Category: Interviews

Subjects of Desire: The Beautiful Myth of Angela White

Most of my interviews don’t delve into debates about the erotic nature of naked men wearing lampshades over their faces. Then again, most of my interview subjects are not creative enough to search for meaning in the bizarre. Angela White is that exception. We sit across from each other at a bar, tucked away in…




The Economics of Evil: An Interview with John Stagliano

John Stagliano is equal parts artist and economist. This unique blend provided the foundation of his Evil Angel empire. For the first six years of his career as a pornographic director in the mid-1980s, Stagliano produced films for companies who often didn’t even bother to list his name on the box cover. While this upset…




The Bankability of Briana

The story of Briana Banks tells the history of porn in the 21st Century. In 1999, Briana was struggling to provide for herself – and her sister – when she answered a classified ad for an adult modeling gig that paid “$1,000 a day.” Banks had done some modeling in her younger years, even gracing the…




Hard Focus: Jonni Darkko

LOS ANGELES — Photography is the art of capturing a story in a single frame. The discipline puts an emphasis on economy, on enhancing natural beauty and distilling a subject to its essence. This focus is what Jonni Darkko brings to porn. He edits out scripts and storylines, concentrating on the act. He casts seasoned…




Through the Valley of the Shadow of Porn

Burn My Shadow opens in the back of a bukakke line, amid unanimous souls stripped down and wading through the scum of other men’s spilt fantasies. This is where “Tyler Knight” was born. Jobless and homeless, he spent his nights lost in mass transit, on buses and trains circling Los Angeles. Hitting the end of the line,…




Mason X

Pornography reveals the concealed. It revels in what happens behind closed doors, in the dark recesses of fantasies. The only thing that remains hidden in porn is the work that goes into creating it, and by extension, its creators. As such, much of what we know about the enigmatic director, Mason, comes from reflecting on…




The Kayden Kross Word Puzzle

There’s only so many ways you can field questions about your vagina before irritation sets in. By the time we met at the close of the AEE convention in Las Vegas, Kayden Kross and I had both been doing interviews about porn for days. This is not to say that her vagina was beyond my…




Penthouse

Size Advantage: How Kelly Shibari Became the First Plus-size Penthouse Model

At 43, Kelly Shibari has become the first plus-size model featured in Penthouse Magazine. This was no accident, the result of superior genetics, nor a deliberate effort by the adult industry to promote a broader spectrum of beauty. This nontraditional performer earned such a prominent place in porn for one primary reason: Kelly Shibari is undeniable. In…




The Wolf of Porn Valley

Pornos are bawdy fairytales for the modern world. These lewd folktales use real sex to portray fantasies. As such, porn inhabits a peculiar space between truth and fiction. This twilight realm provides the setting for the second novel by Christopher Zeischegg (AKA retired porn performer Danny Wylde): The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space….




Pornographers in the Mist

[Read the original version of this interview at the x-rated, fleshbot.com] Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals is like the Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey of pornography; this sociologist at large has spent a decade embedded in the adult industry in attempt to unravel the mysteries of this elusive, cultural colossus. Although porn is easier to access than ever, the…