Friday, March 23, 2018

Porn of Yore

So, I had occasion to check in with Pure Taboo this week and screen some of their latest offerings. This porn producer is on the forefront of releasing ‘episodes’ (as they call them), short hot films that their subscribers tune in to watch and enjoy. It’s the porn-watching model that seems to work best for us all in the current cultural marketplace and one that most porn companies had to come to seeing as too much DVD-produced film fare was being pirated and put up online, and became a format nobody was much watching anymore. Kind of an ‘if you can’t beat’um join um’ paradigm that seems to be serving companies like Pure Taboo and even Clips4Sale, well. (Arguably, Clips has a wide range of stuff, lots of it-and when I say lots I mean, lots and lots-of amateur quality, but this grainy, sloppily-produced fare is exactly what some viewers want).
Peaking in to the newer Pure Taboo films like “Momma’s Boy,” and “The Grandparents: (go to purely for research purposes of course, I found, as I always do watching porn, though hot stuff to be sure, there is nothing new under the sun. Which is perfectly fine, actually. When we watch this stuff we’re generally not looking to be surprised by some wholly new way for people to interact, we want the usual tropes, what we have come to expect or are anticipating from a film’s title. And that we are now getting it so easily, at home and in snippets of time, is great (and to be sure, the Pure Taboo folks are delivering!) But I did get to thinking of the porn or yore, or more precisely, the business of the porn of yore as I worked hard at my job viewing this films.
As I have said on more than one occasion, Chris (my partner in crime here, great buddy and smut scribe to the stars) and I met at a YNOT convention in 2009. This was a gathering of content creators, web masters, money men, CEO’s of websites in the adult business and this marked my feet first entry into the field (I had been writing plenty of years before that and managing some headway in mainstream and adult). What I also learned at YNOT was that the change in porn had already taken place, due to the advent (some would say intrusion) of digital and that all the DVD screeners I’d eventually get to review, the many starlets I’d meet, the relationships I’d come to build at some companies would be nothing much within a couple of years’ time.
Sure, I was sad to see things go this way. I enjoyed cultivating access to stars through publicists, being offered food and drink (a bagel and a coke most times); feeling like a big shot scouring comps to conventions. But one can’t halt progress, even if one can imagine lots (lots and lots) of questions and cautions about it. Given my druthers, I’d be working hard right now on putting all the music I create out on individual albums (remember those?) but all I can hope for now is to download my songs onto some brittle and hastily-created website (yeah yeah, I’ll send you the link when I do).
The porn of yore, or at least the manner in which we watched it, ain’t coming back. So we march forward for our gagging blow jobs and D.P.’s. while remembering better times.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Private Pornography in the Third Reich

Who knew Hitler and the gang could be so much fun?

In Goliath Books’ new release: Private Pornography in the Third Reich, we get a 224-page book featuring 330 photographs of vintage Nazi naughtiness. Culled from the private collection of the book’s author Hans von Bockhain, here is a peek into what was really going on during the restrictive reign of one of history’s most notorious regimes.

I’m not a huge student of history but I do know enough that when rifling through this fantastically rich hardcover to notice the irony in such an inherent oppressive bunch managing to produce such material. But there is that oft-indicated dichotomy of how much naughty stuff one finds within the strictly religious, the seeming super moral, certainly restrictive-to-the-edge of self-flagellation folk This is why Chris are always championing a let-it-all-happen philosophy in what ones does (be it consenting and within lawful means) and why when you happen to open a book titled, Private Pornography in the Third Reich you might be as surprised as titillated by what you see.

I know I was.
Black and white pics all, with certainly some kinky overtones, this is a fun romp of a book to flip through. Feast your eyes on that which was done, pretty much as it has been done, for most of human existence...and by those wacky fellas and gals who dug that double SS on their armbands.

Starting in 1997 with publishing a UFO photo book, Goliath is based in Berlin and has been about giving the world "The Sexy, The Weird And The Extraordinary,” as they say, declaring that boredom is "the first cardinal sin." We couldn't agree more. Love or even hate something, at least you come away with a reaction, but being bored; we are with good people at Goliath, boredom sucks.

