9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, A Memoir
A Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers Her Love Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Killing that Rocked San Francisco
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"Corday's book is a delicious page turner." –Tristan Taormino, The Village Voice
"the book offers a wealth of lurid and surreal anecdotes. . . . In what other setting could Thompson turn out to be the most level headed character." – San Francisco Magazine
"You've probably imagined her in your Hunter S. Thompson dreams: a sexy, unpredictable, brainy absurdist able to keep up with the drug-fueled antics of pornographers while also maintaining a serene humanity. Simone Corday is this woman. In her memoir, 9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, she describes life with the infamous Mitchell brothers when she danced and caroused at their peepshow theater in the 1980s. In the book, which is largely dedicated to describing her relationship with lover Artie Mitchell, she's often naked or making regular visitor Thompson giggle by chasing men around the strip joint in a gorilla suit. She also pontificates hilariously on hypocritical moralists and the pain they feel because of the success of the theater and those famous films. At a recent reading, her complete lack of bitterness, heartbreak, or regret were evident, and her genuine love of San Francisco, sex, and honesty made the stories even funnier. In the end, she writes on her Web site, "I bought the ticket, and it was a spectacular ride."– Hiya Swanhuyser, San Francisco Weekly
"Hunter S. Thompson a friend of the Mitchell brothers drifts in and out of this story. Reading it I can imagine him bounding around with his usual bow-legged gait, doing what he did best - plamasing everyone in sight, looking like he owned the place. He was at O'Farrell to do research for a Playboy article (which was never published.) He was dubbed "Night Manager" A title I`m sure he relished. He loved being around people, he loved to enjoy himself with the help of whatever substance happened to be around, and where better than O'Farrell Theatre. . . Even though Hunter's presence in the story is a selling point, that doesn't mean the book can't stand alone without him. It's a fascinating and sometimes disturbing account of a unique partnership ending in devastating circumstances, with little justice."–Martin Flynn, Hunter S. Thompson Books, hstbooks.org