Unlikely 2.0

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Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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An Interview with Oasis
by Gabriel Ricard

Amateur porn, at its most basic, is not that difficult to understand. In fact, you can pretty much figure out what that entails from the two words alone.

And anyway, we're not here to get into that.

What brings us here, or, at least, what brings me here, is the question of its massive appeal, rivaling anything the big corporations came come up with. Porn is entertainment, a multi-billion dollar empire, and entertainment, at the simplest definition, is an exercise is escapism. So, why would people want to spend their time/money on the sort of men and women they probably see everyday?

Personally, it's something that's interested me for a while. The only theory I can come up with is that people dig it for the same reason they go for reality television. And since that's only a theory, and a pretty weak one at that, I decided my best bet was to seek out someone in the business.

With her website, cum2oasis.com, nearing its tenth year of existence, amateur porn veteran Oasis seemed to be the best opportunity.

Oasis will probably not hit the cover of Playboy anytime soon. She is not going to be mistaken for an airbrushed supermodel with huge, fake breasts. There's no real shame in that, and she knows it. The web site itself is not terribly complicated and has very rarely strayed from the format it has held onto since its inception. Oasis has sex with people and captures it with a video and still photography.

Sometimes, it's just her.

And that's about it. There's no real gimmick to sell the site (as opposed to a number of other successful amateur porn sites). And yet, it has remained in business longer than virtually any other site in the field, and continues to draw in new members regularly.

I suppose it was inevitable that I would approach her for an interview.