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Artur Żmijewski Game of Tag, 1999
‘Poland’s interior minister on Friday instructed his country’s prosecutors to follow up on an investigation by groups representing Holocaust survivors into how a video featuring a naked game of tag came to be filmed at a former Nazi death camp in the country. Mariusz Błaszczak transferred to prosecutors the dossier on the video that was filmed inside the gas chamber at Stutthof, he said Friday on Twitter. Two days earlier several groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, had sent a letter to Polish President Andrjez Duda noting the video was traced back to Stutthof and demanding to know who gave permission for the filming. “It is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in a long time,” Efraim Zuroff, the Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter, said in 2015 about the exhibition. “They lied about it. It is just revolting and a total insult to the victims and anyone with any sense of morality or integrity.”

 

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Jan Smaga Untitled (dog), 2007
‘Jan Smaga works with photography and combines classical techniques with computer editing, constructing three-dimensional photographic objects. The technique developed by Grzeszykowska and Smaga is reminiscent of the process of scanning – a total voyeuristic documentation of the space and the people which inhabit it. In the individual projects, the artist subjects the human body to a similar, detailed analysis of the surface.’

 

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Sally Mann The Wet Bed, 1987
‘In The Wet Bed, for example, it is not clear whether the young Virginia is asleep or posing, coloring our view of the circles of urine that stain the sheet around her. Many observers of Mann’s work feel manipulated by this sense of artifice, yet Mann argues for its use, stating that “You learn something about yourself and your own fears. Everyone surely has all those fears that I have for my children.”‘

 

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John DeAndrea Various, 1972 – 1988
‘John DeAndrea is an American sculptor whose intensely realistic depictions of human figures, both nude and clothed, offer an uncanny portrait of contemporary human life. Made using plastic, polyester, fiber glass, and natural hair, his work is painted after naturalistic gypsum casting to achieve a high degree of technical precision and lifelike appearance. He has explained that his work is not intended as political, but rather an existential glimpse at an individual’s sense of self. “You don’t look at people like you look at a sculpture,” the artist has explained about the public’s interest in his work. “We’re in a room and we glance at each other. With a sculpture you can walk around it, take it apart, examine it. That’s part of what makes them appealing.”’

 

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Campaign Against Sex Robots, 2015 ->
‘True Companion’s female sexbot, Roxxxy, is apparently “always turned on and ready to play,” though as the FAQ page makes clear, she does have an off switch for when the robot shagging is over and it’s time for her to get back into the cupboard. Customers can select the skin tone, hair colour and eye colour of Roxxxy. She can even come with pubes in a variety of styles, but this costs extra. Roxxxy is suggestive of a time when men all over the world will be able to forgo the trouble and inconvenience of a real girlfriend, with all their PMT tantrums and feminist sexual demands, and simply go online, design their ideal sex pet, and wait for a woman-sized cardboard box to be delivered to their door. Dr. Kathleen Richardson wants to stop us hurtling towards this bleak version of the future. A senior research fellow in the Ethics of Robotics at De Montfort University, she’s recently launched the Campaign Against Sex Robots, along with Dr. Erik Billing of the University of Skövde in Sweden. Their campaign manifesto points out that by creating robots for sex, society is reinforcing patriarchal ideas about how women should look and behave, as well as normalising the idea that a relationship can be purely physical.’

 

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Roger Hiorns Untitled 2005–10, 2010
Untitled 2005–10 is a sculpture comprising a black metal bench that is intermittently inhabited by a naked youth and a lit flame. The sculpture also functions without the presence of the youth or the flame and, in this case, sets up an anticipation of presence. According to the wishes of the exhibiting institution, a youth can become part of the sculpture by occupying the bench in sessions of roughly fifteen minutes each over an agreed period of time. Once the youth is present and fully disrobed, a gallery attendant can choose to set light to the gel which ignites the flame on the metal bench, although this is not necessary for the sculpture to be activated. On a prepared area of the bench, enough flame gel to allow for approximately nine to fifteen minutes of flame is lit. The youth and the flame are then present together. Once the flame is extinguished, through the exhaustion of the flame gel, the youth may take leave of the bench.’

 

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Hilde Krohn Huse Hanging in the Woods, 2015
‘A Norwegian contemporary artist has confessed to being left hanging naked in a tree for three and a half hours after an video art installation she filmed in a Norwegian forest went wrong. Hilde Krohn Huse, who lives and works in London, ventured into the forest in her native Aukra in Norway to film a video featuring herself hanging naked from a rope in a tree. However, when she reached the end of her filming, she realised that she was completely unable to free herself. “The video ends when the camera shuts off, but I was there calling for help for another 30 minutes,” told Norway’s VG newspaper. “I felt sick when I saw the video for the first time, I experienced everything anew. But I slept on it and realised that the video is quite decent.”‘

Watch excerpts from the video here

 

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Olga Fedorova Naked Gym, 2018
‘In the video Naked Gym, a man and a woman run on a trainer, exchanging glances but nothing more, while drones are peeping through the windows. Such a work requires quite heavy compositing chores.’

 

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Paul McCarthy The Garden, 1992
‘For his solo show at SMAK in 2007, Paul McCarthy included two kinetic sculptures of male figures humping a tree and the floor, and in the next room both were laid out on tables, castrated.’

 

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Charles Ray Young Man, 2012
‘A 1,500-pound sculpture in solid stainless steel.’

 

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Paolo Schmidlin Porno Queen, 2007
‘Italian artist Paolo Schmidlin makes his second appearance on this list. Porno Queen is a controversial 2007 sculpture. It shows a topless Queen Elizabeth II. The figure seems totally disinterested in the pair of hands gripping her torso. One hand is fondling her breast. The sculpture debuted in Madrid, Spain at a show opened by King Juan Carlos. The work is funny but insulting. This figure was once labeled by the Queen’s photographer as “the work of a lunatic”’

 

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Eddie Peake Touch, 2012
‘Peake is best known for his 2012 performance piece Touch, a five-on-five 30-minute football (soccer) match in which male players were only clad in shoes and socks denoting their team. The sheer name of the event, Touch, has a homoerotic connotation, though, Peake seems to ask, “is there anything inherently sexual about naked men, with flaccid genitals, kicking a ball around a court?”’

 

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Jamie Wyeth Orca Bates, 1990
‘Orca Bates (born 1976) was the favorite model for artist Jamie Wyeth.[2] He was first painted in late 1989, and numerous times over the next five years. Orca was a “wild child”, described by Jamie as “more of a seagull than a person”. Orca’s parents, Daniel and Amy Bates, had divorced by the time Orca was 12. Orca currently lives in Pine Island, New York and owns several companies (Orca’s Construction & Restoration Inc., Growboxco, and Muckland Hops LLC).’

 

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Gilles Berquet Various, 1980 – 2000
‘Gilles Berquet is a French artist known for his highly-sexual photographs featuring theatrical stagings of the woman’s body. Influenced by various mediums (adventure fictions, comics, films, television), Berquet exhibits our worst nightmares and most guilty desires. His works are regularly published in his own magazine Maniac as well as in Muscle Carabine.’

 

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Wagner Schwartz La Bête, 2017
‘Wagner Schwartz received the first death threat two days after lying naked on the floor of a museum in São Paulo. It was October 2017 and the Brazilian artist had invited members of his audience, which included children, to adjust his body: move a limb, roll him over, that kind of thing. This was for a dance piece called La Bête, a work he had already staged many times at home and abroad. So it was a shock to suddenly find himself the target of an increasingly emboldened network of rightwing and evangelical Christian groups. During La Bête, a four-year-old girl, encouraged by her mother, lifted Schwartz’s hand and then his foot, while another slightly older girl touched his head. These moments were caught on video and uploaded to Facebook. “The creators of this page,” says Schwartz, “put a caption on the video saying the museum incited paedophilia and that I was a paedophile. From this moment on, people who did not know me or the work decided La Bête was a threat.” Evangelical activists and members of the Movimento Brasil Livre, a group that claims to be libertarian, gathered outside the venue, the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), while 100,000 people signed a petition denouncing the work. One popular meme juxtaposed a picture of Schwartz with three bullets and the caption: “Paedophilia has a cure.”

 

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Daniel Edwards Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston, 2006
‘Singer Britney Spears has found her way into the world of art history. Artist Daniel Edwards has depicted Spears nude in a life sized statue giving birth on her hands and knees on a bearskin rug. The sculpture is meant to promote “Pro-Life” and depicts Britney in the pose of a natural birth (whereas in reality her son was born with a C-section and the celebrity was heavily drugged). The name of the sculpture is “Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston”. The ‘art’ piece has caused a political storm but Edwards is keen to explain that he purely sees Brit as a modern fertility goddess. He said: “My feeling about it was that for her to give up her career, to sacrifice that essentially to have a child that seemed like a real dedication to birth. I guess I’m just really responding to the public’s general interest in her pregnancy and trying to capture the ultimate moment being the birth.”‘

 

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Bill Henson Various, 2003 – 2010
‘Photos of a naked teenager by artist Bill Henson are part of a taxpayer-funded exhibition teaching students about art and adolescence. The Monash Gallery of Art touring exhibition features photographs of a naked teenage boy, with his ribs protruding, and his pubic hair on display. The educational resource provided to students and teachers said the exhibition dealt with themes such as the human body, adolescence and suburbia. Students are also invited to look at Henson’s body of work via a weblink to the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, which was raided by police in 2008. This site depicts teenage girls naked and wrapped in tinsel or topless. It ties the photography to VCE subjects ranging from art to philosophy and asks students how successful Henson is at capturing youth and adolescence.’

 

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Jennifer Rubell Nutcrackers, 2011
Nutcrackers consists of 18 life-size interactive sculptures of women surrounding a pedestal holding one ton of Texas pecans. Each prefabricated female mannequin is mounted on her side in an odalisque position and has been retooled to function as a nutcracker. Visitors interact with each sculpture by placing a pecan in the mannequin’s inner thigh, then pushing down the upper leg to crack open the nut so they may eat it in the gallery. Inspired by nutcrackers depicting female figures – and in particular one found on the internet of Hillary Clinton – these interactive sculptures embody the two polar stereotypes of female power: the idealized, sexualized nude female form; and the too-powerful, nut-busting überwoman. The work also serves as a prompt to action, encouraging the viewer to transgress the traditional viewer-artwork boundary and complete the work by participating in it.’

 

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Elin Magnusson Skin, 2009
‘In a room on the seventh floor in a cold city, two people are waking up. They hug each other hard, still, it’s not enough to be able to forget where one body starts and the other ends. Neither of them has a sex or a face and they both wear more layers of skin than they ought to. Old disappointments and badly healed wounds have turned them into this. With a pair of scissors they ask each other for permission to expose, rip up and get in. Something forgotten turns into a memory that later transforms into fingers, and finally a hand. Hair begins to smell and the sweat is pouring. In close-ups about closeness we see the longing for something new.’

Watch an excerpt here

 

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Juan Rivero Various, 2013 – 2014
‘Juan Rivero’s art seeks to expose the human body to twist and distort it, to humiliate and display it in all its strength and neglect, in all its brilliance and misery, impressing on them the most personal, unique and exclusive to the idiosyncrasies of the artist, who can afford the spectacle of the terrible and the problematic, even the terrible action of mutilation, decomposition, negation, because what exists, even all that exists, until every being, irritates him.’

 

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David Shrigley Life Model, 2015
Life Model invites the public to draw a rather not so handsome male nude that occasionally urinates into a bucket.’

