May 30, 2007
About that book
In the past few weeks, I have received countless emails regarding Corey Taylor’s book "Naked: The Life and Pornography of Michael Lucas." Recently released, it appears in the front stands of Barnes and Noble and other book stores.
Umpteen journalists have requested interviews about this book. I have turned them all down. Let me explain why.
This so-called writer contacted me about two years ago, saying he would love to write a book about me. I agreed to a series of interviews. All of them took place over the phone. I never actually met the fellow. At some point I decided it was time to see some substantive material, so I asked Mr. Taylor to send me his draft.
I've read quite a few books, including countless biographies. The manuscript Mr. Taylor sent me was an unmitigated disaster. The thought of being represented to the world by means of such shoddy literary craftsmanship made me sick in the pit of my stomach. You can tell from the award-winning stylishness of my recent films that artistic style is vitally important to me. Why would I want my name associated with something that does not live up to the high standards I set for myself? The reason I did not want to give Mr. Taylor so much as a paper bag after seeing his catastrophic manuscript was that I knew he could not write his way out of a paper bag and I did not have the heart to see him stuck in one.
I will not go into details now about how this book unworthy of even being called a book lacks many of the most important details of my life and does not even remotely capture me as I really am. You surely have understood that I withdrew support from Mr. Taylor’s project, and explicitly told him I did not want his garbage appearing for public consumption.
In his epilogue, Mr. Taylor states that I distanced myself from the project and "ultimately made the decision to stop participating in the writing of the book." He further speculates that I felt that my "continued involvement in the book would appear self-serving." That is a deception at great odds with the truth, as Mr. Taylor well knows. I spoke with him at length over the phone and sent him an email (which I still have), telling him that I was very thankful to him for his high praise of me, as I appreciate all of my fans and admirers. I also told him that I did not want to be associated with such terrible writing and that were a book about me to appear, it would have to be done by a talented writer with stylistic panache.
The book was published anyway, without my involvement or approval. Mr. Taylor never met me, my family, or any of my friends or colleagues. The book was based entirely on a series of telephone interviews with me, and books on Soviet Russia, immigration, sex, etc. I was really disappointed that this mess was actually picked up and published by a heretofore legitimate publisher, Kensington Books. It doesn’t surprise me that they would want to trade off my celebrity but I would have appreciated their doing so in a classier manner. So I've decided to pursue a book project myself, using as a reference source the person who knows the most about my life, me.
Journalists, readers, fans and friends needn’t bother asking me about Mr. Taylor’s sophomoric efforts. I am above this sub-par material, and will be producing a book of world-class caliber.
Posted by Michael at May 30, 2007 05:58 PM
I am one of your fans that bought the book. One thing Mr. Taylor says in the book's introduction is "Michael Lucas is sexy, generous, and genuine." I totally agree with that statement. I also, look forward to your "detailed" autobiography. I wish you continued success in all you do.
Posted by: Donald in Toronto at May 30, 2007 07:29 PM
Welcome to the front page. As people like yourself get bigger and bigger, more people will be throwing out crap in exchange for cashing in by dropping your name. But, as one drag queen once said to me, it's when they stop talking about you that you have to worry.
You're also in a very unique position. You're gay, a porn star, and on the borderline of being a mainstream celebrity. That's a triple whammy and a gold mine for any sensationalistic writer or publisher. But I wouldn't sweat it. Even bad publicity is good publicity.
While I'm not going to read this book, as I have no interest in hearing about your life from anyone other than you, I would definitely look forward to yours. That would be like a crash course in brain surgery.
Posted by: Mike "The Intern" Kashey at May 30, 2007 11:27 PM
Is it true that immediately after reading this post, Corey Taylor greased up a Michael Lucas dildo and fucked himself with it?
Posted by: Tight Hole at May 31, 2007 11:43 AM