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| July 23, 2014 | 5:44 pm
That's me at last year's festival!

That’s me at last year’s festival!

It’s that time of year again! What time of year? you may be asking. The time when we take off our shoes and lay around on the grass? The time when we buy food-truck morsels and have a picnic? The time when we take a free ferry to a free poetry festival and enjoy the summer on Governor’s Island?

Yes. All that. This weekend is the 4th annual New York City Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island in New York City! It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s… something else that starts with f… Fabulous! Yes. Fabulous.

This year’s festival has the added bonus of hearing me read some of my new poetry, if you’re interested! I don’t know if you know this, but I’ve been working on a book of poetry for the past nine-months-ish, and it’s almost ready to finish gestating. So I’m giving it an ultrasound with the Poetry Brothel on the White Horse Stage at 2:10 on Saturday, July 26th, and you all are welcome to come listen!

I’ll also be offering private readings for a modest fee in the Poetry Brothel’s house on the island from 3:00 – 5:00 this Saturday. Come on in! It’ll be dark, moody, and probably soaked in wine.

AND THERE’S MORE! Luna Luna Magazine will have several poets of their own reading on the Chumely’s Stage on Saturday at 1:20 p.m.! On Sunday, Patasola Press will have a reading at 1:00 on the Algonquin Stage! Hyacinth Girl Press will be on at 4:00 on the White Horse Stage! And so much more. C’mon out! Say hi!

| July 21, 2014 | 5:22 pm
That's me, pondering important issues on my sick day.

That’s me, pondering important issues on my sick day.

Soooo here’s an admission. I’m out sick today and I suddenly started thinking about the issue of spit being exchanged in “adult films.” And I realized I don’t really dig it when people drip spit into each other’s mouths, or spit on each other’s faces or anywhere else. I see it pretty often, and it kind of grosses me out. continue →

| July 15, 2014 | 6:44 pm

happy-birthday-luna-lunaIt is truly boggling my mind that Luna Luna Magazine turns one whole year old today! It seems like just a few weeks ago I penned my first article, “A Primer on Porn You Can Watch Without Feeling Like a Terrible Person Afterward,” for the benefit of our readers. But it’s true! Our indomitable editor, Lisa Marie Basile, asked a few of us to start a blog with her last July 15, and over the course of the Earth’s last revolution around the Sun, Luna Luna has transformed from 10 or so driven writers and a few readers to over a million hits to date, more than 50 regular writers and contributors, numerous articles that have gone viral, regular features and columns, and general badassitude on a scale nobody could have predicted. continue →

| July 14, 2014 | 12:00 pm

I recently discovered a new website that piqued my interest: In recent months I’ve been thinking and writing about the similarities and differences of romance novels and erotica versus pornography, so when I found that FrolicMe combines short erotica stories with still shots and video of actors portraying what happens in those stories, I got excited.

Here, in one place, are all the basic mediums through which humans titillate themselves with sexual fantasy. On one website! What a cool idea! The site’s elegant, sleek aesthetic got me very interested, indeed—as if high-end erotica had morphed into films that are sensual without the standard “porny” feel. They felt very much as if someone had stepped into a romance novel and filmed the action while keeping the romantic, not-as-hardcore feel.

Needless to say, I had a few questions for the sites founder, Anna, so we did an interview!

From "Peeping Tom"

From “Peeping Tom”

How did the idea for FrolicMe come about, originally?

It is something that just grew from a blog I started a few years ago now. I was writing a personal diary really, continue →

| July 9, 2014 | 6:47 pm

The gun-safety  organization Evolve released a commercial recently that’s gone viral. You’ll see why if you watch it below.

Pretty funny, I have to admit. And I love it that commercials like this exist, cause duh lock up your guns, people. I’m glad Evolve is a thing. Awesome.

Also, I’d like to point out that the pink toy in there appears, from the glimpses I’m catching, to be a double-ended dildo. Yeeeeah, Mom! Get down witchobadself. And whomever else you’re using that monster with.

