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Spotlight on … Sadegh Hedayat The Blind Owl (1937)


‘Perhaps no other modern Iranian writer has been claimed by his countrymen more than Sadegh Hedayat has. Born in Tehran in 1903 to an aristocratic family, Hedayat studied in Paris and went on to become one of the founders of modern fiction in Iran. And while he had a wide range—he wrote nationalist plays, satire, and both realist and surrealist fiction—he is most recognized for his novel The Blind Owl. Published in 1937 in a limited edition in India, where Hedayat was then living, the novel appeared in Iran in 1941 and went on to have a tumultuous existence in the hands of Iran’s ubiquitous censors. Translated into multiple languages, it has been reissued in the United States by Grove Press, with a 1957 translation by D. P. Costello and a poignant introduction by Porochista Khakpour.

‘A tale of one man’s isolation, the novel contains a maze of symbols, recurring images, social commentary, allusions to opium-induced states, contemplations of the human condition, interjections on art, and references to literary and religious texts—all of which have, for decades, made it fertile ground for critical interpretation. The most long-standing theory was espoused by the Iranian Communist Party (Tudeh), with which Hedayat for a time sympathized. The Tudeh’s claim was that the black mood in the book is an allusion to life under Reza Shah, who ruled Iran from 1925 until 1941. But as scholar Homa Katouzian points out in Sadeq Hedayat: The Life and Legend of an Iranian Writer, while Hedayat did oppose the shah’s tyrannical reign, the book is a far more universal statement about alienation. Often compared to the work of Franz Kafka (whom Hedayat admired), The Blind Owl also brings to mind Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet in its stark meditation on dejection.

‘“There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker,” begins the book, and in the pages that ensue we glimpse this solitude, through the narrator’s room, which “stands upon the ruins of thousands of ancient houses… like a tomb”; through the landscape of “crouching, accursed trees,” between which there are “ash-grey houses” where “no living creature could ever have dwelt”; and through the narrator’s estrangement from the “rabble-men” who bear “an expression of greed on their faces, in pursuit of money and sexual satisfaction.”

‘An ethereal girl appearing throughout offers hope. She is the image the narrator paints on his pen cases, a vision he falls in love with, and the portrait on an ancient jar, inside “an almond-shaped panel” (perhaps a reference to a mandorla, an almond-shaped contour found around images of Mary—the almond representing virgin birth). But the girl has a “double nature,” resurfacing as the narrator’s cunning mother, and, later, as his promiscuous wife.

‘Any discussion of Hedayat would be incomplete without mention of his suicide, by gassing, in 1951 in Paris—an event that has overshadowed his work.

‘On April 9, 1951, Sadegh Hedayat entered his rented apartment in Paris, plugged all the doors and windows with cotton, and then turned on the gas valve to liberate himself from all the wounds that had been gnawing on him in seclusion. Two days later, his body was found by police, with a note left behind for his friends and companions that read: “I left and broke your heart. That is all.” The prominent Iranian writer and intellectual had torn up all his unpublished work a few days before his suicide.’ — Dalia Sofer


Talking with a Shadow (2006)

Documentary about the life and works of Sadegh Hedayat. It follows a teacher, a researcher, and a journalist as they discuss some of Hedayat’s most famous works and their influences. The film intermixes the three conversing along with a narrated history of the author with images.

Watch the film here



Sadegh Hedayat’s Corner 
Sadegh Hedayat Tribute Page 
‘This Book Will End Your Life’@ The Rumpus 
Sadegh Hedayat @ Les éditions José Corti 
‘Sadeq Hedayat’s Heritage’ 
Sadegh Hedayat’s ‘Davood the Hunchback’ 
Sadegh Hedayat Page (in Iranian) 
‘The Symbolism of Women in The Blind Owl’ 
‘The Blind Owl’ @ Resistance is Futile 
‘Poisons and Remedies in The Blind Owl’ 
‘What is left for me from Sadegh Hedayat?’ 
Buy ‘The Blind Owl’



