Christian Connor

"What is an artist? For every thousand people there's nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky bastard who's the artist."


Milla Jovovich ♡

Beyond my anxiety, beyond this writing,
the universe waits, inexhaustible, inviting.
Jorge Luis Borges (via fuckyeahjorgeluisborges)
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.
Plato (via moontravelers)


"Magnificent Excess" Gemma Ward photographed by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Italia 2005


I stumbled onto some old poetry of mine. 

I’ll be explaining what my Mission Statement is.

There’s been a bit of talk about the possibility of plot in porn. The reason is because I’m writing a novel which is very much pornography - explicit and focused on titillating the Reader.

But I always want it to be sex-positive, feminist, mature, literary and well-written.

I want it to avoid charmless coquetry. It can’t have the erotic equivalent of the bildungsroman. It can be subsumed under a romantic story. It must be pornography - not a story with sex.

Explaining this not only puts my current literary obsessions into context but serves as a reminder to myself.




1. sexual desire; lust.

2. ardent, usually sensuous, longing.

In typical porn, the story is compressed and Act 3 occupies the substantial space. The Dramatic Question is simple: will they fuck?

In literary porn, this is rarely the question. There are other things going on, other progressions. The Story of O, e.g., is more concerned with O’s existential state. The Story of the Eye is about where Simone is taking her specific fetish. In these, sexual activity becomes a metaphor or cipher; it’s a means to an end.

In Fifty Shades of Grey, the sex is also a means, for Ana to realise her romantic interests.

But this isn’t good. It’s subjugating eroticism under romance. Erotic excess is only justifiable within that frame or for that goal. Sex becomes work (contra Bataille). The unfettered enjoyment of sex as sex is diminished - not the point of porn at all!

But if the pornographic novel (like Concupiscence) is resolutely focused on unfettered eroticism with no other aspects (work, family, religion, politics), where else can it go? If there is no denial of sex and all is reduced to that single relationship between erotic collaborators, what other Dramatic Question can surface?

It’s a risk. Do we avoid the Dramatic Question altogether? Do we lose the hook for the reader and maybe their engagement?

Or do we pick one that’s too trite, too normative, and potentially turn the pornographic novel into a romance-with-sex?

That would be very much Betraying The Mission Statement!

Reading about the three-act structure and whether it can be meaningfully mapped into the pornographic work…

Eg: attraction, sex, climax.

But act 2 is all about the reversal, the struggle, the thwarted journey. E.g.: attraction, repulsion, consummation. That’s the rom-com version.

Rather than the up-and-down of the story, pornography is a constant progression - with no reversal or conflict.

More: The Dramatic Question is a desire either of the protagonists or the reader. It launches the action. Its denial is the trigger for the thwarted journey of Act 2. But then how can pornography ever have an Act 2? Pornography is about gratification. It never has obstacles to surmount because desires must be satisfied immediately after their expression.

Act 1 goes straight to Act 3. Thereby porn gets its fantastical power and loses its narrative weight.