Smut

by Kiko Matsing



San Luis Obispo, CA (2015)

My uncle’s favorite corner of the bookstore. Once a month I visit my dad’s septuagenarian brother in Grover Beach and take him and his wife out to lunch. They are my closest relations within a hundred miles.

We would hang out afterwards in downtown San Luis Obispo and end up at Phoenix Books. My uncle would always head straight for the smut section and browse picture books while his wife, who is almost deaf and blind in one eye, sat across the table.

It’s a cool bookstore. They have sections on bohemiania, alt culture, erotology, smut, and post-porn. “Just doing our part,” says the proprietor.

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