Heavy Traffic at XBiz360

A sleek, informative, and convivial adult business conference with an accompanying awards ceremony, January’s XBiz360 conference was also a subtle battleground of ideas the adult industry is chewing on, from Content vs. Traffic to Free vs. Pay to Old vs. New. The conference underscored the lingering division between Content and Traffic in the porn business,…

Free love Saturday night with Victoria Woodhull

Nina Hartley, Carol Queen, and Lamalani, International Ms. Leather 2009, will grace a fundraiser Saturday night for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. This is the first L.A. event for the Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, said spokesman Jim Rea, and he encourages members of the…

Porn Crossover WatchTM: Lindsey Lohan

Hi. If you’re like me, you find the term “mainstream crossover” inadequate to describe a porn performer’s fame. You also think that mainstream success, if it is defined by participation on a VH-1 reality show or the like, is not actually success because the money from one anal scene trumps a season’s worth of non-union…

Japanese porn awards honor Kirara Asuka, prayer

Anyone who has ever attended an adult awards show knows that there is no possible way for them to be improved. When one looks up “perfection” in the dictionary, one is greeted with an image of Max Hardcore’s dates to the AVN Awards. But that’s not a Japanese dictionary. Because the Land of the Rising…

Same time last year: Eight Is Not Enough Edition

Notable events this week: Now that Vivid has become vulgar, I wonder if Max Hardcore is going to start directing tender jailhouse features with character development and feelings? You know a movie is classy when they even hire extras to pick up Riley Steele’s towels Ryder Skye can lift her own weight Sadie West picks…

Filling the holes with Eric Swiss

Eric Swiss is fast becoming the Yaphet Kotto of the porn world. This does not mean he is chunky, black, and the grandson of the Crown Prince of Cameroon (thus making the analogy awkward) but instead that he appears prominently in a lot of movies and is not yet a big star. Calling Swiss articulate…

Same time last year: Incest and Peppermints edition

Notable events this week: XBiz commissioned a firm to create the glossy State of the Industry: Researched And Revealed! pamphlet which also makes projections of the shape of things to come. Chapters deal with the problems posed by free content online, the dwindling DVD market, and the schism in the industry about what defines a…

We’re all Max Hardcore when we drink

Max Hardcore will report to California’s Lompoc Penitentiary in eight days, finally convicted of obscenity. You don’t have to like what Hardcore does to find this ridiculous. That Hardcore has detractors in the Department of Justice is clear, but he also has a number of them in the adult industry, who draw a line between…

Account of a Visit from Federal Agents

was the night before Christmas, and I was forlorn Ne’r a vibrator whirring in the Valley of Porn; The studios closed reluctantly down, For fear that girls’ parents had flown into town; The day so beloved of all Christian saints, Found trannys’ surprises tucked under their taints, And I in my tube socks, and you…

Anastasia Blue, 1980-2008

Porn star Anastasia Blue, 28, who stopped performing several years ago to settle down in Bremerton, Washington, has died. Blue, to whom a tribute was printed by her husband in Washington’s Kitsap Sun here (under her real name), died on July 19. In April of last year I was sent a re-released copy of Max…

AVN Awards 2008: Reliving the dream

The AVN Awards show gets bigger every year, and this January the event was covered by Showtime, which is getting chummier and chummier with the adult industry and which recently broadcast the event. Here are some images from the show. “You’re one of those people I want to rescue,” Dave Navarro said to Joanna Angel.…

Max Hardcore’s bumper sticker for a car I won’t drive

Other than chlamydia, my favorite piece of swag from January’s AVN convention is this Max Hardcore bumpersticker. Why do I bother writing about it two months later, you ask? Because I believe my car would be blown up if I stuck this to it, and I have no idea what to do with it otherwise.…