Naked Solitude: Sadegh Hedayat

‘The Blind Owl’, an extract

Omar Khayyam-Sadegh Hedayat

Tomb of Sadegh Hedayat



Raoul Ruiz La Chouette Aveugle (1987)
‘A projectionist falls in love with a dancer that he sees onscreen and finds echoes of his own life in the images he projects. Everything changes when fiction and reality merge… For Ruiz, La Chouette aveugle was not so much an adaptation as an adoption of the novel written by Sadegh Hedayat. Free composition in a labyrinthine narrative, this explosion of imagination and creation celebrates the fantastical power of cinema in a fictional continuity, mixing past and present, dream and reality. An existential work as well as gigantic hoax, this flamboyant, this baroque jewel is as enchanting as it is extravagant.’ — pariscinema.org




Sadegh Hedayat The Blind Owl
Grove Press

‘Plot summary: The narrator, a pen-case decorator, falls in love with a girl who is at once angelic and devilish. Later, the girl appears by his doorstep, enters his house, and lies on his bed, where she dies. He cuts up her body and buries her. The narrator, seemingly in a past life, recounts his mental and physical decline following his marriage to a woman who refuses to have sex with him but has countless lovers. He accidentally kills her; Main characters: the narrator (present and past), the girl/narrator’s mother/narrator’s wife, an old peddler/narrator’s father/narrator’s uncle, a butcher;? Representative sentence: “If I have now made up my mind to write it is only in order to reveal myself to my shadow.”’ — The Believer



There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker.

It is impossible to convey a just idea of the agony which this disease can inflict. In general, people are apt to relegate such inconceivable sufferings to the category of the incredible. Any mention of them in conversation or in writing is considered in the light of current beliefs, the individual’s personal beliefs in particular, and tends to provoke a smile of incredulity and derision. The reason for this incomprehension is that mankind has not yet discovered a cure for this disease. Relief from it is to be found only in the oblivion brought about by wine and in the artificial sleep induced by opium and similar narcotics. Alas, the effects of such medicines are only temporary. After a certain point, instead of alleviating the pain, they only intensify it.

Will anyone ever penetrate the secret of this disease which transcends ordinary experience, this reverberation of the shadow of the mind, which manifests itself in a state of coma like that between death and resurrection, when one is neither asleep nor awake?

I propose to deal with only one case of this disease. It concerned me personally and it so shattered my entire being that I shall never be able to drive the thought of it out of my mind. The evil impression which it left has, to a degree that surpasses human understanding, poisoned my life for all time to come. I said “poisoned”: I should have said that I have ever since borne, and will bear for ever, the brand mark of that cautery.

I shall try to set down what I can remember, what has remained in my mind of the sequence of events. I may perhaps be able to draw a general conclusion from it all – but no, that is too much to expect. I may hope to be believed by others or at least to convince myself; for, after all, it does not matter to me whether others believe me or not. My one fear is that tomorrow I may die without having come to know myself. In the course of my life I have discovered that a fearful abyss lies between me and other people and have realized that my best course is to remain silent and keep my thoughts to myself for as long as I can. If I have now made up my mind to write it is only in order to reveal myself to my shadow, that shadow which at this moment is stretched across the wall in the attitude of one devouring with insatiable appetite each word I write. It is for his sake that I wish to make the attempt. Who knows? We may perhaps come to know each other better. Ever since I broke the last ties which held me to the rest of mankind, my one desire has been to attain a better knowledge of myself.

Idle thoughts! Perhaps. Yet they torment me more savagely than any reality could do. Do not the rest of mankind who look like me, who appear to have the same needs and the same passion as I, exist only in order to cheat me? Are they not a mere handful of shadows which have come into existence only that they may mock and cheat me? Is not everything that I feel, see and think something entirely imaginary, something utterly different from reality?

I am writing only for my shadow, which is now stretched across the wall in the light of the lamp. I must make myself known to him.

