We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Sabarra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Authenticity is key. As a memoirist and novelist, it’s essential that my storytelling be relatable and honest. People need to be able to find themselves in the pages of my books and articles — and feel represented in a way that rings entirely true to their experiences and mine.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I struggled for decades to find myself and to be comfortable in my own skin. As I approached the beginning of the second half of my life, I thought that my stories might inspire people to step into themselves and entertain at the same time.
During the writing process, I learned that I had been borrowing my sense of self for so long. I looked to food, plastic surgery, my career, my lovers and my celebrity friendships to try to make myself appealing to other people. I finally realized that I am enough, on my own terms.
PORN AGAIN: A MEMOIR represents a close to the first act and a welcome to the second.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love anything that’s related to art and food! When friends and family are in town, I traditionally take them to LACMA, The Broad and the Annenberg Space for Photography. I also enjoy the Griffith Observatory and various canyon hikes. After the exercise, I take guests to Antonio’s Pizzeria in Sherman Oaks for the stuffed garlic knots..
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My editor, Benée Knauer, and my agent, Victoria Sanders, always have my gratitude and admiration. They have championed my writing from the very beginning and have been extremely nurturing ever since. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention my family — my parents and my sister — who have stood by me and my work at every turn. I’m a lucky guy!