18 November 2004

Lessons learned in Connecticut

I don't have cable right now and this is not always a bad thing. Okay, Law & Order isn't on as often, but I get by. Largely, of course, by pretty much never being home, which means that it doesn't matter what I can't see on tv.

But when Ira and I were visiting Linda in Connecticut we had access to her cable and we found the best show on HBO: Pornucopia. We loved it. We even watched it a second time when we found it again the next night. The best part about Pornucopia is how very earnest AFI (Adult Film Industry, of course) people are when discussing their craft. And the earnestness combined with the giggling that punctuates their conversation is vastly amusing, especially when intercut with clips from their latest efforts.

Highlights from Pornucopia include:

* A director outlining a scene by telling his actors that they would start with some kissing, then there'd be some oral on Steve, and then ... uh.... "Then we'll do it," suggested the actress happily.

* A young lady explaining that she started doing porn for the money because she had a lot of legal bills because she got caught bringing 100 pounds of pot in from Mexico. But, she assured us, she learned the lesson: Don't break the law. Laws are not for breaking.

* Jenna Haze - see, now I know the names of AFI actors - telling us that she was warned not to get a boyfriend because it would hurt her career (cut to a recent example of her art) (cut to another AFI person confirming that it would defintely affect her money). But she's not in the industry forever, after all, so she got a boyfriend (a cameraman) and - because she's a moral person and thinks cheating is wrong - now she only does women. One time when her boyfriend was shooting a scene where she was doing a guy, she caught her boyfriend's eye and, well, it was just weird. So her new rule is: "Men are for relationships, women are for fucking."

And from the Porn Oscars (I forget who sponsors them, some magazine or newspaper or something), an actress receiving an award was very grateful for the recognition, saying "I never thought I'd get an award for fucking."

Never in my whole life have I heard the word "fuck" so used often when only used as a verb. It was never used as an adjective, an intensifier, an exclamation -- none of that. It got used every couple of minutes and only as a verb.

Broadcast tv now seems so -- so --, I don't know.

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