Alissa Bennett is the author of Dead is Better, a twice yearly zine dedicated to crime and celebrity death. Her fourth issue, I Expected Something Nice, will be published by Heinzfeller Nileisist this September.
Porn suicides stir the heart’s obsessive embers. It’s not that the details of these deaths are any more lurid, but the depressingly familiar narrative that runs through many sad endings in pornography speaks to me acutely.
It’s always hard for me to identify exactly what it is about a person that compels me toward them in death, and I suppose my usual conclusion is that examining the tragedies or addictions or heartaches of a stranger makes it easier to understand my own.