 

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Stelarc & Havve Fjell Shadow Suspension, 2013
‘SHADOW SUSPENION WAS A COLLABORATION WITH HAVVE FJELL FOR THE DALLAS SUSCON 2013, ORGANISED BY ALLEN FALKNER. IT WAS HELD AT THE LAKEWOOD THEATRE, DALLAS ON THE 30 MARCH. 6 BODIES, 3 MALES AND 3 FEMALES, WERE SUSPENDED HORIZONTALLY FACE-UP IN A HEXAGONAL CONFIGURATION. THE BODY STRUCTURE WAS SPUN, WHILST WINCHED UP AND LOWERED DOWN AND THE SOUNDS AMPLIFIED. THE DURATION OF THE SUSPENSION ITSELF WAS 23 MINUTES.’

 

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Sam Jinks Untitled (Kneeling Woman), 2015
‘A crowd of people jostle for a closer look at the naked woman crouching on her knees. Phones held aloft, the group shamelessly take pictures of her bare back and bottom — safe in the knowledge she won’t be waking up anytime soon. The remarkably life-like nude sculpture, created by Australian artist Sam Jinks, was by far the most photographed work at this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, a three-day art fair that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors since it first launched nearly three years ago.’

 

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Konstantin Somov Various (1930 – 1936)
‘In about 1930, Somov met Boris Mikhailovich Snejkovsky (born 23 July 1910), “the twenty-year old young man who would inspire several of Somov’s best later works. He would sit for straightforward portrait drawings, beautiful, mildly suggestive oil paintings, and he may have been the model for more erotic watercolors. Somov was a homosexual, but the exact nature of his relationship with his model and friend is unknown.”‘

 

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This naked woman crossed Interstate 95 near Flagler Beach, Florida, in footage shared on Facebook on March 22, 2019.

 

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银角大魔王 霜星的脚01 (2020)
‘锃明瓦亮嘿嘿嘿’

 

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Thordis Adalsteinsdottir Bear Eats Man, 2013
‘A questionably offensive sculpture at Queens’ Socrates Sculpture Park has merited a fence installed around the work. Bear Eats Man by Thordis Adalsteinsdottir depicts a wooden bear gripping a man from behind and biting into his neck, but a closer look reveals that the victim may in fact have an erection. A wooden enclosure has been placed around the piece, with a warning notifying visitors about the subject material.’

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Howdy. ** _Black_Acrylic, Morning, Ben. ** Steve Erickson, I played the first ‘Animal Crossing’ game, and that was in 2001. So it has been around (and very popular) before it recently went viral for quite a long time. I’ll check out the Ja’Tovia Gray film, thanks. ** Thomas Moronic, Hi! I wondered if you would remember making it. Thanks tons about ‘ZDB’. Hope everything is as great as can be where you are. ** Wow, that was easy. And so is introducing today’s self-explanatory post. See you tomorrow.

Thomas Moronic Presents … Totaka’s Song *

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*Start paying attention at 1:31!

 

“It’s charming but in its own way a little creepy, like there’s some kind of conspiracy, or some hidden meaning in the song beyond a cute little signature.” – Kisrael.com

SonicPinhead (2 months ago)
The song that will haunt us forever…in a sorta…good way?

RayeliB (2 months ago)
So THAT explains the tune I listened to while playing Yoshi’s Story. I remember wondering why the music changed so suddenly xD That was so long ago.

inasnitycheeseboy (2 months ago)
Freaky…

Purly (3 months ago)
I didn’t say creepy silly~ I said wacky~ You know, funny and wierd~
I don’t know the game at all, only because Totaka’s song is in there.

Splleeman45 (3 weeks ago)
I am never getting this song… It scares me too much…

– Youtube viewers

 

Kazumi Totaka

Kazumi Totaka (戸高 一生 Totaka Kazumi?, born August 23, 1967) is a Japanese music composer and voice actor from Tokyo who composed many major Nintendo games, including Mario Paint and Animal Crossing. He occasionally also does voice acting for Nintendo games, including Yoshi from the Mario and Yoshi series. He is also one of the various composers who worked on the title Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

 

 

Kazumi Totaka is also a vibraphonist, working in many solo or group music productions. His alias is known as Liberal Music from lollop record releases. Totaka is the vibraphonist in the group Spritual Vibes with Nobukazu Takemura and singer Kiku. Most of his projects were active in the mid to late 90s, and were mainly collaborations with Takemura.

