Monday, January 5, 2009
p.s. Hey. It's snowing here in Paris, but after last week's big let down of a teentsy snow fall, I'm not frolicking in my imagination just yet. Still, it's looking pretty realistic outside so far. An early heads up that I'll be traveling to the States on Friday. I won't be going to LA, at least not initially. I'm heading over there to work on a project that has to stay hush-hush for the time being, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to snag an affordable last minute ticket home and spend a week or so of the trip in LA, although that's an uncertainty at the moment. The point is that after Friday's post, I'll be taking a long weekend off due to traveling-related interruptions, and then the blog will continue as usual starting next Monday, albeit on the US time zone posting schedule. Other than hoping you all had good weekends, I think that's all there is from me today. ** Thomas Moronic, Nudge felt. I'll try to get that to you today or tomorrow at the latest. Well, those ideas you have about writing re: acid in your novel are totally fascinating, and just so pretty on the levels of the description and the mindfuck they inspire as I try to imagine how they'll scramble and reshape the prose exactly. Of course I can't imagine how you're instituting these ideas, but that's the nature of doing frontier experiments, as I know too, and I'll be extremely interested to see the results now that I have the methodologies in mind. That's really inspiring, man. Really. I don't know specifically about the Supersonic gig, but I hung out with Stephen (O'Malley) yesterday, and he said Cope has performed live with Sunn0)))) twice. Also, I guess Stephen, Cope, and a couple of other people recorded a collaborative EP last year that has never been released. ** Heliotrope, Ah, thanks, man. I'm so glad it suited you nicely. Part 2 is a jam-packed giant. Very sweet and fragrant story about the Nikki Sudden gig and the fire escape doubling. How are things in general on your end? ** Mona, We'll have to compare our record collections' prized possessions and rarities at some point. I was at the height of my record collector-itis around the early Teardrops/ Bunnymen period. Vinyl was so much more fun. ** Groovy Guy/ Michael_Karo, I thought mentioning your delicious 'fro would just be me gilding the lilly. I just saw your groovy tunes link, but of course I'll head over there once I'm p.s.ed out. I liked 'The Ice Storm' okay. I'd need too see it again. I remember liking the weird, quiet Elijah Wood death scene a lot. ** Roger P., Hey. 'At ease' is quite a nice phrase when you think about it. I'm in novel writing mode so turns of phrase are popping for me at the moment. Of course I'm so pleased about your journeying into Bresson's work. I like some Shrader's films pretty okay, though they've always struck me almost-rans in some way. I personally couldn't stand that Bresson quotation ending of 'American Gigolo', although I should watch it again. It seemed like a groaner of a dumbing down act to me at the time it came out. You have a lot going on, or at least a lot of preparation for possible things that could be going on soon. What are your chances on the scholarship, do you think? I mean, obviously, that sounds so ideal. ** Stan_cz, So what are some of your plans, business or pleasure, while you're in LA? The video store job makes sense, but do check on how likely it would be to get a work visa for that kind of job. In my experiences, the government wants a very clear reason why a business would need to hire a non-American for a job that an American would seem to be able to fill. Obviously, check on that stuff yourself because visas are a tricky thing that must be very well calculated. ** David Ehrenstein, Yeah, it's interesting that in most of the essays/ pieces I've read that argue for the release of the 'new' version of 'Shadows', Cassavettes' disavowal tends to be very glossed over. There's a lot of demonizing of Rowlands, trying to pit her against him. If Cassavettes didn't want that version released, end of story as far as I'm concerned. Oh, Fabrice Luchini, yes. I agree he's wonderful, and I probably won't have time to see his show before I head Stateside, but I would probably go if I could even though I'd be more than a bit lost in the inbetween songs patter arena sans sufficient French. Thanks a lot for the tip. I've somehow missed out on the metro posters for that show. Yeah, I don't really understand what the Aspen bomb/suicide thing was or is about. It's barely had a peep of coverage here. So you were my news. RIP: Glenn Goldman indeed. I'm so very sorry to hear that. I sure hope Book Soup is going to be okay in his wake. ** Tosh, Ha ha, Tosh, bring heavy winter clothes. No joke. One, it's snowing, and, two, the forecast has it that the temperature will be around -7 degrees celsius at night and around -2 during the day all week. ** The Dreadful Flying Glove, Damn, I intended to include that LSD/'Passionate Friend' story. It was a mental overload of a post to put together and things escaped while my attention was diverted. Oh, and I wrote to you about this, but thanks a million for the Cope stuff you sent. It's made Part 2 better and bigger. ** SYpHA_69, Well, you already have a few Cope albums to check out, but if you want a quicker sense of what he's about, the 'Floored Genius' comp is quite good, all tracks selected by the man himself. ** Wolf, Well, Part 2 will be a good initial test of your gerontophilia. I've only heard snips or maybe a track or two from 'Black Sheep'. I liked it, but I think I liked some of the relatively recent stuff more, and, of his later work, I think I'm more into the experimental records and projects like Ruin, Queen Elizabeth, and things like that. Is it snowing there? We're getting a quite a lot of gorgeous snow over here today, it's turning out. ** Bernard Welt, Oh, how nice about the Colmar experience. I'm going to have to get myself there. If the Mann bio is just a flip through deal, I'll check the less distinguished literary blogs for the juicy excerpts. Still, it might be a good plane book. So you're back home today? I wish you could have witnessed a Paris snowfall like the one going on outside my window. It's like a disintegrating god. ** Statictick, Really glad you dug it, man. ** Oscar B., Welcome back, pal. Nothing broken, I gather. 