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If you’re interested in hearing my views on Kylie Jenner posing naked for Playboy, listen to a recent episode of “The Quicky”: “Why Would Billionaire Kylie Jenner Pose for Playboy?” At one point, the host asks me if doing so is empowering. It’s 2019. Are we still really questioning a woman’s right to use her assets as she sees fit?
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ForbesLife did a roundup of their most popular posts for 2018, which included my coverage of France’s first sex doll brothel. As of this writing, that post has 97,096 views. Here are a few thoughts on making content clickable.
People tend to write for themselves. In the click economy, that’s not so smart. You must consider your content as seen through the eyes of the readers. Readers suffer from the paradox of choice. Why should they click on your content instead of others’ content? If you think about topic and titles from their perspective, rather than your own, they’ll choose you.
Content doesn’t sit in a series of discreet buckets. It’s not binary. It’s fluid. Feature writing, copy writing, and long-form journalism pull from the same well to fill various vessels. Borrow and merge. Remix and redeliver. Stop being a snob about your words and care to be read.
The external real audience is just a projection of the audience inside your head. The critic, the fan, the artist, the voyeur, the flaneur. They’re in the world, but they’re in you, too. The path to finding your true self winds through them like trees, their boughs brushing as you pass.
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Yesterday, on the first day of Paul Manafort's bank and tax fraud trial, I wrote about the news that the man purportedly spent $15,000 on an ostrich leather jacket. I called a few of the stores that could have sold it to him, because I'm a journalist. Today, my ostrich leather investigative journalism was recognized by the Washington Post. Next stop: Pulitzer? Perhaps.
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The other day, my friend Vickie Pynchon and I went to the Annenberg Space for Photography, where we were delighted to find StoryCorps had set up a converted Airstream trailer in which visitors were invited to record their stories. Vickie interviewed me about my 20-plus years writing about the adult movie industry: "Interview with Porn Journalist." That interview is now archived at the Library of Congress.
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My ongoing admiration for Merriam-Webster's approach to social media continues, and I was delighted to find that I got quoted on the website again. This time is extra special because the word is "exertion" and the quote is from my recent story on virtual reality porn for The Atlantic: "Porn's Uncanny Valley." Read this blog post if you want to hear about my previous relations with this fine dictionary, which includes the use of the word pique and an ode to gaslighting.
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Not long ago, I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Ken Reid, host of "TV Guidance Counselor," a podcast in which he interviews people about a copy of TV Guide. I picked the issue from Ken's collection that featured the ladies of "Charlie's Angels" on the cover from 1976. You can listen to the episode here or here. We talked about Farrah Fawcett, the presidential possible pee tape, and what it's like when a lot of kids are watching TV alone, but kind of together.
Here's what we discussed:
Ken and Susannah discuss being tall, Berklee, the odd isolation of neighborhoods, being anti-establishment, intellectualism, Charlie’s Angels, hair goals, Farrah Fawcett, Jaqueline Smith, The Shazam Isis Hour, the original Saturday Night Live Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Dolly Parton’s sisters, brunette as protest, The Jeffersons, Holmes and Yo-Yo, having four Real Dolls, how empathy can motivate you to do odd things, sex contracts, 20 years of covering the adult entertainment business, big budget pornography on Entertainment Tonight, sex robots, being a latch key kid, The 3:30 Movie, made for TV horror flicks, being on panel shows, Politically Incorrect, stand up comedy, being a control freak, The Post Feminist Playground, Jenna Jameson, The Mitchell Brothers, Roberta Findley, the false safety of parody, Star Trek, being in love with William Shatner, racist nerds, the varied experience exposure of television, Black Mirror, old man talk, hating progress, virtual reality, eXistenz, Little House on the Prairie, the horrifying mime episode, Monroe’s assault on Too Close for Comfort, Johnny Cash, Variety Shows, Cherry 2000, Happy Days, Lavern and Shirley, Jackie Brown, The Golden Age, the long slow death of physical media, sad warehouses, looking for humanity, obscenity trials, the hunt for the most extreme, the President and the Porn Star, Japanese weirdness, pee pee tapes, connections made to be broken vs lack of connection made to be made, why Ken would never have Donald Trump on the show, being fueled by spite, what the hell the point of TV Guidance Counselor is, being sad to find out how lonely you were as a kid, but feeling happy when you realize you were alone together with a lot of other kids.