In this mean world of wretchedness and misery I thought that for once a ray of sunlight had broken upon my life. Alas, it was not sunlight but a passing gleam, a falling star, which flashed upon me, in the form of a woman – or of an angel. In its light, in the course of a second, of a single moment, I beheld all the wretchedness of my existence and apprehended the glory and splendour of the star. After, that brightness disappeared again in the whirlpool of darkness in which it was bound inevitably to disappear. I was unable to retain that passing gleam.

It is three months – no, it is two months and four days – since I lost her from sight but the memory of those magic eyes, of the fatal radiance of those eyes, has remained with me at all times. How can I forget her, who is so intimately bound up with my own existence?

No, I shall never utter her name. For now, with her slender, ethereal, misty form, her great, shining, wondering eyes, in the depths of which my life has slowly and painfully burned and melted away, she no longer belongs to this mean, cruel world. No, I must not defile her name by contact with earthly things.

After she had gone I withdrew from the company of man, from the company of the stupid and the successful and, in order to forget, took refuge in wine and opium. My life passed, and still passes, within the four walls of my room. All my life has passed within four walls.

I used to work through the day, decorating the covers of pen cases. Or, rather, I spent on my trade of pen-case decorator the time that I did not devote to wine and opium. I had chosen this ludicrous trade of pen-case decorator only in order to stupefy myself, in order somehow or other to kill time.

I am fortunate in that the house where I live is situated beyond the edge of the city in a quiet district far from the noise and bustle of life. It is completely isolated and around it lie ruins. Only on the far side of the gully one can see a number of squat mud-brick houses which mark the extreme limit of the city. They must have been built by some fool or madman heaven knows how long ago. When I shut my eyes not only can I see every detail of their structure but I seem to feel the weight of them pressing on my shoulders. They are the sort of houses which one finds depicted only on the covers of ancient pen cases.

I am obliged to set all this down on paper in order to disentangle the various threads of my story. I am obliged to explain it all for the benefit of my shadow on the wall. Yes, in the past only one consolation, and that a poor one, remained to me. Within the four walls of my room I painted my pictures on the pen cases and thereby, thanks to this ludicrous occupation of mine, managed to get through the day. But when once I had seen those two eyes, once I had seen her, activity of any sort lost all meaning, all content, all value for me.

I would mention a strange, an incredible thing. For some reason unknown to me the subject of all my painting was from the very beginning one and the same. It consisted always of a cypress tree at the foot of which was squatting a bent old man like an Indian fakir. He had a long cloak wrapped about him and wore a turban on his head. The index finger of his left hand was pressed to his lips in a gesture of surprise. Before him stood a girl in a long black dress, leaning towards him and offering him a flower of morning glory. Between them ran a little stream. Had I seen the subject of this picture at some time in the past or had it been revealed to me in a dream? I do not know. What I do know is that whenever I sat down to paint I reproduced the same design, the same subject. My hand independently of my will always depicted the same scene. Strangest of all, I found customers for these paintings of mine. I even dispatched some of my pen-case covers to India through the intermediary of my paternal uncle, who used to sell them and remit the money to me.

Somehow I always felt this subject to be remote and, at the same time, curiously familiar to me. I don’t remember very well… It occurs to me that I once said to myself that I must write down what I remember of all this – but that happened much later and has nothing to do with the subject of my painting. Moreover, one consequence of this experience was that I gave up painting altogether. That was two months, or, rather exactly, two months and four days ago.