 

K.K. Slider

“Those industry fat cats try to put a price on my music, but it wants to be free.” – K.K Slider

 

K.K. Slider, known as Totakeke in Japan, is a character in the Animal Crossing series of video games, who has attracted a cult following in his own right. He is a dog who performs songs on Saturday nights after 8:00 PM. In the original Gamecube game, he performed outside the train station. This venue is not featured in the later DS and Wii versions. Instead, he appears at a café known as The Roost, a venue not present on the Gamecube. If the player has room in their inventory, K.K. will give them a ‘bootleg’ of one of his songs, which is a tape version adapted for playing on an in-game stereo. Though recognizably the same song, the bootleg version often differs considerably in style.

K.K. Slider is widely recognized as being a game version of Kazumi Totaka.

 

Totaka’s Song

“Kazumi Totaka’s Song” is a short, 19 note tune hidden in almost every game he has worked on as a composer. It was first discovered on the title screen Mario Paint, which led many people to refer to it as the “Mario Paint song”, and was thought to be the first instance of the song. It has since been discovered in the Japan-only Game Boy game X, which predates Mario Paint by months. It was later found in many other games including Animal Crossing, Link’s Awakening, Yoshi Touch & Go, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Luigi’s Mansion, and several others. As of now, people are still actively seeking the song in the few games Totaka has worked on where it has yet to be discovered.

 

Confirmed appearances of Totaka’s Song:

Totaka’s secret theme tune has been discovered in the following games:

Animal Forest
Animal Crossing (K.K. Song)
Animal Crossing: City Folk (K.K. Song)
Animal Crossing e-Reader cards (#P15, “Boy,” “Who’s Dunnit?”)
Animal Crossing: Wild World (K.K. Song)
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the DX version
Luigi’s Mansion
Mario Artist: Talent Studio
Mario Paint
Pikmin 2
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Virtual Boy Wario Land
X
Yoshi’s Story
Yoshi Touch & Go

Gamers are still looking for the song in the following games and applications:

Wave Race 64
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii Sports
Wii Channels
Wii Music

 

EXAMPLES OF HOW TO FIND TOTAKA’S SONG

Mario Paint

System: Super Famicom / SNES
Year: 1992

On the title screen, click on the O at the end of “MARIO”. It will turn into a bomb and explode, scattering the letters everywhere. The music will stop and in its place will play Kazumi Totaka’s song.

 

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

System: Game Boy
Year: 1992

Lose all of your lives so you get the Game Over screen. Wait on the screen for a minute or so, and Kazumi Totaka’s song will play.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

System: Game Boy / Game Boy Color
Year: 1993 / 1998

1. You meet up with a character called Richard during your search for the Slime Key. Richard, the frogs in his house and the background music are all originally from Kaeru no Tameni Kaneha Naru – another of Totaka’s games. If you wait for the music in his villa to loop several times, Kazumi Totaka’s Song will begin to play.
2. On the title screen in the Japanese version of the game, if you enter your name as Totakeke then the File Select music will change to a remix of Kazumi Totaka’s song. The only other version of the game this works in is the German version of Link’s Awakening DX, only you have to enter “MOYSE” as your name. Claude Moyse was the German translator on the game.
3. A third instance of Totaka’s Song has been heard on the game’s dumped music soundtrack, but so far has not been found in the game. It sounds like it is played on one of the Instruments of the Sirens.

 

Yoshi’s Story

System: Nintendo 64
Year: 1997

Wait for a moment on the Trial Mode stage select screen. After the music has looped a few times it will stop and Kazumi Totaka’s song will play.

 

Luigi’s Mansion

System: Gamecube
Year: 2001

After you first meet E.Gadd, you will be asked to do some training with the Poultergust. Before your training begins you will see a screen where you are shown the controls of the game. Wait on this screen for 3 minutes and 25 seconds, and the music changes to Kazumi Totaka’s Song.

