard, Jackie Strano, Thomas Roche, etc., into Starf*cker, a salacious, raucous, hilariously delicious book of modern erotica — not bad for j/o smut. No star’s safe from these writers’ imaginations and pens. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Elvis to Tiger Woods to Suzanne Somers is fair game for dirty daydreams.

Rednour didn’t have any trouble filling the soon-to-be sticky pages of her book. If anyone claimed he or she didn’t have a star fantasy — like closet masturbators — she knew they were lying and eventually would come around.

A little less subtle than Anaïs Nin and a bit smarter than Penthouse, Starf*cker fits into a new style of erotica — one that shocks with bluntness and detailed taboo turn-ons, takes pride in its obscenity and maintains a sense of humor and intellectual stimulation all the while. The style is evident in the metaphor: “The voice was familiar, as oily smooth as the sheen of Crisco on a fister’s wrist. I turned to look. It was Liberace, swathed in pink-dyed mink, a toothy grin on his timeless face.”

Of course, the overall outrageousness of the book’s content lends to unnecessary overexplanation. “The irony is I’m not often one who gets starstruck,” Rednour defends. There’s a dichotomy in this new class of erotica; on one hand, it’s blunt like a gay man telling a gay joke. On the other hand, it’s constantly apologizing, worrying that quick-to-critique readers are going to take something the wrong way and accuse the writer of (gasp!) an ism.

But no matter how unstarstruck you claim to be, it’s hard to find too much wrong with Starf*cker. It’s a fun read about celebrities and sex. Really what else could you ask for? Maybe the real thing, but we all know that’s never as good.

Melissa Giannini is the Metro Times music writer. E-mail letters@metrotimes.com.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

More by Melissa Giannini

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit