p.s. Hey. Welcome back from my vacation (and welcome to my jet lag)! ** Dominik, Hi, D!!!!! How are you? I did have a lovely trip, all in all. And my gums happily stopped attacking me the day I departed. How were your last few weeks? What’s new? Love hoping that the world has become more indelibly yours, G. ** Misanthrope,Thanks, bud, and here’s the other side, and I can ‘see’ you! ** Bill, Hey, Bill! Holidays filled their bill. ‘Nowhere’ is the only so-called ‘prime’ era Gregg Araki film that I like more than barely. What’s the recent haps, sir? And, yes, as I say to Ben just below, Peter Rehberg’s completely unexpected death is a very, very hard thing to understand and accept. Thank you. I’ll check out ‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ ASAP. I’m so old that I saw those Halsted films in the theater when they were released and when they were only seeable in theaters. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hey, hey, Ben! I’m going to go catch up on Play Therapy and hope it jams some life into my very jetalgged brain, thank you! Everyone, If you missed clicking on the latest episode of Ben ‘_Black_Acrylic’ Robinson’s wondrous and jamming podcast Play Therapy a couple of weeks ago — this one featuring ‘Italo, Synth Wave, EBM grit and some Murder Balladry on a lo-fi Casio drum machine too’ — join me in digging deep. Yes, news did reach me of Italy’s triumph, and I trust you’re well over whatever ill effects that had on your psyche now. There aren’t words to express my total and profound shock and confusion and sadness about Peter’s completely unexpected death. It’s utterly devastating. I’m still in a state of disbelief about it. He was my good friend and collaborator for so long. Gisele and Stephen are a complete mess. Yes, it’s beyond terrible, so terrible, and thank you for noting his passing. xo. ** Billy, Hi, Billy! Welcome! And thanks! Well, of course I hope Bresson’s spell worked on you. … did it? I wish you very well too! ** Licila Lanza, Hi, Licila, I will write in English, my apologies, because I don’t trust google translate, even though it seems to have a pretty good job of helping me read your message. Wow, that’s quite a dream. I feel honoured to have been its special guest. Thank you very much for letting me know about that and for recounting it.It’s very nice to meet you, and please come back anytime, okay? ** G, Hi, G! Big congratulations on you on making the Polari Prize shortlist! Whoo-hoo! I’m rooting for you big time, don’t you know. Yes, the film of ‘Jerk’ is probably completely finished by now. I haven’t asked Gisele. Yes, the film is full of puppets. You’re basically watching a guy do a puppet show for the whole film/piece. Great to see you! Love, me. ** K, Hi, K. Oh, yes, I’ll email you my mailing address shortly. Thank you very much in advance. ** Brian, Hi, Brian! So nice to see you, pal! The trip was good, thanks. I’m happy to have intro’d you to Lionel Soukaz. Yeah, his films are excellent and very underseen/rated. Plus Zac and I hung out with him when we showed our films in Marseilles a while back, and he’s a very interesting guy. How’s ‘2666’ going? And everything else? Catch me up when you get the chance please. ** DC, You again. ** Steve Erickson, Hi, Steve. The trip was very good, and it was so nice to be back in LA again after so, so long. Mm, LA, unlike everywhere around it, was in some kind of bubble and didn’t suffer the extreme West Coast heatwave so much, so it felt kind of normal there — especially after the utter living hell that was Orlando’s severe heat/humidity. The main global warming effect on Paris of late has been unusually huge amounts of rain, which I honestly don’t mind too much. The summer has been extremely mild here so far — 74 degrees w/ 10 perfect humidity today! — but I doubt that will last. I think the Hasted films had a short theatrical run at Quad a couple of weeks ago, if I’m not mistaken. Great to see you! ** T, Hi, T! Thank you, happy to be back. The trip was good. We spent three days at Orlando at the top going to amusement parks. Apart from unbearable heat and humidity, that was fun, and we got to ride all the hyped up new(ish) rides we’d been dying to try. (In fact, for any looky-loo theme park lovers out there, here are my ride ratings — Velocicoaster: A+, Mickey’s Runaway Railroad: A++, Avatar Flight: A, Avatar Boat: B-, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure: A+, Star Wars; Rise of the Resistance: A+). LA was pretty great. Zac’s and my new film has an Executive Producer in London and an on-the-ground producer in LA who will coordinate the actual production, and we had a bunch of good meetings with him and worked out stuff. And seeing friends, art, etc., was a blast. I hope the restfulness of being with the fam outstrips the ‘being with the fam’ part, ha ha. How are you entertaining yourself of late? I’m glad you found the longterm post useful. Take care, and hopefully chat with you again soon. ** HR, Hi, HR. Thanks a lot for popping in. Very good to meet you. You’re in LA or thereabouts? Happy you liked the haunted house. Me too. What’s going on with you? Let me know if you feel like it and don’t mind. ** Right. I thought I’d welcome everyone back with a marathon kissing fest. And there you go. See you tomorrow.