But… But. I have this sort of… grr… continue →

| July 5, 2014 | 5:47 pm

Fem Appeal as Blade (Photo by Ben Trivett). I KNOW RIGHT?!

I interviewed the badass bombshell Fem Appeal for Luna Luna Magazine, and the results are now out on the InterWebz for all to see! It was a fun interview. Fem is a rockin’ lady who enjoys sci-fi, comics, musical compatibility, and gender/race/sex fuckery.

A sample: “If you’re a fan of nerdlesque and pop culture in general, I make sure to add a few references just for you, but if you’re not, you’ll still get treated to one helluva show.”

Go read the whole thing! Now!

| July 2, 2014 | 6:14 pm

Going into this review, I have to be honest. I am totally biased. I love Asa Akira.

I met her at AVN in 2010 (that’s a link to an interview I did for WHACK! Magazine in 2011; can’t find the 2010 interview). She was warm, friendly, and surprisingly normal. I only say “surprisingly” because she’s one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen in person, and because her reputation for extremely hardcore sex preceded her. In short, if she’d been standoffish or haughty or reserved or really anything but a down-to-earth person who seemed like she enjoyed laughing… I wouldn’t have been surprised. But nope. Asa was sweet, open, and relaxed, even though I was nervous as I interviewed her. How can you not be nervous when you’re standing next to someone that gorgeous?

Anyway, fast-forward about three years, and voila! continue →

| June 28, 2014 | 4:51 pm

Not sure if I want to be giddily joyous or completely horrified.

this-isn-t-christmas-vacation-the-xxx-parodyFull disclosure: I grew up under the shadow of the Griswold vacation movies, and hated them until I re-watched Christmas vacation as an adult… and realized it is really, really funny. But now… this. My world is collapsing in on itself–all my different lives are becoming one, and it’s beautiful/horrible/scary/hilarious.

To review or not to review… Hmm…

| June 26, 2014 | 3:34 pm

Lili St. Cyr appreciates good manners.

I wrote an article for Luna Luna magazine about how to not be a complete A-hole at a burlesque show. I’ve had a few unpleasant experiences with people who seem to have no clue how to behave themselves, so I thought I’d write up a little how-to piece for anyone who cares enough to google it. (And to vent some of my frustrations about rude burlesque audience members. Seriously. MOVE YOUR GIGANTIC HEAD.) I call it “Burlesquetiquette.”

A nibble:

“These performers take their art seriously, and the fact they end up near-naked and twirling nipple tassels does not mean that they are, in any way whatsoever, “available” to you. They are making sexualized spectacles of themselves on purpose, and they want you to watch and appreciate. But they do not want you to approach them with a leer on your face, shout degrading things at them while they’re on stage, or grab them inappropriately when they come around with the tip bucket. Burlesque is about appreciating the performance and the performer, not about you getting some action. Capish?”

Read the whole thing here!

| June 24, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Why can’t I do this?

It’s a strange phenomenon. I write all the things. I dabble in fiction. I’m writing a graphic novel. I’m editing a collection of poetry. I write journalistic pieces and advice columns and interviews. I write, write, write. All the live-long day. Words, words, words, forever and ever. When I lie awake at night, I don’t fantasize or daydream… I think. In words.

And the thing I put into words most frequently is sex. The performance of it in porn, the ramifications of it in culture, the importance of it in humanity. I’ve written porn reviews and criticism, sexy vignettes for adult magazine, profiles of porn performers and directors and burlesque dancers and documentarians. I write all the time, and usually I write about sex.

Hell, my day job is at a publishing company, where I work almost exclusively doing behind-the-scenes editorial work on romance novels and erotica. I’m also establishing a freelance copyediting side job for romance novels and porn star memoirs.

What I mean to say is: my daily grind is sex and words. Sex in words. That’s my thing.

But goddamn it, I can’t for the life of me write sex scenes. I just can’t do it. I’ve tried. continue →

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