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In January, I'll be on "TV Guidance Counselor," a very cool and beloved podcast from the mind of Ken Reid, in which Ken and "his guests explore the tough television watching decisions of our past." You can read more about the podcast here. I'll update on this blog when there's an air date so you can listen to it online.
BBC Radio 5 Live had me on yesterday to talk about the social media controversy in the wake of the death of Hugh Hefner. On social media sites, feminists celebrated the demise of a man they asserted turned women into objects while others (like me) celebrated the life of a man who'd helped pioneer the sexual revolution and was a longtime champion of freedom of speech. The debate starts at the 1 hour 22 minute mark here.
I'm excited to report that I've got a short piece coming up as part of the Illicit Objects project.
Keep an eye on that page for my forthcoming work.
PROJECT:OBJECT is a sequel to the much-discussed quasi-anthropological SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS experiment conducted in 2009–2010 by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker, culminating in a book lavishly published by Fantagraphics in 2012. PROJECT:OBJECT will publish 100 original nonfiction stories about objects in 2017 — right here on HILOBROW — in quarterly “volumes” inspired by distinct themes. This new endeavor further extends Rob and Josh’s pioneering exploration of narrative, objects, and meaning into the realm of (often unexpected) personal significance.
On yesterday's episode of "The Dennis Prager Show," Prager spent the entire show discussing my Forbes post on Wonder Woman's armpit hair.
It looks like you can only hear it now if you're a subscriber, but maybe you are.
"In an opinion piece in Forbes, a writer complains that Wonder Woman doesn’t shave her arm pits. Are women demeaning themselves by making themselves more attractive to men?"
I did a short interview tonight with BBC Radio 5 Live. I believe it will be archived here.
We discussed my recent post on my Forbes.com blog: "Playboy Is Naked Again and It Is Awesome."
Years ago, I visited a Playboy shoot. As I watched, a naked young woman lolled about on the bed, smooshing her boobs together with her arms and pointing her toes like a retro pinup from a bygone era. Today, Hef is 90, and the new Playboy is decidedly contemporary. The cover features March Playmate Elizabeth Elam looking natural, the cover headline reads "Naked Is Normal," and the Playboy Interview isn't with a modern-day Norman Mailer but Scarlett Johansson, the top-grossing actor of 2016, who pulled in $1.2 billion in global ticket sales. The other nude layouts throughout the magazine are somewhere between classy and, well, sweet. Gone is the greased up and surgically enhanced Playmate of yesteryear. This is the 21st century feminist next door.
In a post about freelancing and writing for free, Poynter quoted a Forbes post I wrote awhile back about freelance writing.
“These days, it’s not enough to be a good writer online,” notes Breslin in a Forbes post. “You have to be a smart marketer, your own content factory, your own publicist. If you can do it all, you are golden. If you cannot, you are screwed.”
Thanks to Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory for including me in "The Year in Sex Writing." She gave a nod to "For Women in Porn, the Personal Is Political and Profitable." I wrote the piece for my Forbes blog after a trip to the porn awards in January.
"'I’m not entirely comfortable with the label ‘feminist porn,' Stormy announces mid-discussion. 'What does my vagina have to do with it?' she asks the crowd rhetorically. 'Why can’t I just be a great director?'"
"But trigger warnings have come in for criticism and mockery even on the left. Jarvie concludes her piece with this sensible observation: 'Bending the world to accommodate our personal frailties does not help us overcome them.' She reports that the feminist website Jezebel, 'which does not issue trigger warnings, raised hackles in August by using the term as a headline joke: "It's Time To Talk About Bug Infestations [TRIGGER WARNING]."' And Susannah Breslin provoked outrage in 2010 when she 'wrote in True/Slant that feminists were applying the term "like a Southern cook applies Pam cooking spray to an overused nonstick frying pan."'" -- WSJ
"As the term grew increasingly ubiquitous online, it also began to acquire critics. In 2010, writer Susannah Breslin wrote that feminists applied the phrase 'like a Southern cook applies Pam cooking spray to an overused nonstick frying pan' and that 'the whole world is a trigger warning,' to which Feministing responded that she was a 'certifiable asshole,' and Jezebel, a site that has never used trigger warnings, claimed that the debate over the term 'been totally clouded by ridiculous inflammatory rhetoric.'" -- How the Trigger Warning Took Over the Internet