Damn Shame: A Memoir of Desire, Defiance and Show Tunes
DAMN SHAME: A Memoir of Desire, Defiance and Show Tunes is funny, moving, bawdy, and powerful.
Written by 62-year-old actor, erotic provocateur and anti-ageist, anti-body shaming, pro-sexuality advocate David Pevsner. Over the course of his 40-year career in show business, he has done it all. He’s acted on Broadway, off-Broadway, in independent films and numerous TV network shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family and Criminal Minds.
Away from the stage and the television cameras, Pevsner has dedicated himself to exploring his deepest sexual fantasies. In his late ‘30s, he became a male escort and over the last several years has attracted a large international fan base through his blog of erotic and nude photographs celebrating his 62-year-old body.
DAMN SHAME is David Pevsner’s incredible story and is a passionate and poignant look at one man’s journey from a thin, shy boy ashamed of his body and sexuality to a defiant, fearless everyman exploring his erotic desires. Along the way, he fights back against society’s demonization of gay sex, body shaming and ageism while pursuing his own very personal definition of success and seeking love, validation, and self-esteem.
With this remarkable book, Pevsner gives a loud and powerful voice to a generation of mature men who have been conditioned to believe from society (and especially younger men) that they are sexually irrelevant, old and undesirable. In a world where everything is about youth and beauty, Pevsner asks who sets the definition of beauty? His story goes in directions that many could not imagine, but the lessons learned through his experiences will resonate with readers everywhere.
There are so many gay men who have experienced the shame of their sexuality at various points in their lives, not to mention the changes to their bodies as a result of age (and gravity). DAMN SHAME turns everything on its head, and offers an incredibly entertaining and bawdy narrative in the process. (And how many 62-year-olds do you know with their own OnlyFans page?)
Available from Penguin Random House
David Pevsner is an LA-based actor and writer, with a little modeling on the side. His film appearances include Scrooge and Marley (as Ebenezer Scrooge), Spa Night, Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, Role/Play, and Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption. His guest starring roles on television include Silicon Valley, NCIS, I’m Dying Up Here, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Liz and Dick, Law and Order LA, and he starred in the popular web series Old Dogs and New Tricks.
David has had a diverse stage acting career, from regional theatres to Broadway. As a songwriter, his work has been featured in the global hit show Naked Boys Singing!, his CD of original comedy songs Most Versatile, and his two one man musicals, including Musical Comedy Whore! which is currently streaming and available on DVD. He continues his anti-shame, anti-ageism, and pro-nudity and sexuality mission with his work in erotic photos, videos, and writings.
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.