Friday, March 27, 2009
p.s. RIP: Ronald Tavel. So today is probably the closest there'll ever be to a DC's post guest-edited by Yury. He chose the topic, about 75% of the contents, and I filled out the other 25% with things I thought might be explanatory or helpful then arranged the entirety. Yury says to tell you he hopes you find it interesting, and so do I. Maybe I shouldn't say this, and it might not be so interesting anyway, but people who've read the p.s. closely in the last days might have noticed my mentioning that for the Bryant Park reading I'm doing in NYC, the organizers wanted someone famous to introduce me. It was decided that person would be James Frey, and I noted in the p.s. what an odd and amusing combination I thought that would make. Well, apparently Frey read the blog, took great offense at what I said, and is now refusing to introduce me, which seems a bit oversensitive, but nonetheless. So now the hunt is on for a new famous person, and if I mention who it turns out to be here, I'll make sure to emphasize how marvelous and what an honor it is in no uncertain terms, which I guess I should have done re: Frey. I forget a lot of the time how public the p.s. is, and that people looking in for the first time might not necessarily understand the detailing in our repartee's familiar tone, and so that turn of events was interesting in addition to creating a little mess. So, yeah. Oh, and I had a great time hanging out with the blog's own Wolf and Tender Prey yesterday, which I'm sure is no surprise. And, finally, here's your daily nudge re: what I hope will your entry for the Self-Portrait Day. ** David Ehrenstein, Very bad news about Ronald Tavel. My agent Ira was/is also his agent, and I know he's been trying to place Tavel's legendary, decades in the writing novel, and in fact he might well have already found a publisher, I'm not sure. Anyway, a big loss. Otherwise, go Barney Frank, and I think your newest FaBlog is extraordinary. The only way I initially see the 'hard-boiled' term working with Robbe-Grillet is because he was fascinated by the detective novel form, and worked with it within his novels, I guess especially in 'Djinn', the little kind of detective novel he wrote as a kind of fictional explanation of the Nouveau Roman. ** NB, Stomach ache notwithstanding, I'm pretty envious re: that culinary class you took, it being so extremely up my immediate alley. Oh, on the SPD thing, don't stress too much about it. I mean you only have to write just a little paragraph, you know, or ... anything however slight. Have fun if you're going to do it, you know? Otherwise ... Thanks for the Blake Butler link. I'll go read it. I like his writing quite a lot. All this lay-off stuff is so scary. It's just besetting so many people I know, most of whom have escaped the cuts thus far. Dude, NYC rent is positively crazed. So is Paris rent by the way, but you at least get a bigger apartment here and, well, Paris itself too for that kind of money. I tell you what. If you want to fill in that blank, find me a place that has really good, spicy cold sesame noodle. That's my all-time favorite food, and Paris doesn't seem to house it. ** Paradigm, I don't think there's any direct connection between Roubaud and my novel other than a general interest in and borrowing from work like his and including his. I'm trying not to focus too much on any particular French writer, other than Sade, and instead sort of think of what French literature means to me or what particular impact it had on my writing and then forefront the basic effect almost ridiculously, which probably doesn't make a lot of sense. Well, re: what you're saying about the effect you want Wai to have, that effect would be very hard to gauge, wouldn't it? The process of being enlightened or woken up can be very private, and there's the lag time as the person investigates how best to put what they've learned into action in their particular context, community, sense of their own personal strengths, and so on. I guess that's what I was trying to say about how it must be difficult to know what the impact is apart from good words and some press, which of course are very important. But, in a much more significant and important way, it must be somewhat like the effect of a book of fiction that inspires a reader to want to be a writer or a particular kind of writer. The time from the reading of the book to the point where the inspired writer writes something and is in a position to publicly acknowledge the influence can be lengthy. So I imagine you have to maintain a lot of faith to do something like Wai, or, well, do anything that you hope is making some kind of difference. Mm, does that make sense? Yeah, since Beckett technically wrote his own English language books, I thought he could get in the list. Kind of similarly if a little differently with Nabokov. ** Kiddiepunk, The trailer is exquisite. Let me pass it on: Everyone, the mighty and brilliant Kiddiepunk has finished a teaser trailer for his film 'Godland', and it's a total knock out, and do go see for yourselves. It's here. I'm going to see you so soon, whoa! I got you a ticket for 'Jerk' on, I think, the 9th. I hope that's okay. ** Stan_cz, Well, a big motherfucking happy birthday one date, man! I basically ignore my birthdays too, so I hear you. I hope you at least had a better than decent meal. ** Bernard Welt, Oh, you know the Roubaud novel. Excellent, yeah, it's staggering. I've gratefully noted those cook books and books on the culinary arts, and I'll see what I can find at Shakespeare & Co. or Village Voice. MFK Fischer is one of Amy Gerstler's favorite writers. The class description sounds incredible, and it also sounds like you're pretty squared away on the reading list. I was going to ask if you ever video document your classes or the lecture portions at least? I don't know if that's an unwieldy prospect. It just seems like kind of shame that they exist with no permanent record and couldn't be attended online at some point or something. That Coates quote really is gorgeous, yeah. ** Tosh, You probably know this kind of great Jack Nitzsche site already, but if you don't ... Also, have you seen this album cover? ** Paul Curran, Thank you, Paul. ** SYpHA_69, Oh, it's kind of explained at the top, I guess. About Frey, I mean. Ongoing very best wishes on the ongoing health and job crap. ** Patrick deWitt, Hey, man. ** Dynomoose, I'm guessing that every question I have is one that will have to wait until the MRI, since I'm guessing that is