p.s. Hey. I’m on the new episode of Bookworm talking with Michael Silverblatt about ‘I Wished’ if anyone’s interested. Here. ** JM, Hi. Your thing in SCAB is fantastic, man. Very excited for the full novel or novella. (In my world, there’s hardly any difference.) Wow, the blog as a fake waterfall, I like that. That’s my new template. Boyfriends with alternate reading tastes can be very useful. I would never have read ‘Lord of the Rings’ if one of my boyfriends wasn’t obsessed with it and insisted we read it aloud together. Oh, hm, on suggestions re: your bf. I guess it depends on his extant tastes. I always think minimalist prose is a worth a try. Clean sentences with just enough pizzazz for you and enough narrative propulsion for him? Hm. Have a lovely one whatever that one is. ** David, I like when people cry. It makes you realise how complex they are. Happy that old Duran Duran still had enough fire in their … bellies? I try to avoid seeing bands from my distant past, but I am tempted to see Pavement next year. ** Dominik, Hi!!! I’m about halfway through the new SCAB and I think I have to agree with whoever said it’s probably the best one yet. You so rule. Word. Serious. Yeah, I definitely don’t think the curious experience of eating with a numb mouth is worth the dentistry. Well, Disneyland is obsessively clean. I used to do this thing where I would deliberately drop a piece of trash on the ground and wait to see how long before some cast member swept it up. I think the longest that ever took was 41 seconds. So they don’t let gum in for fear you’ll throw your chewed up wad on the ground and someone will step on it, thereby making it difficult to clean away. It won’t surprise you that having a fake waterfall in my apartment is one of my dreamiest dreams. Plus a whole river. Sigh. Thank you for knowing me so well. Love making every porn star in the world extremely ticklish, G. ** Misanthrope, G, sir. I’m going go walk down to the big English language bookstore today with high hopes that they have the new Joy Williams in stock which is highly unlikely but if they don’t I’ll just buy the new issue of The Wire. Japanese food followed by a Carvel cake is so wrong it’s right. You’re money’s bitch, admit it, whore. ** Sypha, I never saw ‘Monk’. That office sounds nice, though. Maybe I can find a gif of it. Tally ho. ** _Black_Acrylic, I’ve had at least one snow globe day here, maybe two, but whether they’re alive at the moment is a question I will endeavor to answer and correct if not. I love snow globes. They age so badly though, it’s a sin. Cool re: the happy union of you and ‘IW’. ** Jamie, Water features in shopping malls are nice, yeah. Weird, huh. Or maybe not. Weird to be an intelligent, discerning person who likes them maybe. Maybe it’s because I always took showers growing up, but the few times I’ve been forced to take a bath I was so bored I could have screamed. Strange. If you move fast enough, the still hot pasta sort of heats up the non-cooked pasta sauce to an acceptable degree. Or that’s my excuse, ha ha. When I’m hungry, I just want it over with. Which is weird. I eat basically the exact same thing every single day, and I don’t mind at all. My yesterday was pretty good. Zac and I went to the Musee de Chasse et la Nature, which is arguably the greatest single thing in Paris. It has been closed for a year for refurbishing, and they’ve added a whole new floor, so that was exciting. Then we had coffee and cupcakes with Michael Salerno and this young guy, Ange, who’s the star of Michael’s great new film. That was nice, and Ange is awesome, and Zac and I immediately want to ask him if he’d be into playing one of the main roles in our film, so that’s potentiality great if he’s interested. And the usual work and stuff. Not bad. As for your day, aww, and oops, although it sounds kind of wonderfully Tati-ish in your telling. May festivities on your end constitute the entirety of your Friday. Love, me. ** David Ehrenstein, I can’t read/find out who Jean-Claude Van Italie is because of the NYT paywall, but I’ll find out elsewhere. Robert Pollard was on Colbert last night? Ha ha. ** Max B, Hi, Max! How are you? Thank you so, so much! I’m so happy you like the novel. That’s so nice to hear. Thank you! I’m pretty good, and you? ** trees, Hey, Ted! Wow! And you’re still trees after all this time. Thank you for coming in. I follow you on FB pretty closely, and I’m ever more a fan of your amazing poetry. I hope all is splendid with you. Love from the other big city with a P in front of it. ** Steve Erickson, Ah, interesting, about ‘Titane’. I’ve heard a lot of neg about it in the last couple of days. I think I’ll watch ‘Raw’ first. You can’t fault someone for wanting/needing to make money from their work, although he could do both. Codex is a nice name for a bookstore. ** T, Hi, T. Maybe Ikea does already. I live across the street from one which I never entered strangely, but now I have a reason. Muted can be good. Muted is usually a positive word in my lexicon. So, sounds great enough. Yes, I know and like Ikeda’s work. I actually know him a little. He lives in Paris part-time. My collaborator Gisele baby-sits his dog when he goes out of town. The effect you’re proposing for text is a toughie in my experience because, yeah, to mute — there you go — a word’s content is very hard to do partly because people get irritated when you deliberately do that, which is why concrete poetry is so unpopular. But it’s a great goal, and I know I’ve tried to find ways to do it. You didn’t ramble, you rewarded. I wish the very same thing for your Friday. Did it happen? ** Florian AF, Hi, F. Puce Mary is amazing. And she’s having an extended artist residency in Paris right now, so I get to hang out with her a lot, which is great, obviously. Thanks, thanks! ** Brian, Fake waterfalls’ alarming qualities are very underrated. Oh, right, online school. God, what a mess. I … think all schooling here is back to being in person again ‘cos we’re doing really well at the moment. More and more people I trust are warding me off having high hopes for ‘Titane’, so now I don’t know. I’m wary but interested enough about the new Noe. Dying for the Anderson. Quite excited for the new Weerasethakul. Pretty interested to see the new Almodovar. Scared of the new Dumont based on the trailer. Avoiding ‘Dune’ like the plague. I forget what else. Museum run, me too.I laid out my Thursday to Jamie up above. It was good. I was into it. Friday? What’s on your score card? ** Bill, Oh, man, thank you, Bill. I know what high standards you have, and that means a ton. That’s so good to hear. Yeah, it is kind of scary having that novel out in the world. I feel inordinately spooked. And it was very intense to write, which I guess you could tell. Really, thank you so much for telling me that, Bill. ** h (now j), Hi! It’s not scary like my usual scary. It’s a different kind of scary, ha ha. Thank you! You are very not forgotten, my friend. I was going to be in NYC right about now for book stuff, but everything got cancelled, so, when I do get there, hopefully soonish, it’ll probablybe for other reasons. Take care! ** Right. Today I made the thing up there for you, and, well, for me too obviously, and that’s the scoop. See you tomorrow.