p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Bizarre but very canny (if wildly impractical) in a way. Thanks for the Nabokov/Pivot link. Ha, Stubby Kaye isn’t a name I’ve heard spoken or even seen written since my parents were young. Flashback. ** Steve Erickson, The 17th Door was extremely well done. Well, basically you’re led/rushed through a series of doors, numbered 1 to 17 obviously, whereupon are suddenly thrust into the midst of various scenarios. In one room, you and fellow guests are lined up against a wall facing bright, kind of blinding lights, a hood is put over your head, told you’re going to be executed by firing squad, and shortly thereafter you start getting shot from head to toe with these tiny pellets that hurt a little bit. That stops, and you’re de-hooded and rushed to the next door. Several doors later, you enter a room and are told you are to execute some people, at which point you see a later group of guests hooded and lined up against a wall. So you realise you had been executed by earlier haunt guests. You’re given a gun full of plastic pellets and you execute the people standing there until your pellets run out, then you’re rushed through the next door. I haven’t heard 100 gecs, but the comparison to Skrillex will probably prevent from ever trying them out. Ugh. Ah, year end lists. You’re starting early, for sure. ** Brendan, Hi, B! Yes, it is very sad about Stephen Dixon. A fantastic, very good, very singular writer. A real loss. I think I did a spotlight post one of his novels years ago that I need to restore. Very nice NYC visit there. And awesome about the Zorn gig. I’ve never seen him live, very strangely. He comes through Paris in various incarnations fairly often, and I really need to catch him. I’m good. You sound really good. ** Bill, Thanks. I’m waiting to hear from our producer if we need to do any last tweaks to the documents. They’re due to the CNC (government funding agency) today. Sold out? Even without much publicity? Must be the robots. All those hungry SRL fans or something. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Swell news about the busy zine fest and ‘Call’ dispersing. ** Misanthrope, Hi. Yep, sad, sad. I don’t think I remember any of KIX’s songs. Off the top of my head. I suppose if I youtube-searched them, I’d go, ‘oh right, them’. Whatever works. Fun is invaluable. Yeah, I’m one who needs 8 hours of sleep or else I felt varying degrees of shitty. Even getting 7 and 3/4 hours, I feel the missing 15 minutes of snooze time. ** N, Hi, N. Welcome! Wow, Forehead. I remember that magazine. Hm, I don’t remember, but I’m thinking that if the story of mine was called ‘David’, it was probably the second chapter of my novel ‘Closer’, which I think is the only fiction thing I’ve written that would have ‘David’ in the title. So my guess is if you get or have a copy of ‘Closer’ and go to Chapter 2, that should be it? Unless I’m blanking out. I hope that helps. Thank you a lot for asking. ** Armando, Hi. There must be — or probably is — a ‘walk-through’ video of the Zombie maze on youtube somewhere? I’ll be in London for just about 24 hours. I’m doing an event there on Friday night. This event. Excellent beyond excellent about your new psychiatrist! I hope that continues to go well and increasingly well. Today, me … other than any last fiddling I might need to do with the funding application docs before they’re due late afternoon, not too much. Go see some art probably. Yeah, probably that. Work on my new gif novel a bit maybe. Phoners with friends. Nothing too dramatic. Your yesterday? ** Right. I’m spotlighting a superb novel today if you don’t already know it. See you tomorrow.

The whereabouts of Declan Crouch


Missing teenager, Machans Beach, Cairns

QLD Police are seeking assistance from members of the public in the search for a missing 13-year-old boy from Machans Beach. Initial investigations indicate the youth left school on Wednesday afternoon on a bus bound for home. Declan Crouch caught the bus from Hoare Street, Manunda around 3pm. Declan’s school bag and uniform were later located at home. Police and the boy’s family have conducted numerous checks with friends and are seeking information from the public. Police hold serious concerns for the 13-year-old as it is out of character for him not to contact his family. He is described as around 170cm tall with a slim build and collar length brown hair usually worn over his eyes. He may be wearing black or maroon basketball shorts and a black t-shirt.


Search continues for missing boy, 13
March 14, 2011 8:57AM

POLICE and SES volunteers are continuing their desperate search for a missing 13-year-old boy from Cairns who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday night. About 17 SES volunteers searched through thick bushland and paddocks near the boy’s home yesterday but failed to find any clues to his whereabouts. A ground search and door knocks will continue today and possibly an aerial search by helicopter. Declan was last seen catching the bus home from school on Hoare St, Manunda on Wednesday about 3pm. His school bag and uniform were found at home. It’s understood he may have been upset after an argument with a family member.