'Fallout 3', check. I'll put it on my list of things I can reward myself with if I get enough prose under my belt. I didn't do nothing on New Years Eve, fell asleep at 11 pm, but I didn't care. Exciting about the sound installation and show. Yeah, if you haven't already sent the mp3 -- I'm behind on my email again -- do please, as I'm most interested, of course. ** Magick Stallion, That's funny: my high school psychedelic band used to perform a cover of 'Some Kind of Love', so I should have gotten the cross-reference. You're melancholy too. I'm a tad better today sans any help from a gym whatsoever. As you can surely imagine, I don't cross a gym's threshold very often. Well, never, in fact. I carry groceries. Hope Happy Mondays did the trick. For me, Pollard or New Pornographers are almost guaranteed picker-uppers. ** David, You found my long lost copy of Housman's 'Collected Poems'! ** Hedi, Thanks, Hedi. Oh, that Paris/LA magazine is kind of nice, right? It's edited by this woman I know a little because she's the main squeeze of the wonderful young ex-patriat, Paris residing artist/friend Oscar Tuazon. Do you know him? Anyway, I'm glad the interview turned out okay. Thanks again, H. ** Steevee, As I was saying to SYpHA, you might go for the 'Floored Genius' comp first because his discography is so vast and various that it's probably best to get that and find out what aspects of his work you think the most interesting. ** Winter Rates, Cope has a lot of very, very not normal work. This week's Part 2 will cover some of it, so wait and taste it, and see what you think. ** JW Veldhoen, In the room to my left lives an Iranian scholar and his wife with a two week old, endlessly shrieking baby. In the room to my right lives a German woman who's in Paris studying something or other and who has a three week old endlessly shrieking baby. But the walls are medieval. ** Marcus Whale, Feeling interested to know more about these characters you mentioned writing, I just slid over to your blog and read the beginnings of those most recent entries, and they're just stellar, man, and I'll read further when I clear my own blog off my decks this morning. Are those pieces characteristic of your writings in general? Beautiful work, very compelling. ** Ignacio, I don't know if I'm ever going to get Bauhaus/ Peter Murphy. It just doesn't do a thing for me, even though most of my friends dig their/his stuff. You mean current French stuff I like? MC Solaar seems pretty good. I need to hear more. Other than, say, M83, who I like a lot, I mostly listen to French noise and glitch: TGNM, Abstrakt Sound, DAT Politics, O. Lamm, Minifer, DOPPLER, etc. Man, those hospital stories are spooky great. ** Mat, Oh, youtube videos, fantastic! Thank you, thank you. I'll go check my mail and then watch them in a few minutes. Great, man, thank you! ** Chris, The 30th should be just fine. I'll be lagged, but unless you want to meet up with me in the later evening, it won't be so much an issue other an occasional, brief spacing out or something. I'll be back here on the morning of the 28th. Yeah, that would fantastic, Chris. I really hope you can come. 'Reward' is a little piece of bliss. Mm, just having a glance and looking at the illustrative photo, I'd guess that theater adaption of 'Eden Eden Eden' is grisly. Looks like maybe a modern dancey thing done to a prerecorded reading of the text or something. Who knows? I haven't heard a word about it, but I don't know if that means anything. That photo just smelled wrong to me, but I'll ask around and let you know if there's any word on the street about it. ** Robert-nyc, It would be so nice to see your smiling face at the BEA. I've done signing things at the BEA twice before, and both times I've just gotten a lot of people looking at my name placard and then making a 'am I supposed to know who he is?' face. Oh, cool, I'll check that Limp Wrist site. How nice to be able to see new work by you, and it sounds like a site worth acquainting myself with too. Writing's going okay for me right now. Yeah, I'm writing a new novel that's still growing and still doesn't seem like shit to me, which is something of a breakthrough. Otherwise, I recently co-wrote a radio play with Catherine Robbe-Grillet for French radio, and we'll be recording that early this year. And I'm beginning work on the new theater piece with Gisele, and that'll start being a main working project in March. And we're likely to turn the 'Jerk' theater piece into a independent film, and I'm starting to work on adapting that a bit. So, yeah, I'm busy, and all is okay on that front. Take care, mister. ** Tomkendall, And hearty cheers to you as well. Good times? ** Alexandre, Ah, hi, Alexandre! Yes, it would be great to see you, probably when I get back from States maybe, yeah? Hope all is well, and give Tomas a hug for me after you've hugged yourself for me. ** Misanthrope, Oh, I think kids reading 'Harry Potter' is fine and nothing but a good thing. I mean it's all about them figuring out that reading fiction is pleasurable so they'll look to books for pleasure as they get older. I think that's plenty for now, and, besides, you should have seen the crap I was reading at their age. I think I was melancholy and may still be a little melancholy because I'm not feeling all that hot health-wise, and probably because of how fucking cold it is, and probably because I always get stressed out and weird before I have to take those long plane flights overseas. No, I can't believe you're still sick. You type so normally for a sicko. Well, you should be getting better by now, right? If not, see a doctor, dude. I still don't remember the REM kid story. It might be lost with whatever brain cells were storing it. Maybe a google search, yeah. Do one, and let me know. ** Jax, 'Reward', right? Genius, that little number. You're melancholy too? Yeah, not that you don't have decent reasons, but maybe it is winter and star/sky arrangement stuff. Wolf would know if that's the culprit, I think. 'Intacto', okay, noted, thank you. Yury's all better, hitting the indoor swimming pool after work today. Lovely to see you, pal. Work going okay? ** Now I'm off to seriously trudge around in snow for a while. It's real. It's ongoing. It has happened at last. Meanwhile, Laure is quite an interesting figure, I think, and I hope you'll enjoy discovering her or being reminded of her or whatever else. Until tomorrow, then.
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