Saturday, March 21, 2009
p.s. Hey. The writer and distinguished local Alan commandeers this space today in order to share the work and illuminate the surroundings of the Indian writer Arun Kolatkar, someone whose extraordinary poetry I personally was unfamiliar with before now. Perhaps you were blank like me or already a reader, but please spend some of your weekend exploring Alan's terrific post, and, of course, do try to share your thoughts about it in the comments arena so he'll know that his generous efforts mattered. Thanks, Alan, and thanks in advance to any or all of you for your attention. Otherwise, how's it? Me: I wound up being overtaken by another monster headache yesterday that pretty much fucked my plans, now I'm feeling a bit dazed and vague in the aftermath. I don't know if I'm getting a change of seasons allergy reaction or what, but it sucks. Assuming my head leaves me alone, I've got a lot of work and other stuff to do this weekend. If any of it leads anywhere interesting, I'll tell you on Monday. For now, expect some spaciness from me today, and my apologies. ** Esther Planas, Hey! I'll likely be going to LA right when the Paris 'Jerk' shows end, so around the middle of the month, and I'll probably be there for a couple of weeks, so that's my time frame. Can you come before the 15th or after May 2nd or 3rd maybe? ** Heliotrope, Thanks, man. I like the idea of ghost pixels and code and the whole 'Neuromancer' dream, but I don't know. Maybe that ghost who screwed up my post caused or is my headache. Yikes. Your nephew just sounds so great. Just hearing about him and what he's doing warms me up. I hate being put on the spot too, believe me, but as long as you don't sit in the first couple of rows, the magicians basically leave you alone. Or they do as long as you're not a beautiful woman. Are you going to the semi-finals or finals? Damn France for depriving me of all of that. How did it go at the vet with Kaya? ** The Dreadful Flying Glove, Toop played at the electronic music festival here. I didn't get to go that night, though, naturally. No problem on the needing of sleep. I'm not much good today anyway. Very cool if the music files get here. Kind of you and much needed. ** Alan, Thank you personally once again for today. It's a beautiful thing. Awesome that HTMLGiant rated your shelf, and with a haut no less. And you have 'Project for a Revolution in New York' on your shelf, you tasteful fellow. I wish I'd thought of that title. It's one of the titles I most covet. No, I used jpegs a fair amount with 'The Sluts' and 'God Jr.', but my old laptop died, so everything from that era is on discs now. When I started 'The Sluts', I had a laptop but not the internet. That 'scrapbook' is a mix of analogue and digital. As is the 'God Jr.' one, since I used video game strategy guide books a lot in building it. In its very earliest incarnation, the only surviving piece of that being the exchange of faxes chapter, 'The Sluts' was going to be a very differently built novel, always spinning around Brad and Brian, and always about technology's dispersal and disguising of 'the truth' or whatever, but more about video, phone, photography, faxes, letters, and vehicles like that. ** Bernard Welt, That class sounds totally incredible, and I wish I could monitor it. I'm sure I can come up with a bunch of suggestions, although my brain is way too worn away today to try to use it wisely. But expect things. ** David Ehrenstein, Well, there's no way you'd get something in the States like the anti-Pope roundtable on 'Le Grand Journal'. America doesn't have shows like that, or they're so marginal that their swerves have no great value. The French aren't afraid of giving and hearing opinions, and that includes heated and over-emotional ones. They thrive on debate. I mean, that whole ridiculous fuss about Obama's 'hurtful' joke on Leno is so fucking American. In France, people don't sit around waiting for their enemies to make bloopers they can then spin into 'news'. You don't have that US atmosphere where everyone's terrified to just relax and shoot the shit in public, where anything anyone says without exercising excessive self-censorship and caution is considered potentially suicidal. When you live over here where intellectual disagreements are considered one of the forms of education, the media in America just seems so incredibly childish and neurotic and obscurantist and savage. Anyway, yeah, Crowe was very good in 'The Insider', it's true. A brilliant film. ** NB, Ooh, you're into particle physics. That's so interesting. Even though I ultimately know very little about it, I was fascinated by particle physics for a while and studying it in order to think about structure in fiction. The great artist Charles Ray, who's a close friend of mine, is deeply into particle physics, and it's key to how he thinks about sculpture, and hearing him talk about that a lot, and the uses of negative and positive space, which might be connected to astro-physics, which he's also into, and how space works in visual art, etc., really influenced my ideas about the build and effect of narrative, and so it's cool to see you mention that. The Chelsea life sounds ace, noise aside. That part will sink in and become an invisible thing soon. It's weird how that works. ** Jax, Oh, okay, about the purpose of the 'Jordan' pin down. Totally understand. Very cool that you got to read a Cuaron script. 