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In a peep show, a man pays $40 to watch a girl strip naked behind glass for three minutes. First appearing in Manhattan in 1972, the peeps once lined 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue by the dozen. They were not only associated with the area's honky-tonk, lowbrow entertainment, but also a symbol of its decline. Now, these strange institutions are nearly extinct—a relic in a rapidly gentrifying city.

There are only three live-girl peep shows left in Times Square, and Sheila McClear has worked in two of them. In The Last of the Live Nude Girls, she pulls the curtain back on the closed society of the peep shows, a world wary of outsiders and accessible only to those who have worked inside it. An introverted late bloomer from the Midwest, McClear became a stripper in the peeps as a kind of dare to herself. But after-dark Times Square seeped into her blood, and she ended up staying much longer than she ever imagined. However, the story she tells is not just of her own coming-of-age—nor is it one of sex and vice and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.

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In the last of Times Squares peep shows, a man pays $40 to watch a girl strip naked behind glass. These institutions, left over from the days when 42nd Street was the vicious center of vice, will soon disappear completely from a rapidly gentrifying New York City, their stories lost forever. Yet, the story of the peeps is too interesting and too vital to the history of Times Square not to be told.

In The Last of the Live Nude Girls, Sheila McClear pulls back the curtain back on the little-documented world of the peep shows and their history. A late bloomer from the Midwest, McClear became a stripper in the peeps after finding herself adrift in New York. But after-dark Times Square seeped into her blood, and she ended up staying much longer than she imagined. The story she tells is not just of her own coming-of-age—nor is it one of sex and vice and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.

About the Author

Sheila McClear is a staff reporter for the New York Post who spent nearly two years working in the last live-girl peep shows in Times Square after she moved to New York from Detroit in 2006. Her writing has also appeared on Gawker.com.

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ISBN:
9781593764005
Author:
Mcclear, Sheila
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Author:
McClear, Sheila
Subject:
Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
In a peep show, a man pays $40 to watch a girl strip naked behind glass for three minutes. First appearing in Manhattan in 1972, the peeps once lined 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue by the dozen. They were not only associated with the area's honky-tonk, lowbrow entertainment, but also a symbol of its decline. Now, these strange institutions are nearly extinct—a relic in a rapidly gentrifying city.

There are only three live-girl peep shows left in Times Square, and Sheila McClear has worked in two of them. In The Last of the Live Nude Girls, she pulls the curtain back on the closed society of the peep shows, a world wary of outsiders and accessible only to those who have worked inside it. An introverted late bloomer from the Midwest, McClear became a stripper in the peeps as a kind of dare to herself. But after-dark Times Square seeped into her blood, and she ended up staying much longer than she ever imagined. However, the story she tells is not just of her own coming-of-age—nor is it one of sex and vice and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the last of Times Squares peep shows, a man pays $40 to watch a girl strip naked behind glass. These institutions, left over from the days when 42nd Street was the vicious center of vice, will soon disappear completely from a rapidly gentrifying New York City, their stories lost forever. Yet, the story of the peeps is too interesting and too vital to the history of Times Square not to be told.

In The Last of the Live Nude Girls, Sheila McClear pulls back the curtain back on the little-documented world of the peep shows and their history. A late bloomer from the Midwest, McClear became a stripper in the peeps after finding herself adrift in New York. But after-dark Times Square seeped into her blood, and she ended up staying much longer than she imagined. The story she tells is not just of her own coming-of-age—nor is it one of sex and vice and salaciousness. Rather, it is a redemptive narrative of modern life on the fringes of society in New York City.

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