Interview: Slutever's Karley Sciortino Talks Art, Blogging, And Sex

Interview: Slutever's Karley Sciortino Talks Art, Blogging, And SexPhotography by Sandy Kim.

Can you talk about the satire in the show? In the beginning of each episode, it seems like you’re satirizing Sex and the City. Slowly you make your way into the humanity of the people you’re interviewing, but there’s a humorously tongue-in-cheek way you get there.
At a certain point, you have to be able to laugh at yourself, too. It doesn’t have to be so serious. Like in one of the more recent episodes with Sissy Sarah, he has a sense of humor, and he realizes he’s a little bit ridiculous. Even if it might seem like we’re poking fun, they’re laughing at themselves, too. It’s sincere, but in a way where they’re self-aware.

 

I like Bruce LaBruce. I love how his attitude is like, 'Yeah, I’m gonna make porn, I don’t care.'

 

Do you feel that shows like Sex and the City mislead people in terms of sex?
I think it’s a mix. Sex and the City is a show that I really love, respect, and have seen every episode of four times, but it’s not an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to live in New York. Their sex lives are so pathetic, you know? They’re all really sexually boring and desperate. I thought satirizing the show in the intro was a good launchpad, because we simplify the concept, saying, “Sex is so confusing,” which makes it more relatable. I’m a girl in New York, too, obviously, but I’m taking a different approach to the subject. 

What’s the future of the show?
We just got approved to do a second season, so there will be eight more episodes at least.

Do you ever want to centralize the various work you do, or do you like to be involved with different magazines and mediums at all times?
I’m definitely streamlining my work a little bit towards my specific interests. I like the idea of making short films. Purple really inspired me to do it. I’m making a show with my friend right now for Channel 4 in England. The first one aired, but we’re making the second one ten minutes long and filming it in L.A., which is cool. It makes it feel real. I like the journalism aspect that I’ve always had, but I’ve been doing it for so long already.

I’m trying to write a book, too. It’s kind of a novel, but it’s based realistically on my life in London and moving here. I write from about midnight to 5 a.m.

Would you ever make a full-length film?
Yeah, I really want to do more. I like doing both film and writing, because writing is such a solitary experience, and film allows me to work with other people. The central part of the blog will always be the writing, and it’s going to stay that way. 

If you could have anyone read the blog, alive or dead, who would it be?
Have you heard of Dennis Cooper? When I first started the blog, the editor of Vice in the U.K. told me he thought I had based my blog on Dennis' writing, but I had no idea who he was. He’s a writer and an essayist, and a lot of his work talks about obsession. He updates a blog daily called The Weaklings, and it’s really, really good. He’s someone I really admire, and I’d love it if he read the blog. 

What fine artists or musicians are you into?
My friend Blood Orange is a musician; he’s one of the characters on my blog. He scored all the Purple films. I just think his music is the greatest music ever made, not even just because he’s my friend. I’m so in awe of how talented he is. I love Matthew Stone’s work, he’s my friend, and he’s one of the people I used to squat with in London. Aurel Schmidt is super sexy and talented. I love Nan Goldin’s photography, especially her photos of couples that can be both sexy and sad at the same time. I like Bruce LaBruce. I love how his attitude is like, “Yeah, I’m gonna make porn, I don’t care.”

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