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' is great, and I actually love his Harry Potter film. It's the ace in that series' hand. Oh, yeah, you mean as a reaction to the media crap re: the Austrian guy. Yeah, that's a potential sympathy builder, yeah, I can see that. I wasn't factoring that in. This weekend for me? If my head behaves, I have to work Gisele's suggestions and additions and revisions into the 'Jerk' script, and thusly rewrite it to a degree, but she and I are totally on the same wavelength, so it shouldn't be too hard. Novel writing, of course. I'll go see some art, I think, maybe a movie. Nothing all that huge planned at the moment. What about you? ** Paul Curran, Yeah, it's the devices and the communication modes that interest me too, always looking for new tweaks for the fiction partly. The sun sure is nice. It's still a cold sun over here, but I'll take it. ** Tonyoneill, For a while, they gave these ghost hunting tours of this long closed movie theater on Hollywood Blvd. I can't remember its name, but I'm sure you saw it. Kind of near Las Palmas. Anyway, they gave you recording devices and diving rods and stuff and turned you loose in the theater, and of course nothing interesting turned up, and the paranormal host woman, seeing we'd gotten nothing, suddenly started 'channeling' a supposed dead little girl in a squeaky child voice and everything. It was outrageously ridiculous. But it's true that if she hadn't done her wacky acting bit, I might have thought I'd wasted my money. On Paris, it's possible I might get back here on June 4th. If so, I'd love to see you on the 5th. Let me try to get the dates nailed down. As ever, nothing but all the luck in the world on the novel finishing. ** Stan_cz, Yeah, you nailed Sarkozy. The Left in France is getting pretty interesting. I just put together a future post about that. There's this young Communist guy, Olivier Besancenot, who I admire a ton, who's put together this new political party The Anti-Capitalist Party and is really mobilizing people and trying to unite the oppressed young people in the suburbs with the Leftist students and organizers, and it's very exciting, and creating alarm on the Right. We'll see. I don't know the answer to your question about the unions and 'officials'. I'll try to find out. The Adjani of today is a living advertisement against excessive cosmetic surgery. She's rather scary looking, and is almost always photographed with heavy filters, which is partly why she's a figure in my novel. ** Bill, I'll go check out the crackle box. Sounds fascinating. Thanks, man. ** Katsim, Oh, good, you got that sorted. Where exactly are you staying then? Near me? Cool. Oh, can you remind me of your dates again as I'm in the process of arranging the 'Jerk' ticket stuff, and my brain is very fuzzy today. ** Squeaky, Squeaky, for goodness sake! Hey, man! It's so stellar to see you. Yeah, I saw about that show you curated. At Exile, right? I guess someone sent me something about it. Wait. I found a link. Everyone, the blog's fine friend and occasionally MIA distinguished local Squeaky aka the artist D-L Alvarez has curated an exhibition in Berlin called 'Psychometry' at the great art space Exile, and I highly recommend checking it out if you're in Berlin, or, if not, checking it out from afar right here. You good? Any chance for an update on everything to do with you? ** Wolf, I'm sure the ghosts are going to give you a wide berth after that. That was gorgeous. Yeah, I said it again: gorgeous. I find objectivity an enormously interesting discipline that has saved my ass and work any number of times, which isn't to say I believe in it. Reality, I don't even know what means, I guess. Wednesday, cool. Just hit me up as soon as you're ready for me. I'll be juiced. ** JW Veldhoen, I'm going to try to find the Jeff Wall note somewhere. Yeah, for me, my new novel is pretty overstuffed and baroque, but it might just seem thicker than usual to anyone else. Weirdness. Mine, I mean. ** Steevee, Well, that's fantastic news on the new actor! On any number of fronts. Yeah, great, man. ** Misanthrope, Yeah, that's cool, but Maher and O'Reilly are way over ... there. I'm talking about a show as watched here as, I don't know, 'CSI' or 'AI' is in the States where you've got the French equivalents of everyone from Simon Cowell to Kanye West to Tom Hanks to Joan Didion to Biden to whoever sitting around a table trashing and discussing the Pope's statements about condoms with no holds barred. It just would never happen in the US. Hm, see, I don't think I buy the 'Eureka moment' thing. That supposes that he was an unrepentant sadist who found his heart in his daughter's plaintive words. I don't buy that. To me, he could as easily have figured out he had no shot at winning and cut his losses like a cornered sociopath would. The 'Eureka moment' idea just seems a real media construct to me. But I don't know nothing. I guess the 'finding his heart' thing seems too neatly narrative for real life to me. I think CB did his job well in the 'Batman' movies. I think in the newest one, frankly, that awful fake voice they had him do when he was Batman kind of obscured his performance a bit, and I think maybe people unconsciously felt like that was his mistake when of course he was just doing what he was hired to do. What are you up to this weekend? What's the latest on the job thing and the doctor thing, if those aren't painful subjects? And writing? ** Chris, Hey. Oh, I don't come to NYC until the end of May, so, like, in two months. So we should have some time to make a perfect plan. How was the band rehearsal or playing session? ** SYpHA_69, I too like the idea