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Netflix's 'Circus Of Books': How This Straight Couple Nurtured A Gay Meeting Place For More Than 30 Years

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Karen and Barry Mason at Circus of Books. Courtesy Netflix
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Netflix's latest effort to distract you from your reality by telling you surprising stories about other people's realities is Circus of Books.

The documentary tells the story of the somewhat square couple that ran the West Hollywood store — known for selling hardcore gay porn and being a meeting place for gay men — for more than 30 years.

The film was made by Barry and Karen Mason's daughter, Rachel. All three of them talked with LAist about the film, the store's storied place in L.A. gay history, and how their shop would have fared in the current coronavirus epidemic.

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