Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'M Back and NINA HARTLEY INTERVIEW

Yup. I'm back from 12 days at Tassajara. As soon as I get a minute I'm gonna write down some of my thoughts on Tassajara specifically as well as monastic practice in the modern world in general. Hopefully I won't offend all the very wonderful friends I made up there in Carmel Valley as well as in the Bay Area. My general impression of Tassajara is that I love, love, love the place. But my love isn't unconditional.

Anyway, more about that when I have time to write coherently.

I hope you've all gone over and read my interview with porn superstar and Zen Buddhist Nina Hartley on Suicide Girls. Like all the stuff I write for Suicide Girls, you can look at this without joining the site and without any danger of accidentally seeing naked titties. This represents about half of the actual interview I conducted and I'm hoping the publish the full version elsewhere. Stay tuned.

Those of you in North Carolina and its environs, check out the link in the post below this one for info on the retreat I'll be leading next week at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center. And cheeseheads in Milwaukee take note I'll be in your neighborhood in mid-May. The info is also in the post below.

Rock on.

31 comments:

mysteriondan said...

she is interesting..

Mysterion said...

Nina Hartley sed: Really, it’s the culture keeping them [men and women] equally ignorant and then saying, “Go off and get married!”

This statement is worth reflecting upon for more than a moment.

Anonymous said...

"I wish I could be a masturbatory object." lol

Steve said...

So when I found out you were coming to Southern Dharma Retreat Center I was hoping to attend, as it is only about 3 hours from me. But alas! My band booked a gig on the 25.

I guess I'll practice mindful guitar solos that weekend, then, instead.

Maybe I'll catch you next time.

Blake said...

Wow... great interview. Reminds me of some conversations I've had...

grisom said...

That was an amazing interview! Nina seems like a really cool person.

Fave quote:
"Guys are fun! And I found out that the more nudity there is, the better-behaved men are. Absent beer. [...] It’s like, if you do this, the naked tits will stay. OK. I can do that! Men are very rule oriented. What are the rules for naked boobs being in the room? I’ll follow those rules."

Anonymous said...

This is one of the best reads on sexuality I ever read.
As one comment said: She is a goddess in a sense. And I agree.
I am not sure if she actually needed and interviewer though :)

Anonymous said...

Brad, If you ever decide to open your own zen center (preferably up here in SF area...) I will be one of your first member who comes running!
Thanks for your input into the teachings of ...of..well finding truth.

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Anonymous said...

mysterion, are you a mason?

Brandon said...

I really dig your interviewing style.

Great interview. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it and hearing about your retreat. :-)

Moon Face Buddha said...

Welcome back Brad.

Moon Face Buddha said...

"Since she was openly bisexual and not just performing her girl-on-girl scenes for the cash, she had a far greater female following than most porn stars."

I'm not sure how accurate this statement is. Surely the reason that Nina + female X were getting jiggy was because of the cash.

Mike Doe said...

Brad,

that was an informative interview.

Is there any chance you and Nina could do a collaboration DVD box-set?

I think it could be called something like "Hardcore AND Zen" and you and Nina could showcase some of your best work

It could open up a whole new market...

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The LONe Ranger said...

Some have sex with their eyes open.
Some have sex with their eyes closed.

gayla said...

The geometrician 'Ancient of Days' watercolor is, of course Blake.

See also "Annihilate the Self-hood of Deceit" by Blake.

Rich said...

CDC report for 2007:
In the same year, HIV infection was the 5th leading cause of death among all women aged 35–44 years and the 6th leading cause of death among all women aged 25–34 years. The only diseases causing more deaths of women were cancer and heart disease [2].


the reason I post the above info is because Nina has received thousands of instances of body fluids so her lifstyle raises the risks of HIV/STD infection. I'm aware porn performers do testing but I believe the current tests do not find HIV unless it is in the body for 6 months or more. I would be interested how Nina has dealt with these issues and what impact it has had on her career.

Anonymous said...

Karen Dior (February 14, 1967 – August 25, 2004), born Geoffrey Gann, was an adult film performer and director. Dior was a transvestite, and when not performing as Karen Dior in films or in personal appearances, identified as a male. As Karen, however, Dior performed in approximately 120 adult films.

A favorite among Hollywood celebrities, Dior knew such stars as Drew Barrymore, Gerardo, K.D. Lang, Janet Leigh, John Candy, Madonna, Hugh Hefner, David Faustino, and others.

Dior died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, of complications from AIDS. SOURCE

Anonymous said...

hey mysterion, is any of this true?

This page is translated from the Portuguese.

RRD said...

...Some of you know a great deal more about Freemasonry than I do, and I am not here to say anything against it, because I do not know anything to say, and I do not know as I would say it if I did know it. The Lord did not send me to preach against Masonry..."
Pastor Russell - Question 317:2 (1910)

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Smoggyrob said...

Hey Brad:

Welcome home. I can't tell if you're a great interviewer who can bring out his interviewees with just a few words, or a guy with a tape recorder. Either way, nice job, it was a very interesting interview.

Rob

nobody said...

An excellent interview with a fascinating, insightful, inspiring woman. I agree with so much of what she has to say. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

How about keeping your Love thought to ones self.
" No truth in words" We at Tassajara could care less about your thoughts so write you fuckin ass off. Shit love.

I notice that John Loori is selling your book at his book store. The man shows love.

Anonymous said...

"This is one of the best reads on sexuality I ever read."
Ditto. It's straight to the heart of it's truth and it helped me realize I had a silly preconception that all porn stars are unarticulate and far from intelligent.

Anonymous said...

Also enjoyed your interview.

But what about Tassajara?

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