Private Pornography in the Third Reich, is not boring in the least and you can grab a copy here:

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Kim Slurpin’ In The Nude

Monica Sisavat, writing in Popsugar last week, penned an “Only Kim Kardashian Could Eat Ramen While Topless and Make It Look Sexy” piece, showing Kim doing just that. Staring out from the Instagram-account-heard-round the-world, Kim is sitting at a table, lifting a bowl of ramen to her mouth, obscuring her obviously ample bare breasts with her arms, leaning into slurp back a noddle. The pic was taken supposedly during the reality star’s recent trip to Tokyo. 
Here’s what first comes to my mind for me: 1.) Really, Kim, this is what you take pictures of? 2.) Really Popsugar, this is what you make stories from? 3.) Really, not all nudity is good nudity, as my buddy Bob is so fond of saying.

It’s not exactly that food and skin turns me off. Way back in the day Chris and I attended a YNOT convention in San Francisco (actually where we met) and I recall a suite-full of people watching and some partaking in, lifting a chopstick to pluck sushi off a comely naked model’s front; “Naked Sushi” this was called. I also know of, and have watched The Erotic Heritage Museum’s show “Baking Naked,” and enjoy the fine fun confectionary frolic of flower rising round warm and compliant skin. 

I really don’t know for me when food/cooking or eating mixed with nudity doesn’t work, but it does sometimes, just as much as it doesn’t others. This Kim Kardashian slurping ramen topless...sorry, it just doesn’t work for me, but I like Kim. I like her topless. I like her in a house, with a mouse and all of her well-proportioned green-eggs and-ham that I have seen break the net over and over. So it ain’t this lady’s giblets I abhor. It is, as with all things, at all times, with all aspects of human nature…context. And as with most things, it’s a completely subjective thing I can only describe as a ‘feeling,’ and nothing more, that makes me turn from Kim eating ramen noodles sans shirt and, sorry, not for me.

But have at your ramen or whatever you like, and be naked all you want Kim. Just be careful of the splash, sizzle and splatter, that shit can really hurt!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

THE SEX FILES: What I Did, (Not Exactly) On My Summer Vacation

Check out this WONDERFUL write up by Ralph on our very fun trip to Las Vegas and attending Sin In The City!

(from Short And Sweet NYC)

It rolled around just recently that my buddy, famous dirty scribe, kink class teacher M. Christian and I were invited, once again, to Sin in The City, in Las Vegas. Chris and I managed to teach at this convention three years ago, when it was held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, a mere week before it was torn down. (This is the casino that stands in as the “Tangiers” in the movie Casino). Way back when, we had a grand old time teaching our dirty writing class, a cupping class and one on alternate bondage. This year we came in to manage the writing class and alt. bondage again, with Chris also managing double duty as one of the judges of the conventions’ International PERSON of Leather Contest.

Last time I was in town for this particular convention, I met and interviewed Dr. Victoria Hartmann at the Erotic Heritage Museum (see here) which proved to be one of those serendipitous moments for me, as I have come now to not only work for the EHM but call Dr. V one of my friends. This trip, I managed to get down to the EHM once again, to ‘take a meeting,’ as well as see my friend Dr. V. Alas, I wished I had had the time beyond just this short weekend to hang more with her and her wonderful husband Rev. Phil, a major player in infamous World Naked Bike Ride, that happens around the world). But there is just so much time during a quick weekend jaunt.

The convention happened slightly off the strip (across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino) at the spacious and lovely Alexis Park All Suites Resort. It’s a very comfortable, multi-building, multi-pool space, each room a suite and very welcoming to the people who attend SITC. On these weekends you will catch most of the attendees in various forms of ‘interesting’ attire (sometimes out of it) and a hotel where one feels comfortable to dress how they want is most welcomed. In fact, I had occasion to speak briefly with someone manning the check-in desk and heard how the Sin-sters were a true delight to the hotel staff.

Time and again, I hear and see how kinksters really turn out to be the most polite and sweetest folks you might ever want to meet.

Chris and I availed ourselves of Lyft the best we could, seeing how that service and Uber has taken quite a bite out of the taxi business in town (and rightly so, with taxis being so pricey). I managed some gambling, the Willy Wonka slots pulling me in (yes, I am a big time gambler, I know) but mainly Chris and I walked the strip to see what there was to see…basically lots of people about on the Super Bowl weekend, a new observation Ferris Wheel and hotels and casinos pretty much crushing on top of one another on the strip.