Police hold fears for missing Machans Beach teen, 13
March 14, 2011 12:46PM

THE desperate search for a missing 13-year-old schoolboy continues, after a sweep through dense bushland yesterday failed to find any clues to his whereabouts. Now missing for five days, Cairns Police Child Protection Det Sgt Mick Gooiker said police held serious concerns for the young boy. “We’re very concerned about his disappearance,” Sgt Gooiker said. “He has been upset with things at home and left, but none of his friends have heard from him since. If he is staying with friends, that’s fine, we just need them to contact police to let everyone know that he is all right. He hasn’t popped his head up on any of the social network sites and according to his friends he hasn’t been in touch with them either, which is out of character for any 13-year-old.” Insp Ellis said Declan’s mother mentioned he “goes for a run” when he gets angry and was checking the area to make sure he hadn’t come into harm. Police also confirmed Declan may have dyed his hair with a purple tinge about two weeks ago.


Mother hopeful missing son will be found
Mar 14, 2011 6:50pm

The mother of a 13-year-old north Cairns boy who went missing five days ago says she remains positive he will be found safe. “By this stage I’m wondering how the hell he’s managing because he’s only 13,” she said. “He’s very inexperienced. He’s very young. He’s not street-wise. I just want him to come home and just to know that everything is fine… or if he can just ring us and let us know.” Cairns Police Child Protection officer-in-charge Glenn Horan said it appeared Declan went home, changed out of his school uniform and left the house without any personal possessions. “He certainly doesn’t have access to many funds and he had no phone with him and it does appear that he hasn’t accessed any of his computer accounts,” Sen Sgt Horan said.


Search for missing Cairns teenager continues
March 16 2011

Police are hoping that a mannequin dressed in clothing similar to that of missing boy Declan Crouch placed at his last known location will prompt any witnesses to come forward. The mannequin will be placed in the vicinity of Machan’s Beach and police and detectives hope to speak with pedestrians and locals in the area to garner any further information about the missing 13-year-old boy.


Missing Cairns teen Declan Crouch may be in Victoria, police say
March 17, 2011 8:49AM

Friends of 13-year-old only Declan Crouch said he had been talking about heading to Victoria before disappearing suddenly more than a week ago. The Trinity Bay High School teen – popular with the girls and into music, books, and computers – got off the bus from school, got changed at home, and vanished, taking nothing with him. “He was well-liked, had a tight-knit circle of friends, loves reading adventure and fantasy books, listens to music on his iPod touch and burns off energy by jogging in nearby bushland, his bewildered mother said. “We are in the dark as to what made him leave.”


Police hope video helps find missing boy
Mar 22, 2011 10:13am

Police in far north Queensland have released home video of missing 13-year-old boy Declan Crouch to help people identify him. Police have used a mannequin dressed in similar clothing at the place he was last seen to try to draw more information from the public. The teenager has also not used his bank account, his social networking sites or contacted friends since his disappearance. Senior Constable Russell Parker says a search of local bushland, creeks and rivers is continuing.


Mum still believes Declan Crouch is in hiding
March 31, 2011 11:57AM

Thirteen-year-old Declan Crouch has been missing since leaving his family’s home at Machans Beach, near Cairns, after school on March 9. His mother, Ruth, today said she believed her son was in hiding somewhere but realised he may have met with harm. “In my heart, I really think he’s hiding, but in my head I appreciate that there are certain other options police need to consider,” she told ABC Radio today. “But at this point I’m not even going there.” Ms Crouch said the only reason she could think of for he son’s disappearance was that Declan, who she described as “extremely intelligent”, was not very engaged with his schooling. She also said Declan had expressed a desire to go to Canada as she drove him to school on the morning he disappeared. “He wanted to go now, of course. But I said you can’t go now but maybe down the track you can do an exchange program or when you are older you can do a gap year.” However, she said, he’d left his passport at home and wouldn’t have been able to book a flight. She otherwise painted a picture of a typical teenage boy who loved heavy music, dark clothes, soft drink and computer games. Ms Crouch said her son had a “vivid imagination” and would think he could get by on his own. “That’s my real concern – that he thinks he can manage but may get himself into situations he thinks he can handle.”


