p.s. Hey. ** H, Hi. I like my apartment. The neighborhood here is doable and the metro access is good, but the area itself is just kind of colorless to me, which is ultimately fine. Having no nearby cafe sounds tough. I don’t think I could handle that. But Paris social life is really organized around sitting and talking in cafes, so, yeah, that would be a problem, I guess. Anyway, I’m very glad you’re happy where you are. That’s what matters. ** Bill, Hi, Bill. Yeah, the guestbooks have been on fire lately. Comment trolling has reached even the seemingly far flung, exclusive joints. ** Armando, Hi, man. I’m good, busy, good. Obviously very glad that escorts were so entertaining this month. Laughing rules. Inglewood is not the most scenic and beautiful area of Los Angeles, on that I think all Angelenos would agree. I kind of don’t want to talk about Charlottesville and the Neo Nazis and all of that here. You or anyone else can, of course, but I really like that this place is one of the dwindling places online where we can talk about other things. I’m not the kind of person that needs to vent about the world online. No interest in or compulsion to do that at all. So, anyway, I’m just going to stick to talking about other stuff if possible and leave you guys to hash that stuff out if you want. Our film has been on a short break, which ends next week. Everything is finished except for the titles, end credits, subtitles, and, most importantly, the sound edit and mix which will take up most of September. I love our film. Frankly, I think it’s pretty great. I’m very, very sorry to hear how bad your depression has been. I am of course glad to hear that you have managed to get some writing and work done. That’s the best cure for depression for me. I’m up to working on the new Gisele Vienne dance piece right now. Zac is on holiday, but when he gets back next week we’ll plunge back into the film. Not sure what I’ll do today yet other than the aforementioned. Hopefully do the stuff I need to do. Take care, buddy. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. I’m glad you pointed out that escort’s text because it was a fave of mine and Steinian indeed. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Actors I know often use the world as a kind of acting class, a place to play and study and rehearse at times, just as writers and visual artists do in our own way. Or bored, imaginative people working retail jobs. Or escorts! Yeah, I don’t think I have anything to say about your situation with the waiter that would be useful to you, so I hope you resolve that however is best. You yourself say that you’re basically using your comments here as diary. Diaries are meant to be written, and read if they’re public, but not necessarily to be interacted with. So I’ll just read and respond when you write something that asks for a response, I guess. Ha ha, Renaud Camus a philosopher? Where in the world did that come from? He’s a fiction writer who writes often quite opinionated articles and reviews for magazines and stuff sometimes, but philosopher is a quite a bit of a stretch. Well, I think you should at least consider delivering the monologue. It won’t be like that interview. You can take whatever time you want to prepare your delivery. It’s your film, your call. ** Nick Toti, Hi, Nick. Yeah, Zac and I are determined to keep making films with low budgets. Our first film, ‘LCTG’ cost $40,000. ‘PGL’ cost 140,000 Euros, which was a lot for us although very little compared to other films, even ‘indie’ films here in France. That’s partly because, obviously, low budget films are hugely easier to make, and also because the low investment is preventative re: outside interference in the films since there’s not much money at stake. France is dreamy for this kind of thing because there are, relatively speaking, many ways to get funding for films. It’s shocking to me how incredibly difficult it can be in US even raise small money for films. Wow, you have all kinds of fascinating sounding projects in the works, filmic and otherwise. I’m glad you’re restarting your great column, and hopefully Fanzine will be wise re: your piece for them. A Jarett Kobek adaptation! Great! I like Jarrett’s work very much. I don’t think I’ve read that early book, though, Huh. I will start tracking that down somehow today. Obviously, it sounds very fruitful. Awesome, Nick. What you’re up to really exciting. I look forward to hearing about the progress of the those projects if you don’t mind sharing. Me, I’m also working on a new collaborative dance piece with Gisele Vienne that will premiere in early November. There’s also kind of a huge project I’m involved in that I can’t talk about until next Wednesday when it will hopefully be cemented. And Zac and I are about to start writing the script for our next film. And, a bit longer term but already in early motion, I’m co-writing an ‘opera’, again with Gisele and some other collaborators. So I’m busy and happily so. Thanks a whole lot, man! ** Brendan, B-ster! Good, your rants are more like melting butter. Ha ha, wow, where did that come from? But you get the idea. The Dodgers making the playoffs is not a concern, but them going all the way is just a bridge too far to contemplate crossing given their collapsing thing. But, hey, I’m starting to vaguely almost hope, it’s true. I’m finally gonna get to your email tonight. I’ve been a soldier in Gisele’s army, but I think I get … what do they call it when soldiers get to go home and pet their dogs for a few hours? I forget. Love, me. ** Jamie, Hi J! Thanks on behalf of the escorts. Yes, the ‘crabby’ … ‘mouth’ one was a big favorite here in the blog headquarters. My day was good. Spent all of it in Nanterre working on the dance piece. It’s getting there. I’m not worried. Lots and lots of detail work. Oh, good, miracle of miracles about the Skype workshopping. And, you know, no surprise at all about your ideas making the grade. Yeah, I am/was with you on ‘HoL’. My feeling about that guy in general is that he’s an idea man without the chops to go the distance. Could be worse. Yes, I loved ‘Hospice’! Gregory used to be a commenter here pretty much daily for years. Awesome fella, awesome writer. Excellent that you’re reading him! Here’s hoping both of our Wednesdays will make Wednesday itself kneel. Bucked off a horse love, Dennis. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! That’s very heartbreaking. Words fail. Death is so often so horrible. I’m very glad you’re holding up. It’ll be okay. It’s so strange that it’ll be okay, but it will. Very good that you’re getting SCAB close to the finish line! Giant yay! Remember that I would love to use the blog space to alert everyone to its worth and existence if you’re still into that. The dance piece is getting there. It’s a very complicated work, and the dancers are being amazing about how hard the work is for them. There’s a ways to go, but I’m confident it will be in excellent shape by the time of the premiere. I hope your today is really, really, really good. What happened? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Thanks. It kind of was, wasn’t it? Wow, that Visions building is one ugly building, ha ha! All the better to hold up inside and do amazing work in a place that no one would ever expect amazing work to be made based on a glance at its facade. Just a an ongoing and growing hooray, man! Can’t wait to hear about what you guys do and then see it! ** Misanthrope, Yeah, but SolidGold thinks words are powerful, and you’re a writer so … personally, I can already hear the wedding bells. I have implanted within my brain a signal to pre-edit the word ‘the’ whenever I say Ukraine from now on. Whew. Kyler’s the psychic, man. I’m just a lucky dog. You know it. Glorious Speck would be a good name for something. Hm. ** Okay. I made a new GIF work for Zac and for you, and there it is. See you tomorrow.