 

VIDEOS:


Story of Totaka’s Song, part one


Story of Totaka’s Song, part two


Story of Totaka’s Song, part three


Totaka’s Song hidden in Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru


KK Slider plays Totaka’s Song in Animal Crossing


Totaka’s Song in Link’s Awakening


Totaka’s Song in Mario Paint


Totaka’s Song in Super Mario Land 2


Totaka’s Song in Yoshi’s Story

 

THE END … ?

*Text collaged from: Wikipedia, Kisrael, Youtube, Nintendo Database, Myspace

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** Scunnard, Hi. Yeah, it’s a goodie. Oh, nice, thank you, and that’s cool and kind of Chris. I’ll go it read it shortly. Everyone, The fine writer and occasional commenter Chris Kelso has a think piece up on invert/extant called ‘Creatively Mourning the Novel’ that should be a highly interesting read and apparently brings up my work if that adds any incentive. Here. ** Ian, Hi, Ian. If anything turns up, I’m def curious to see. Thanks! Vietnam! Nice. Never been there, but friends who have rave. And three days of camping doesn’t sound too shabby either. Great day to you! ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Man, he is the youngest looking 80 year old ever. You would never ever know. Not surprised he’s nice. Hm, I don’t know who the nicest famous person I’ve met would be. So many have been so nice and so few not. Hm. ** Misanthrope, It’s total renaissance time in the indie presses. Never seen such a flood of fantastic books, and that’s been going on for years now, and it only gets more fulsome all the time. My favourite cake used to be wedding cake, but the sugariness has become kind of brutal, so now I’m all about Japanese, bean-paste based cakes, oh my god. Nice your parents were so generous. Mine were too, but they were easily as generous with their evil as with their niceness. ** Bill, Hi, B. ‘Dreams of Amputation’ was a really good one. You should start a “recontextualize” collection. I can’t think of anyone who’s done that in a public way or public enough. ** _Black_Acrylic, Howdy, Ben. It’s a beaut. Big up on the DCA reopening! Our art joints reopening up here has made a big difference. Yes, and you can return to your ‘The Call’ stewardship! Hooray on that news! ** Sypha, That ILP anthology won’t be out until next year, or at least my deadline for giving them whatever I do is next March. Your mini golf experience is lovely and painful being such a fan and so deprived here where there are maybe two mini golf courses in the whole country and they’re as flat and unadorned as pancakes. We have a great zoo in Paris. Well, two, but only one is great. It’s a long trek to get to, so I’ve only been once, but it’s giant and has the most beautiful, huge fake mountain in the middle of it. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Everyone, Two reviews from Steve today. They are of … Margo Price’s new album THAT’S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED and Bill & Turner Ross’ film BLOODY NOSES, EMPTY POCKETS. I was startled by how prolific Morricone was too, and how all over the place his gigs were. I listened to the new White Boy Scream album once and was not impressed. I might try it again. I found it kind of irritating. I … think I haven’t heard the Feminazgul. I’m intrigued. I’ll hunt it. Yeah, I’ve gotten fantastic feedback on ‘Zac’s Drug Binge’ from all over the map, and I’m thrilled about that, of course. ** Jeffrey Coleman, Hi, Jeff, really nice to see you, man. Shipley’s cool. Well, I don’t know him personally, but the writing sure is. Thank you for reading my stuff. Yeah, gracias. Ha ha, I had not seen that, and, honestly, if i had seen it without the attribution, I would never have guessed that was supposed to be Bret and me. Wacky. Everyone, the awesome Jeffrey Coleman points out an online interview with the Italian artist Ila Pop, and if you scroll down you will see what’s supposed to be a drawing of me holding up the severed head of Bret Easton Ellis. Here. Thanks, bud. Have an excellent one. ** Right. Today I’m restoring a formerly dead oldie of a post made by writer supreme Thomas ‘Moronic’ Moore that’s especially for his and my fellow Nintendo fans or looky-loos. Fun and intrigue galore if you allow it inside you. See you tomorrow.

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