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Savanna Samson — her real name is Natalie Oliveros — is a porn star, and a noted one at that… She is the star of 25 sexually explicit films, a two-time winner of the Adult Video News Award for best actress, and her work with Jenna Jameson in “The New Devil in Miss Jones,” a remake of a classic, won last year’s award for the best all-girl sex scene.

But Ms. Oliveros is also an aspiring winemaker. Her first production, a 2004 vintage of an Italian red wine that she calls Sogno Uno (Dream One), makes its debut this week at wine stores and restaurants in Manhattan.

After tasting a young bottle of Sogno Uno at a Paris bistro last fall, wine expert Robert M. Parker gave Ms. Oliveros’s wine a rating of 90 to 91 or outstanding, a judgment that quickly became the talk of the wine world.

“It’s a very fine wine — awfully good,” Mr. Parker said by telephone. “It was really opulent and luscious and it had a personality.”

Warren St. John write about a porn-star-turned-vintner in the New York Times Styles section last Sunday.

Would you let this woman fill your cup?

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Sleeping with people in your posse, coterie, band or book club is convenient. You already know them. You trust them (at least you’d like to trust them). Trust is key to having a positive sexual experience. When you’re broken-hearted, waking up next to a familiar face is a dose of comfort … Maury and Montel would lose 80 percent of their topics if people weren’t turned on by the danger of sleeping with their best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The same mentality may explain why women prefer the cock of their chosen flock, and why a guy can’t seem to stop fantasizing about scoring his football buddy’s girlfriend or the possibility of his two bisexual female roommates getting it on.

Andrea Lavinthal, co-author of The Hookup Handbook, says, “NYC is so big it feels safer and more comfortable to stick to hooking up with people in your own circle. That eliminates the ‘scary random’ factor and makes it less risky.” Wayne Parillo, co-director of the NY indie film What Men Talk About, which examines why guys can still be friends after a liaison, has a slightly different take. “Moving outside your small clique is super scary because you might find that others don’t find you nearly as interesting as your friends do.” Evan sums it up as, “You know your friends don’t have AIDS, or aren’t nutcases, stalkers or slashers.”

The Libertine explains the attraction of sleeping with friends in the New York Press.

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“I met him on OKcupid, the online dating service,” says Kim, a science grad student at Columbia, referring to a date she went on recently. “So I figured he’d be sorta shy. We met downtown, and one of the first things he said to me was, ‘Oh, those look like comfortable shoes.’ It wasn’t nasty – like, he didn’t say my shoes were ugly-but he noted that I was wearing sneakers not shoes, and it totally bothered me the whole night.” Kim went home with him.

Nick Sylvester writes about the NY dating scene in a world changed by The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, the best-selling book written by former NYPress, Village Voice and NYTimes music critic Neil Strauss. Village Voice, March 7.
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

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“Perhaps truth is making a comeback. It would seem anachronistic that at a moment when dishonesty pervades all levels of government, when news reporting must detour through “spin alley,” when fringe religious theories masquerade as science, that the public would place a high premium on truth in literature. Yet, open the Arts section of the New York Times any time in recent months, and one can read numerous stories about the unmasking of literary hoaxes, most notably the “outing” of authors James Frey and JT LeRoy. While Oprah Winfrey has had the opportunity to accuse Frey on national TV, proclaiming that she feels “duped and betrayed,” the rest of us are left with lingering questions: why do we find ourselves lately so beguiled by literary fakery? Are all frauds equal? Most importantly, what allows hoaxes to flourish, and what, if any, social purpose do they serve?”

Noam Biale contributes an OpEd on Fakery to The L Magazine.

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All four of these stories were published in New York media over the past week. Two of them were cover stories. One of them has subsequently been pulled from the paper’s web site after the writer admitted to fabricating part of the story. The writer, who has a long history of contributing to the paper in question, has been suspended. Which story? Which paper?

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