I spoke with Ashley West, the man behind the Rialto Report (Editor’s Note: This website contains graphic images).
The birth of modern porn has been chronically under-served by chroniclers so far.
As a result, history has been entrusted to self-important academics whose principal talent is to suck all life out of a subject, or the sex media whose mission is to sell more product by titillation, or well-meaning fans who believe that every film is an undiscovered classic, or the mainstream media who have a monotonous need to find a narrative of abuse.
We wanted to give a voice to the original pioneers, the cowboys of the industry back when it was the Wild West, and ask them the obvious questions: Why did you do it? What was it like? And what effect has it had on the rest of your life?
The fact that most of the people we speak to are now in the autumn of their lives adds a huge amount of poignancy, pathos and value to their perspectives.… Read the rest