Beaver Street Interviews & Readings
The Beautiful Kind
This is an excerpt from my interview with Kendra Holliday, editor of The Beautiful Kind, conducted at Shameless Grounds, a sex-positive coffeehouse in St. Louis. I’d gone there in April to begin a promotional tour for the U.S. edition of Beaver Street. In this clip, I explain my so-called “experiment in participatory journalism”—posing for an X-rated photo shoot to gain insight into the mind of a porn star.
Another excerpt from my interview with Kendra Holliday, editor of of The Beautiful Kind, conducted at Shameless Grounds. In this clip, I discuss my working relationship with porn legend Annie Sprinkle, who was a columnist for Stag magazine in the 1980s. Click here to watch the complete interview.
Bloomsday on Beaver Street
On June 16, 2012, Bloomsday, at the Killarney Rose on Beaver Street in New York City, I held the launch party for Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography. Actor and writer Byron Nilsson presided over the proceedings. In this clip, he introduces the themes that were celebrated on that memorable night: pornography, James Joyce, Ulysses, Watergate, Deep Throat, and Father’s Day.
This is my complete reading of the so-called “dirty part” from the chapter titled “The Accidental Porn Star” at Bloomsday on Beaver Street at the Killarney Rose, in New York City, on June 16, 2012.
Subway Vigilante Bernhard Goetz is introduced by Byron Nilsson and delivers a surreal non-performance at Bloomsday on Beaver Street.
The Erotic Review
In this five-part film, Kate Copstick and Jamie Maclean from Erotic Review magazine interview me about the impact on the porn business of cruder tastes, cheap technology and freely available online videos.
1. Porn Is No Longer About Sex
The shift in popular preference to record-breaking feats of extreme perversion, and how other adult niches are likely to be affected.
2. Reporting on Porn from First-Hand Experience
Robert Rosen recalls his initial experiences in adult entertainment, on both sides of the cameras.
3. The Rise of the Citizen Pornographer
Robert Rosen discusses the declining prospects of adult video as a business.
4. Does It Take More Than a Camcorder to Be a Porn Director?
The impact of online video streaming on the adult film industry.
5. An Investigative Memoir about Adult Entertainment
Author Robert Rosen considers the style of Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography.
Rew & Who?
On December 7, 2011, the 31st anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I was invited on Rew & Who?, an Internet TV show, to discuss my Lennon bio, Nowhere Man. At the 2:20 mark in this segment of the interview, the conversation turns to Beaver Street, and later to the book I’m currently working on, Bobby in Naziland.
The Sleazoid Podcast
These are the trailers for parts 1 and 2 of my Beaver Street interview on the Sleazoid Podcast, a show out of Nashville, Tennessee. The host, Mike Ashcraft, is a filmmaker who treats each podcast as if it’s a movie. To listen to the interview, click here and here.
Part 1: I discuss everything from my days as the editor of a radical student newspaper at the City College of New York, at a time when the energy of the anti-war movement was giving way to an emerging punk sensibility, to my tenure as an editor at Swank Publications during Porn’s Golden Age.
Part 2: I talk about the Traci Lords scandal and my efforts to take journalism to a place it had never been before by posing for a porn shoot.
Talk Story TV
Robert Rosen chats with Julia Widdop about Beaver Street.
Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street
In Beaver Street, I write about my officemate at Swank Publications, who’s both the managing editor of For Adults Only magazine and a professional actor who specializes in playing Nazis. (He’s perhaps best known as The Weeping Nazi in the premiere episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.) In the book I call him “Henry Dorfman.” Since Beaver Street was published, however, he's not only given me permission to use his real name—Paul Slimak—but has done a series of promotional videos for the book playing his favorite character, renegade Nazi Erich von Pauli. Also featured in these videos is Paul's wife, Agnes Herrmann.
Be sure to check out some of Paul's other films. He plays the Priest in Cookie and Jay, a john in Working Girls. Agnes has most recently appeared in The Road, as Archer’s Woman. This year, look for both of them in Boot Tracks, starring Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan.
Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode One
Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode Two. Featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell.
Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode Three. Featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell.
Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode Four. Featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell and Kevin S. Foster as Captain Derek Lancashire.
Nowhere Man Interviews
Rew & Who?
On December 7, 2011, the 31st anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I talked about and read from my Lennon bio, Nowhere Man, on the Rew & Who Internet TV show.