that anything could happen or be real, and I find that exciting as hell. I guess for me the ghost and the UFO and things like that just seem constructs dating from pre-technological human imaginations, and they seem more romantic and nostalgic to me than anything. I guess I'm more into wiping the slate clean of those images when I think about the unexplained or something. The SPD is going to be me posting some images, and everyone will be asked to write something inspired by one or more of those images, and the SPD will be what results. It was Steven Trull's idea, and Mbuitron added a further focus to the idea. I'll be announcing it quite soon, and you'll see. ** Craig, Big ugh on the crappy work day. My archives are open to the public, but you have to make an appointment, I think. Most of my scrapbooks and other stuff are not open to the public because they're kind of delicate and in danger of getting fucked up due to my lazy choice of using rubber cement when putting them together. Those require special permission either from the library or an institution or from me, I think, and I think you're supervised when looking at them. Anyway, if you ever want to see my archives, just let me know. ** Justin, The blog form sounds very interesting. How do you think you'll realize that on the page? I mean, I guess you could make the novel an online project with a 'real' 'blog', if you want. I'm super curious, obviously. 'Vampire' murders? I haven't heard about those. I'll search for news. Hey, have a really good weekend, man. ** Shai Biscuits, What's the deal on the cleaning up of Pride activities? Who wants to do that? That's a stupid and ugly and undoable idea. I wish they'd get rid of the traditional stuff altogether like the official parade-like parade followed by getting plastered in the bars and figure out what a great celebration would be like from scratch. What or who is Lucas Luhrman? I'm getting a visual crossfade of George Lucas and Baz Luhrman, and that can't be what you mean. I think if we could reverse time and start the world over against along anarchist principles, it's conceivable that kids might want to cruise parks, if there even were parks, but otherwise I'd guess either Cata was pulling your leg or Duvert was pulling his. ** Mark, Current artists I can think of who've worked with the paranormal with at least a certain seriousness would be Kelley, yeah, and Susan Hiller, whose work is largely concerned with it, and Bruce Nauman and Louise Bourgeois and Tony Oursler a bit, and definitely David Askevold who collaborated with Mike Kelley and heavily influenced Mike's interest in the paranormal. Yeah, I figured the guy in the video was the guy on the street. Little Richard, ha ha, yeah. I'll go check that transfusion link thing pronto. Thanks, man. ** Jeff, Hey, man! Yeah, I'm with you on the life after death thing. I do find the stuff around paranormal fun. That was beautiful and amazing: your recounting of the Buddhist belief. ** Armando, Yeah, with the camera/sister, give it a little bit of time. That seems like the best and maybe only way to go. And you need to get some sleep, my friend. Eventually your body will just zonk out, and you'll get it, but I hope it's soon. Toys? In what sense? I mean, do video games count, 'cos I'm huge on them? But, like, if you mean things, object-like toys? Gosh, I can't think of any real toys that I have or that I actually play with and don't just have sitting on a shelf. In LA, I have some action figures and stuff from, like 'Buffy' and movies/shows I like, but they're still in their boxes. What about you? ** Oscar B., Mm, I don't think I believed the weird post infection thing was paranormal. Maybe I wanted to just a little. I've had a couple of things happen in my life that were completely unexplainable where the paranormal seemed the obvious explanation, but I can't quite let go and believe the basic premise of ghosts and stuff like that. One time I had a reading from a psychic, and she completely freaked me out by telling me there was someone who had died who was always with me, around me, could be seen by her standing next to me, and that it was someone who'd meant a lot to me, and me to him, and so on, and then she described the spirit, and it looked exactly like my friend George Miles down to details and things that seemed way beyond random or that could possibly have been the result of guess work, and that really fucked with my head, and I had this weird war with myself about trying to believe it, but I just couldn't. But I realized how vulnerable I am to the kind of wishing to believe that makes people believe in those things. The videos you're working on sound great, of course. Are you still working on the comic too? Have an excellent weekend, okay? ** Slatted Light, God, that was fantastic. I hope you don't mind this ... Everyone, you owe it to yourselves to read Slatted Light's comment on ghosts at the bottom of yesterday's lower Comments section, if you missed it. You don't mind, do you? Reading that after just causing myself to think about George was very emotional. I don't know if that's something I should think or say. 'Mercy of that magnitude divine'. Yeah, David, amazing. I'm kind of wrecked. It's good. I have to leave it at that, and I'll come back to it. Thanks. ** So I hope you all enjoy what Alan has made for us this weekend, and please do think aloud about it, if you will or care to. Have the weekends of your dreams or something like that, and I'll see you on Monday.
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