p.s. Hey. No news, so, onwards. ** Changeling, Newborn twins, wait, fresh baked twins, wait, both. What do newborns think, does anybody know? Maybe it's more like they feel than think. Anyway, that's very cool. Great words on Plexus' piece. The dunnos gave them a really nice undertow and rhythm. I liked their involvement. How's your novel going? Can you say? Hey, are you still heading over here? ** Tonyoneill, Hi, Tony. I'm pretty good for the most part, thanks. Excellent about the piling up of your new book. Is it too early to ask what it's about or 'about'? Are you cool with how the early stuff has gone with 'Sick City'? No, I didn't know Coney Island has a Neverland coaster. Weird. I've always imagined MJ's coasters were really wussy, I don't know why. Charles Willeford, yeah, he's great. I haven't read that one. What a good title. I've read, let's see ... 'High Priest of California', 'Cockfighter', 'The Burnt Orange Heresy', and maybe one other. Those are all really swell, if you're looking for more. Makes a lot of sense that you'd dig his stuff. Yeah, cool. ** Plexus, Goob! I'm really glad the workshop did you good. That was the idea, hope, etc. Oh, you're in Vermont for a while, sorry. Maybe it'll sink in in some interesting way, and anyway it's awesome that you fell in with Casey before you left. You'll have those emotional lightning strikes and calls from the wild to keep you focused. Any encouragement you get from me is just spontaneous combustion, man. You're the force of nature, I'm just the ... I don't know, falling tree? Shame about you murdering your family, but what can you do, right? Let's stick to the good stuff, like your poem for Casey. I love it. Yeah, shiver's even better, although shimmer wasn't shabby at all. I'm glad Vermont hasn't worn your talent down to a nub or anything. Hardly. I love you too, G. ** David Ehrenstein, Hey, D. Thanks again so much for holding down and juicing up the fort yesterday. That Franzen takedown seemed pretty spot-on to me. And you put it more lucidly and deeply than the review did. ** Math, I'll give you a one day break on the Mathster thing. Oops! I think I'm on the trail to temporary solvency due to some owed money that I might just collect in time if I'm lucky. What's your game plan for being able to afford stuff again? I might as well sell my Wii since I've been denying myself vgs until I finish my novel, and that's heading towards two years of deprivation now, scary. My goal is to dot the final i before the new Zelda hits, which feels doable at the moment. Extremely good news about you feeling the art coming again. Yeah, that walking, and the solitary thing in particular, is weirdly effective. I guess it makes total sense. If you can't talk about what you're seeing, some other part of you takes up the slack and starts talking but without the mouth's restrictions. Anyway, it'll be joyful to see what you're making when the making feels ready. Fingers way crossed that you aren't pregnant. Hope they help. They've been known to transcend their form. Lots 'o love to you, Math. ** Alan, I'm actually quite squeamish in real life. Which I think sort of makes perfect sense. How did the order change of your novel work out yesterday? You'll get it. The frustration is the only true enemy. Oh, that thing you linked to is really nice indeed, wow, thanks. I need to go thank that person. Yeah, thanks for that, Alan. ** Pilgarlic, I talked to John Holmes once, sort of. Attempted to. He was at a rock club where I was seeing Gang of Four, I think, and I thought, wow, JH likes Gang of Four, but I think he was there to buy drugs. Total jerk, if I remember correctly. ** Chilly Jay Chill, Hey, Jeff. Yeah, I hear you about the distraction of the car-related stuff and the resultant covert raids on you writing. I was like that when we were finishing 'TIHYWD', but the waylaying stress was obviously a bit more upbeat in my case. Yeah, I'm completely into my novel at the moment. I would do nothing else but work on it if I could. The ending is in sight, and that's revved me up. Hope that holds. ** Paul Curran, Consider the dust not just sprinkled but hurled. Is your reengagement proving to be smooth? What have you found? ** Statictick, When do you hear about the MRI, or have you? That Test Department metaphor was very cool. It rattled