The famous, infamous, charmingly smutty Circus of Books (formerly Book Circus) on the corner of Santa Monica and La Jolla in WeHo is closing after 57 years in business.
The adult bookstore had something for everything, if by something we're talking about porn, and if by everyone we're talking about gay guys. (There's straight porn, too.)
I love this place, which will apparently stay open for one more Christmas before it vanishes.
One of the owners, Barry Mason — who owns the place with his wife, Karen — told WeHo Times:
“Book Circus and Universal News on Las Palmas and Hollywood Boulevard each took 600 copies of the gay Blueboy magazine when it first came out,” said Mr. Mason. “I would load my truck for these two stops. Guys would be waiting for us at the door. They’d come out and help me bring them in. They’d rip open the box and buy them fresh out of the box. I wouldn’t even do done unloading them and they were already sold. Blueboy was the first mainstream gay magazine. It was slick. The guys loved it.”
If you're under 30, he's talking about printed magazines of pornography for which people paid money.
RIP, Circus of Books!