p.s. Hey. ** New Juche, Hi, Joe. Jerzy Kosinski: I read a few of his early books way back when. I remember particularly liking a novel of his called ‘Cockpit’. I haven’t thought about his work in a long time. Houellbecq: Mm, I’m okay with his work. He’s a smart, interesting writer. I’m not in the camp that thinks he’s great or a genius or anything. His deliberate provocations are too on the money to be very interesting to me, and since deliberately provoking and creating controversies is so on his agenda, that puts a damper on my interest in his work. I haven’t read his book on HP Lovecraft because I’ve never read Lovecraft, so it doesn’t really attract me. Have a swell weekend, and I’ll write to you. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. You won’t be sorry, I don’t think. ** Kier, Yay, you’re back! Oh, hm, okay, so … you want basically just some kind of jumping off point or directive? Hm, okay, song? How about this oldish one, which I’ve been obsessed with lately: Sebadoh ‘As the World Dies, the Eyes of God Grow Bigger’. Here’s it on youtube if you need it. It’s kind of a harrowing song. Am I doing this right? If I’m not doing it right, tell me, and I’ll do it right next time. Soon is very soon. I was just talking with Zac about this yesterday, and we thought maybe the easiest way to explain/ask, ‘cos it’s kind of complicated to explain, is to Skype with you, maybe this coming week sometime? Is that possible for you? Otherwise, we can try another way. Yesterday’s auditions were amazing because we totally unexpectedly found someone to play the main role (!), which was the thing that we thought was going to be really, really difficult. The main character is supposed to have had a serious bicycle accident before the film starts, and we’d envisioned him having both neurological issues and a physical handicap from that, and we wanted a real handicapped guy to play the part. But this guy auditioned yesterday who isn’t handicapped but has a very strange quality about him, and he was completely amazing and just perfect in every other way, so we instantaneously decided to take away the physical handicap and just have the character be changed mentally and psychologically in the way he thinks/acts, which I think will work even better. Anyway, this guy is just fantastic, and we were and still are over the moon at having found such an ideal performer for the super-central and very tough role. So, yeah, it’s great! Good, good, I’m so glad the school has worked out to be a great place for you to be and to make work. So it’s being the encouraging and inspiring place you’d hoped! That’s so happy making. Me, yeah, I’m reading a bunch of things at once. I never used to read like that, but there are so many exciting books popping out all the time that it’s only way to keep up. Have a really great weekend! Let me know if that Skyping plan makes sense, and, if so, we can make a plan or else make an alternate plan if not. Giant love from me! ** Steevee, Hi. Whatever ‘Split’ is, I’m sure not it’s not a ‘rush to the theater’ kind of thing. ** David Ehrenstein, Hey. The Millicent Dillon biography is really good, yeah. I almost would like to reread it. Hm, I would imagine any number of directors have at least toyed with making a film of ‘TSL’., right? It seems inevitable, and, god, let’s hope it’s someone smart as hell. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! Yes, as I told Kier up above, we magically found our guy for the main role, a young actor who’s so perfect that we changed the character a little so we could cast him. So yesterday was pretty great. We’re thrilled, and very, very relieved because, before that ideal guy showed up, we really were feeling lost about what to do, and it’s such a big, difficult role, and the performer has to be really, really good if the film is going to work, so it was like a miracle. I think we’ll be a little nervous until we’ve officially done the contracts and stuff with him, but he’s very into playing the part, so hopefully everything will be okay. There was one other guy yesterday that we’re interested in enough re: one of the other roles to bring back for a second round, so we’ll see. But, yes, very happy! Shit, sick enough to stay in bed? It’s weird, but being sick, if it’s the ‘right’ kind of sick, can be weirdly freeing or inspiring for writing, or it can alter you in a way that makes you write things you wouldn’t otherwise. If that makes sense. Still, I hope you get perfectly healthy again as soon as today. And that your weekend is cool, whatever state you’re in. How was it? ** James Nulick, Hi. No I don’t, ha ha. They call them ‘slush funds’ for a reason. Thank you about the ‘… in one place’ post. Yes, the Rafferty mystery got solved unmysteriously after the post was made. Well, re: Brautigan, you have too remember that at the time he committed suicide, his work was completely out of fashion, and no one was talking about him, and very few people were reading him. His work’s current renassiance started years later. No, the ‘disabled’ guy is the guy who wants to explode. No, the guy who disappeared without being photographed did so in the 90s and the main character is obsessed with him and with the mythology around his disappearance. I do know that Johnny Gosch doc. I did a big Johnny Gosch post on the murdered blog some time ago. I’ll look into restoring it. I hope the ultrasound came back negative or whatever the perfect result would be. Let me know, okay? And have a very, very fine weekend and take some love too. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh, I have a strong suspicion you will really like Jane Bowles’ work when you read it. Way back in the 80s, a friend, Tim Dlugos in fact, played me ‘A Picnic Cantata’. I remember it being quite interesting, and, of course, the Schuyler text is characteristically sublime. ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Great about the post! I will stare at my mailbox until it appears, sort of like Trump staring at a TV, but without the snarling and tweeting. Thank you! ** Alistair, Hi, Alistair! I figured you might be back home by now. Welcome back to my home away from home. That rewiring is really great, for sure. Hang onto it for as long as you can. Really good to see you, my pal. I hope your weekend is a bliss fest! Love, me. ** Right. I made a new gif work. There it is. I hope you like it. I’m pretty proud of it, but don’t mind me. See you on Monday.