Now, either, Chris and I are doing things right, or the bribes we pass around are finally reaching their intended targets (kidding about this last bit) but we received quite a few compliments over our two classes. At one point a very nice lady came up to congratulate us both about the writing class (this was the first class we had for the weekend) gave us a both a big hug each and said she’d be attending our second class to be sure…which she did. We saw plenty of people return in fact, even though that second class was 9am Sunday morning. Feedback like this, as much makes you feel like a rock star (with a little r) as it is really a good barometer for us that we are doing something right. Yes, these conventions always hand out pencils and report cards for the audience to rate teachers after each class, but Chris and I never see these results. A person taking the time to say hi to us in the lobby, give us a hug or after class stop up to our table and keep asking questions, means so so much to us.

And being the sociable animals (ok sluts) that we are, Chris and I love to gab with everybody.

I got lucky, through my connections at Vintage Rock (yeah sorry, I write for other sites than just S&SNYC here) to catch Styx and Don Felder at their residency at The Venetian Hotel. It was a two-hour greatest hits extravaganza of classic rockers showing off how well they can still do that which they have been doing for decades.

I can’t rightly say how the Sin In The City dungeon play spaces were as I did not step into any and Chris and I were in our beds by the latest eleven across the weekend (crazy Vegas parties/kinksters that we are) but we had a grand time and hope Sin will have us back. Mainly, and we never say this aloud to the people who have us to these conventions (so shhh, don’t tell anybody) but for Chris and I, he living in the San Francisco Bay Area and me in Northern N.J., the best part of being invited to these conventions is that Chris and I get to hang-out and see one another where we don’t get to do this all that often. Thanks Sin In The City 2018, it was another great time!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

We're Going To SIN IN THE CITY!

This is going to be a BLAST!  We're not only going to be attending and teaching for the upcoming Sin In The City (Las Vegas), February 2nd to the 4th, but M.Christian is a judge for their International Person Of Leather contest!

The schedule is still being worked out but we will be teaching our fan-favorite classes, Sex Sells: How To Write and Sell Erotica and Alternative Bondage: Beyond Rope And Restraints.

Info on Sin In The City is here - and below are the descriptions of the classes.  


Sex Sells: How To Write and Sell Erotica

The market for erotic fiction and nonfiction is booming! There actually is a secret to writing great erotica - and you'll discover just what that is in this fun, hands-on workshop with well-known erotica writers and teachers R.Greco and M.Christian. For the beginning writer, erotica can be the ideal place to begin writing, getting published, and - best of all - earning money. And for the experienced writer, erotica can be an excellent way to beef up your resume and hone your writing skills. M. Christian and R.Greco will review the varieties of personal and literary expression possible in this exciting and expanding field. He'll also teach you techniques for creating love and sex scenes that sizzle. Plus: current pay rates, how to write for a wide variety of erotic genres, where and how to submit your erotic writing, and more.

Alternative Bondage: Beyond Rope And Restraints

While immensely popular among beginning BDSM aficionados – as well as long-time players – restraining a person always carries with it the possibility of serious injury. But that doesn’t have to be: in this special class participants will not just learn how to use rope, restraints and many other traditional bondage devices and techniques effectively and safely but also that there is an entire universe of new and exciting ways of making someone stay put ... in a very erotic and sensual way.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beat Me In St. Louis (BMISL) was AMAZING!

To all the folks great behind, and attending, Beat Me In St. Louis (BMISL) we want to give an ernest and heartfelt THANK YOU: everything was a delight and beyond.  If you ever have the chance to attend you really should - hands-down this is our favorite event to teach for or just attend.

In a word:


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We're Going To Beat Me In St. Louis - AGAIN!

This is wonderful and then some!  The kinky act of one R. Greco and one M.Christian are pleased and proud to be coming (and then some) back for another year of wild classes and fun, fun, fun at the one-and-only Beat Me In St. Louis on March 24th to the 26th!

We'll be spreading the love of what we'll be teaching soon!