p.s. Hey. ** Marilyn Roxie, Hi, Marilyn. ‘Conker’s’ is in my top 5 or so all-time games. As are the two ‘Banjos’. Thanks about the film, and, awesome, I’ll go be in the audience of your film program very happily. Thanks a lot! ** Kyler, Hi. Yeah, it’s a funny story. Goes to show you something. The heat wave died out yesterday evening, I don’t know for how long, but it’s absolutely civilized outside today, and not a fraction of a second too soon. ** Bill, Hi, Bill. The heat died (at least temporarily) about 7 pm yesterday. It dropped ten degrees in the course of about 10 minutes. It was like magic really. Right, that Dahmer movie. You’re the only person I’ve seen say anything about it, and I have a very talkative Facebook feed. I wonder why that is. ** James Nulick, I hope you enjoy it whenever you get to it. No, ultimately, working with the editor has been a great thing. Strange that. Or strange that I was so worried about it. 20,000 words, not bad at all. It’s not about you? That’s very interesting. Wow, I like the unexpectedness that I feel when you reveal that. I haven’t read Rilke since I was a teenager, so I really don’t know. I’ve assumed that he was maybe one of those writers you either need to read when you’re young or not necessarily bother with like Herman Hesse or someone, but I have no idea. If you read it/him, give your report. ** David Ehrenstein, Yeah, I reserve not giving a fuck for viewing not for doing. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Oh, cool. Did your heatwave fade away last night? Ours did. I actually slept and stuff. I hope the heat’s death was a cross-continental phenomenon for your sake. Yes, we’re auditioning another color grader this afternoon, so fingers crossed. I’m so happy you’re working so hard and steadily on your book! That’s Guided by Voices to my ears! My day was, yes, film editing. The cool thing is that we’re extremely close to finishing the edit. We’re down to working on tiny details now, and we’re even running out of tiny problems. So I think we’ll show the film to our producer early next week and ‘pray’ with all of our might that he likes it a lot so that I, at least, don’t have to get into a fight with him because we are very happy with the film now and think it’s virtually finished apart from a lot of color and sound editing/mixing. Then Zac and I popped by to visit Michael (Kiddiepunk) and Bene (Oscar B) and their baby kiddo (Milo). Then we had a nice visit and Indian dinner with writer/d.l. Bernard Welt and visiting writer/d.l. Diarmiud Hester, during which the heatwave sank away wonderfully. That was my day, a pretty good one. More editing today then the audition and then I’ll go see the last Paris performance of Gisele’s and my theater piece ‘Jerk’ tonight. Should be okay. How did your weekend begin? ** Steevee, Hi. Theoretically I would love to see Costa talk about how much time he spent on incremental movements of the camera in pre-planning, but I’m a bit of nerd for stuff like that. Thanks about the editor. Yes, it’s been a good thing despite my fears. I think I mentioned this, but there’s a long scene near the end of the film, one take with no edits, of two characters having a conversation in a car that I think is sublime and astonishing as well as quite challenging. The editor was not on board with how challenging it was until we watched the current cut yesterday, and she finally declared that she loved it and agreed with leaving it as is, which was a great relief since it’s a thing that I am prepared to ‘fight to the death’ to keep in the film unchanged, and now hopefully we will have her support if the producer balks. Oh, not bad about the quickish resolution of the leak problem. You do your film shoot today? Wow, I forgot it was happening so quickly. Extremely great luck with that if you need it, and I’ll be waiting to hear how it went. Break every leg! I, no surprise, honestly don’t see the slightest problem with casting an Arab-American to play a Jewish character, and I only find that extremely interesting, but I know you’re hooked up to some degree with a community that prefers to go the broad-based, knee-jerk correct-or-incorrect way on things like that. I wouldn’t worry. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben! Our heat gave up the ghost! At least for now. Have an incredibly good time away at the wedding and with everything that happens around it! ** Gregory Henry, Hi, Gregory! How super sweet to see you, man! Okay, I’ll write to you. If you need me, my new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Talk’ to you soon, and I hope you’re doing splendidly. Love, me. ** Jeff J, Thanks, Jeff. I was wondering if you knew/like Costa’s films. I think I (or someone else) did a Manoel de Oliveira post, but let me check. Miguel Gomes: no. I’ll look into that and see if a Day is doable. Thank you! That was a painful yet compelling story: the attic and the critter. Yeah, I’ve never owned a place where I lived. I think about buying some place, but, one, I don’t have the money to and, two, I’m never completely convinced that there’s an advantage to owning. Thanks, buddy. ** Misanthrope, Oh, you mean not giving a fuck about ‘the rules’ and the conventions and stuff. Well, I’m obviously on board with that kind of non-giving. Yeah, that’s why I never show others my novels until they’re completely finished and I’m confident that they are. The only exception being my friend the poet Amy Gerstler. Until I moved over here, I always asked her to be the one person who read my novels before I was definitely finished because I trust her opinion implicitly and because she knows me so incredibly well that she knows how to give me her opinion/criticism in a way that I will be receptive to. Having to show Zac’s and my film to the producer and others before we’re finished is very hard for me. I get very stressed about it. But so it goes. ** Sypha, Hi. Yay, someone else finally acknowledged the Rare post! Thank you! Bon day! ** Okay. 197 clocks. See you tomorrow.