what will really determine the complete nature of the diagnosis and the particulars of her version of the condition? I'm hoping intensely, perhaps against hope, but I hope not, that there are exceptions or versions of the condition for which medication or something can help. It's devastating news, Adrienne, in any case, and the feeling of helplessness, even for a friend as somewhat abstracted by the internet as myself, is kind of overwhelming. I send you all my love and as much hope as humanly possible that once a more precise diagnosis and understanding of her condition comes in, there'll be some kind of relatively good news for her and for you guys. Know that all of us here care enormously much and will do anything we can as your friends and supporters along the way. ** Wolf, Hey, Wolf. Thanks for that. It was amazing seeing you, and I hope I'll see you a little later on today. ** Storybynumbers, That's interesting. Yeah, I have a kind of possibly common idea of the Northeast, or most of it, being a bastion of old fashioned pragmatic Democrat types, but I'm not sure exactly where that image comes from. ** Pisycaca, Luckily Yury is a hardworking guy who just reorients his goals when needed and remains determined and burns off his stress by griping a lot in private. So it's a drag, but he'll ace it. Well, at least you're feeling more positive even if the circumstances are technically anguishing. I'm sure it'll work out. It's weird how things always seem to work out. You're getting all the positive West Coast vibes I've managed to hold onto over here. ** Steevee, So you're going to shoot the film in April? I'm forgetting. Is that plan? How long is the total process including rehearsals and shooting? I assume it's too early to determine how long any post- stuff will take? ** Stephen, My pleasure. ** JW Veldhoen, Hey, sir. ** Oscar B., Two openings, nice. Well, yeah, intense but nice intense, even if 'nice' and 'intense' make a rather odd couple. It's a drag you keep having these shows and I don't get to see them in the real world. Hang in there. ** JoeM, Hey, and thanks, Joe. ** Tomkendall, Hey, man. ** Ken Baumann, I've written five screenplays, two of them as a co-writer, only one of them, 'Jerk', based on an existing work, and I commiserate with you on the difficulties of the form, and I can't imagine ever writing one again unless money somehow makes it a necessity. I can fully imagine how hard it will be to adapt that novel with the beautiful prose. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but essentially you only have dialogue to work with, at least in terms of what might actually survive of your own writing in the film itself, right? Everything else seems to be more about giving whatever director a skeletal yet somehow tasty sense of what you think the right tone, look, quality should be, no? To me it feels like writing a cross between a synopsis of a world and its advertisement rather than creating the world itself. I don't know if that makes sense. And if it's a novel with beautiful prose, well, there's certainly a really big challenge there to transmit the quality of the prose without being able to use the prose itself. I don't know. It sounds hard, for sure. I guess it'll be interesting to see how it effects your fiction writing. I'd imagine it will, even if it just makes you at least initially adore writing fiction in a new way, which is an effect in and of itself. Well, obviously, good luck with that, and I hope you can get back to your fiction before too long. Yeah, it's really nice for me to communicate with you too. ** Misanthrope, You wouldn't hear me speaking fluent French if you snuck up on me and stuck an Uzi in my back. Well, those new job prospects sound much more worthy of you than some of the other ones you've been entertaining lately. Fingers obviously and unremittingly crossed. Dude, I want to see you in NYC, but you need a job more than a hug from me. ** Blendin, Okay, I'll give 'Fear of Flying' a shot. You've given it the juice I needed to want, a sentence that did mean something when I composed it, believe it or not. Yeah, you have to do the SPD. You're committed, just like that. Snap. ** Shai Biscuits, I want to hear much more about this performance thing as soon as you're feeling loose lipped. Yes, we're on for the weekend, man. The countdown has started. ** Lord_s, Picking a fave metal doc is hard. 'Decline II', yeah, can't go wrong there. Hm. I haven't seen that Kiss thing. I guess I should. Never liked Kiss. Blasphemy, I know. It might be a generational thing. Totally on that last High on Fire album. It's killer. I'm pulling that one up from its mp3 purgatory today. ** Winter Rates, I'll stream the new show today, listening closely for any differences in tone, sound quality, vibes, etc. Don't let the poems slip away, man. Do one for the SPD. Use my SPD to kick your poetry writing ass. ** Inthemostpeculiarway, Oh, that kind of guy trouble, ugh. I've known that trouble more times than I can count, like all red blooded dudes have. Sorry, man, ouch. Write a poem about it. That always helps me. Your blog is in serious need of a kick start, and that poem might just be thing. Be like me and put projects ahead of life. It's one way to go. Thanks about 'Try'. Be like Ziggy, man, except without the getting molested and 24/7 anxiety attack part. ** Jax, Wow, I might have sold a copy of the Roubaud book to you? That's no small thing. Cool. Thanks from over here for your words to Dynomoose. Yeah, I hear you on screenplays. It's just apples and oranges, you know? I mean, I like making complete worlds rather than giving someone else the means to make one and to take or throw away what I've done. I like the collaborative aspect of that, but I prefer the theater thing I do with Gisele where I get to be involved in the realizing the world I wrote and decide what needs to be changed in the text as we go along. But maybe writing screenplays shouldn't involve imagining that part of the process so much? Is that it? It's more about just working in the form and then whatever movie may or not result is a whole separate entity? 'Cos when you say it's working beyond the visual, I don't really understand that. It feels to me more like the visual is mostly off limits, and that in fiction you can work with the visual as little or as much as you want. I don't know. ** Alan, Hey, man. ** End. So give it up for Mr. Gareth Pugh and Mr. Yury Smirnov today if you will. I'll see you tomorrow.
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