p.s. Hey. ** Shane Christmass, Hi, Shane. I thought so. Oh, duh, I spaced. I guess the BBDB thing did throw me. Yeah, I liked that book a lot. I agree with you. Excellent, a new story by you with a, yes, most excellent title! Everyone, the fine writer Shane Christmass has a new story up and readable, and its title is ‘Aerosmith Heroin’, which is surely another compelling reason to get thee to it. Excited to read it, thanks! ** Misanthrope, Thanks. Yeah, I mean, yeah, it’s very tough about Chris. Words don’t seem to work about it. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, B. Great, great, about the smooth sailing. My second is on Friday, and … yay/eek. ** Dominik, Hi!!!! Cool. Yeah, try to keep whatever internal writing-related fire flickering at least until the keyboard is all yours again. My Monday was pretty good. Ate a pizza and a sublime pistachio escargot pastry and wandered around in my favourite arr. the 10th with Zac and our buddy Michael aka Kiddiepunk and watched the new, entertaining enough if not at all great horror movie ‘The Conjuring 3’. Not bad. Fun to try to imagine that face of love’s and yours. Hm, so much must have been going through your mind at that moment, ha ha. Love like a skeleton key that unlocks everything, and mean everything!, G. ** Jamie, Hi, J. His stuff is pretty relentlessly cool and fun. My Monday was pretty nice. (See: my descr. to Dominick). Oh, and I got tickets to see the great, great Brigite Fontaine give a rare concert at the Pinault Foundation on Thursday night. That ex-shopping center sounds very charismatic. I love ex-things, as I guess the blog occasionally makes clear. Any Tuesday goodies on your end? I hope it’s sunshiny to the ideal degree. Love, me. ** T, Hi. Cool, I’m glad Markey’s stuff made it into your eyeballs. I’m not very into guitar music these days myself after it being my main diet for a long time. But those were good guitar days. Non-taxing day job, gotcha, very sensible. Teaching English to non-or-semi-speakers: I have friends who do that and are pretty okay with it. Wow, maybe in Paris? On its outskirts? Which outskirts? Some of them are rather intense places, not necessarily in a negative way. How did you know I like synthetic mint? Maybe everyone does. i hope your Tuesday treats your Monday like it’s made of Silly Putty. ** Steve Erickson, Apparently the Black Flag doc is them on their teetering last legs, which sounds very interesting to me although hardcore BF fans pooh-pooh it for that very reason. I don’t know if BOTTLED SONGS is findable, but I’ll certainly try. In my understanding, the traditional ‘literary fiction’ practiced mostly by straight white guys is having a hard time finding traction amongst major publishers, but ‘literary fiction’ by others, especially if it’s issue or identity oriented, is desirable and feasible and buzzy right now — Vuong, Greenwell, Kushner, Yanagihara, etc., etc. So I would say it’s more that the ‘literary fiction’ genre has become something that, with exceptions, needs to have a non-fictional, ‘relevant’ vibe or content to break through. ** Jack Skelley, Oh, wow! You guys are in the Lovedolls movie?! How did I not remember that? Okay, I’m gonna rewatch it or at least FF to you. Thanks, pal o’ mine! ** Brian, Howdy, Brian. Thanks, man. ‘Amarcord’ is a good example in that it’s very well and interestingly made but very given to nostalgia and sentiment, and those things are radioactive to me, so I have to grit my teeth while watching. But, yeah, Fellini is great at what he does. Sometimes. I would avoid his late/last films, if I were you. I remember liking Coppola’s ‘Dracula’ at least to some degree. It’s been ages. I’m not the biggest Winona Ryder fan, but then I know someone who dated her unhappily at one point, and so knowledge of the real her probably colors the acting her for me. Anyway, you had fun with it. That’s all that matters in this god forsaken world. And it was guaranteed better than ‘The Conjuring 3’, which I watched last night, and which was fun enough, but … Good, relax, get another movie under your belt, and enjoy. And I’ll do something similar perhaps. ** Dalton, Hey, Dalton! Ha ha, that’s nice, and you could be right. Good question re: grunge. For a minute there it seemed like grunge was going to be the big new nostalgia/ revival thing, but then it didn’t seen to actually happen. Curious. I think rock may be too out of fashion in general right now or something. The Foo Fighters being treated like a great, important band seems like some kind of death knell. Consider me hungry-eyed and -brained for your writing whenever you think the time is right. I understand the wariness there. I still almost never show my fiction to people until I feel like it’s absolutely finished. Strange. That does sound intense: your writing soundtrack. Huh. No way to milk it for anything? I’m mostly a morning writer, so for me it’s mostly iPhone wake up alarms going off in the apartments around me, which actually has kind of a cheerful effect. But it’s not really milkable. Thanks, I hope your day offers, I don’t know, serenity? Do you like serenity? I don’t think I do, weirdly. So never mind. 24 hours of greatness to you in whatever form then. ** Okay. Today for some odd reason I give you illegible — although kind of legible in some cases — autographs. I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with them. Just seemed like stacking a bunch of them up constituted a plan at time. See you tomorrow.