beautifully. ** Stephen, Hey! Excellent! You'll be here for Nuit Blanche, my favorite day/night of the Paris year. I hope it's a good one this time. I'll be around and just mostly writing then, like I think I said, so I'll be basically free to hang. Can't wait. Obviously, if it's easy to get Yury and/or I into any Rick Owens related things, he'd be very jazzed, and me too, but no sweat if it's a sweat at all on your end. Thank you! I'll check into what's up and going on when you're here. Well, Nuit Blanche to begin with, like I said. It's on the night of the 2nd. Very cool, S., and keep me up on your plans. ** Tender Prey, Hi, Marc! Really great to see you! Ace about you guys getting the apartment hunt behind you. Wish I could be in Barcelona tonight for Esther's and your show, damn. Let me see if italics will reach Pisycaca if your comment didn't. Pisycaca, here's Tender Prey: 'in case you read this... and are around tomorrow, would you like to come to the opening of Esther Planas's show and meet up wiith me and Wolf? It's at La Capella, the church converted into a gallery space on Hospital (link), and we're performing at around 8 I think. It would be lovely to meet you guys!' No worries about the Five Years blog show. It's awesome that it's a go. Whenever the time's right on your end, man. Thanks a million. Have a blow-out tonight, and give some of the love I'm send to you to Wolf and Esther. ** Steevee, Really glad you're feeling a lot better. I had to skip the Weerasethakul film when it was just here due to likely bewilderment caused by its lack of English subtitles, but everyone I know who saw it fell pretty in love. The Kiarostami wasn't so well liked, though, I don't remember why precisely. Long story short, how were they? ** Laurabeth, Hey, LB! Oh, I saw the pix on FB, and they're super cool. I'm just not even remotely a good FB citizen nor correspondent in general at all these days. The reading thing is on the 14th is at 7 pm. It'd be great if you were there, but don't mess things up to get there, okay? I don't know about dinner before or after yet. I'll find out what's planned or expected of me asap. Love to you, big Laura! ** _Black_Acrylic, Man, that in-concert shot of you as Philip Best is great! Everyone, click this to see our beloved _Black_Acrylic pin-spot channeling Philip Best/ Whitehouse at the AGK event other night. ** Robert d, Hello, welcome. Yeah, we think besottment can be very productive in and of itself over here. ** JW Veldhoen, Uh, wow, what's going on with all that, John? It has this drastic vibe. You're even bailing on our open eyes/ ears and hearts? Say it ain't so. Like in the Weezer song. I mean, do what you need to, but escape plans are just escape plans, and shrinkage has as many downs as it does ups. I am really into your possible idea writing-wise. That would cancel out the shrinkage thing. ** Will Decker, Thanks for your good words to Plexus. And for your kind thoughts on behalf of my appetite. I splurged on my usual yesterday in hopes that my current solvency game plan pans out. I'm reading that new Tony Duvert book. It's amazing. I'm pretty sure you're going to love it. I never write naked, but I usually write with dirty hair. ** Brendan, I love it when you love it. But enough about us. How are you? New studio, etc? Tell me the big and the small of everything. ** Inthemostpeculiarway, Hey. Yeah, I have a spate of brain crunching work to do first, two chapters' worth, and then I'll be just polishing the novel, and we'll see how long that takes. Thanks about my great uncle. Unfortunately, they only think he has a couple days left. I don't know, we'll see. It's very bad, though. I liked your day. It moved around a lot. Mine are so static right now that the movement in yours was really lovely. What is Manson's Lewis Carroll movie? My first thought was Shirley Manson. That can't be right, although the accent thing seemed to fit. I figure eBooks will make real books sort of like vinyl records. For aficionados and collectors mostly. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope so. My day: A bunch of novel work. I went to buy food, and that boy I've mentioned who works or worked at the Monop was there, although he was standing outside in his street clothes smoking a cigarette. I smiled, he smiled, he hailed me over, gave me his card, smiled, and I guess that meant I should write to him or call him or I don't know, because there was nothing on the card but contact info. Mysterious. What else? Oh, it was announced yesterday that France is on high alert vis a vis an 'imminent' terrorist attack, and there was something about a possible suicide bomber and the mass transit system as a target and two new active terrorist cells in Paris. It was spooky, but, being a veteran of Bush's alert bullshit, I also thought it could be the Sarkozy government just lying to distract attention from how incredibly much everyone over here hates him, but I don't know. Oscar, Kiddiepunk, and I went to the movies, and we had to take the metro, and I did feel a little nervous on the trains. Anyway, we saw 'The Last Exorcism'. I thought it was pretty fun except for the stupid ending. Then we came back to the Recollets, parted ways, I ate, worked a little, Yury dyed some clothes, I did some phoning to try to solve my money problems, and then I hit the hay. How was Tuesday for you? ** Nb, Too tall for cartwheels in your weird universe maybe. My wheels are just more magisterial. That's the only difference. ** Misanthrope, Yeah, the variety of opinions, of what worked and didn't, what people loved and found wanting was really interesting. Lots of crossed wires and agreements too. Personal and reasoned and objective and quirky and etc. Great stuff. It was beautiful. Really inspiring. I love the workshops. The blog's at one if its bests on those days. NYC just wouldn't be NYC for me without you roaming around in it, man. ** Frank Jaffe, Hey, Frank. Yeah, I've been in peep booths, but not for very long, ha ha. Back when guys used porn store arcades and porn movie theaters as places to hook up, I famously went there only to watch the porn itself in peace, and I would just swat everyone away from me. Ask Bernard. A friend over here and I were just asking each other if 'I Am Love' had played here yet or not. I'm thinking it did, and I missed it, which sucks. Really want to see it. The guy who runs Alyson, Don Weise, is a great guy. He published 'The Sluts' back when he headed up Carroll & Graf. Anyway, I'm basically figuring the delay re: 'The Weaklings' is due to severe money shortage, and I'm sure his authors are all over his case, and I think it's best to not bother him when he's middle of all that shit. The most important thing to me is that some of the other books that are currently on hold get published, especially Kevin Killian's 'Spreadeagle' and Laurie Weeks' 'Zippermouth', both of which are major and legendary novels. I want 'The Weaklings' to come out, of course, but first things first. I hope Alyson's problems get resolved. It's both a very good and very promising press. Lovely day and evening to you, man. ** Sypha, Sounds like a canker sore? Is it? I used to get those all the time when I was a little younger. Pure torture. Sorry, man. I can feel that pain. ** Eli Jürgen, Hi, Eli. I think the hands on and hands in painting thing is so cool. And the results spoke for themselves, of course. You're doing combo brush and hands paintings now? Very curious to see the results. Oh, reptilian shapeshifters, ha ha, I did a post about that. Did you see it? Hold on. It's here, if you didn't. ** Bollo, Better 'Deliverance' than 'Grizzly Man'. Well, unless you're the Grizzly, I guess. Just don't go all what's-his-butt. You know, what's-his-butt. The French painter who got all into painting Tahiti or the Bahamas or wherever he ended up. Ah, you won't. I don't know what I was worried about. If I can get a pre-release heads up out of Stephen about 2 and 3, I'll sneak the news to you. ** Nicki, Nicki! Atheist! Goodness gracious! How truly splendid to see you, my beloved friend. Wow, the kiddo is seven weeks into reality already? Yikes. I'm so happy for you, don't you know. And such a stately yet easily pronounceable name! I want to meet this young fella of yours. I guess he's too young to appreciate the glory of the Eiffel Tower. Anyway, heck, I missed you. If your lad allows, dig your heels in here a little more and be with us. Major love to you! ** Right. I guess the post today is very self-explanatory perhaps so. I'll leave it to you. I'm off to work on the novel thing. See you again once daylight has refreshed the world we share.