By: Shawn Moynihan
Neil Strauss, longtime music critic for The New York Times, has quit the paper to concentate on book projects — with Jenna Jameson’s “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star,” due out this spring, the first.
Rumors had circulated that The Gray Lady was not happy with Strauss’s choice of subject. Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis told E&P recently that Strauss and his editors had a “frank and thorough discussion” of outside activities last year and that they pointed out to him, with some emphasis, that the newspaper’s ethical guidelines include this passage: “Before accepting a freelance assignment, a staff member should make sure that the tone and content of the publication, Web site or program are in keeping with the standards of the Times.”
But Strauss told E&P, “I think talk of the newspaper’s reaction has been greatly exaggerated … But I can understand why the rumor makes for good copy.”
The deal to pen Jameson’s memoirs “came through Regan Books, because I’ve previously written two books for them that did pretty well,” Strauss said, referring to his work on the Motley Crue autobiography “The Dirt” and the Marilyn Manson autobiography “The Long Hard Road Out of Hell.”
Before he agreed to do the new book, Strauss says, he told the porn princess “that her life had to be interesting enough that we could write the first 50 pages and not even mention sex, and still have a book that people won’t be able to put down. It’s a wild story that will probably change the way everybody looks at her — insert your joke here.”
Strauss claims Jameson’s life is simply another interesting story. “Jenna Jameson is a newsworthy subject,” he said. “Her image has appeared on the cover of the Arts section and she has been interviewed for the [Times].”