Suicide suspicions in case of missing Cairns teenager Declan Crouch
June 03, 20117:21AM

After nearly three months of intense searching and a nationwide appeal, police believe they may have discovered the 13-year-old’s body just 300m from his family home. Police divers found skeletal remains in a hard-to-reach pocket of tidal wetlands behind his Machans Beach home, in the northern beaches of Cairns. When asked directly about the possibility of suicide, Detective Senior Sergeant Glen Horan said there were “signs” found with the remains that indicated the death was not suspicious, but would not elaborate. DNA samples, clothing and other, undisclosed, items found at the scene have been sent to the John Tonge centre in Brisbane. However, it was likely to take days for confirmation of the identity of the remains. Declan Crouch was known by his school friends as an “Emo”, an emotional goth, a sometime loner who dyed his hair, played computer games and preferred to listen to music rather than play team sport. Mrs Crouch told The Courier-Mail in an earlier interview he was bored with school and they had argued over his internet use.


Missing Cairns teen took his own life
June 11, 2011

Family and friends of Cairns teenager Declan Crouch are struggling to cope with news the 13-year-old took his own life. Police divers found Declan’s body in a mangrove swamp area near his Machans Beach home on June 1 but his grieving family have had to wait over a week for DNA confirmation that it was the 13-year-old. Cairns Police Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Horan said the death was not suspicious and it appeared the teenager had taken his own life. “There is some evidence that Declan has taken his own life,” he said, adding that the boy’s family had asked him not to disclose further details.


Mourners say farewell to Declan Crouch
Jun 22 2011 17:45

He was a sensitive, kind-hearted 13-year-old boy who bore a resemblance to North American pop idols Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas. Since the discovery of his body in a mangrove swamp just 300 metres from his family’s Machans Beach home earlier this month, family and friends have been at a loss to understand why Declan would have taken his own life. A picture emerged of a decent young man with a sensitivity not often found among boys his age. He was a vegetarian who would rescue bugs from inside his family’s home before his sister had a chance to squish them and a supportive ear for his many friends as they endured the joys and tribulations of growing up. “He was like a philosopher at age 13,” his uncle Brian Crouch told mourners. Yet in many ways he was a typical teenager: one obsessed with emo music and who, as a friend told the service, once headbanged so hard his mother Ruth had to take him to see a chiropractor. Performance arts teacher Chris Mckenna, who hosted a holiday program Declan took part in, urged his friends to remember him as a fun, cheeky young man. “He was a bunch of fun, a cheeky little rat and I loved that about him,” he said.


Ruth Crouch confronting the suicide taboo
July 14th, 2012

It’s been more than a year since Declan Crouch’s body was found in dense scrub behind the family’s Machans Beach home. “I knew, I knew that there was a chance that he had suicided, but none of it made sense – he’s got a loving family, he’s got heaps of friends, he’s not being bullied, so why would he?” Declan’s mother Ruth asks herself. Looking back, there were telltale signs of Declan’s deep despair, but Ruth didn’t pick up on them. The tragic irony for the 56-year-old social worker is that her daily work involves assessing the suicide risk in her distressed clients. “I’ve been angry with myself for having knowledge in that area and still not being able to pick it or prevent it in my own family.” Only in retrospect is Ruth able to see what seems so obvious to her now. Her son Declan, who was enthusiastic and social during his pre‑teens, had become withdrawn and disinterested in the friendships he used to treasure. “I was actively encouraging him by asking ‘Who are you going to see this weekend’, or whose house do you want me to drop you at or do you want to invite somebody over?’ but he would just say ‘no’,” Ruth remembers. She could have had no idea about the private Facebook conversations Declan had with his mates about suicide or the sketches scrunched up in the back of his drawer depicting suicide. Ruth doesn’t hear much from the other school mums nowadays. But she doesn’t blame anyone for keeping their distance, especially the mothers of other young boys around Declan’s age. “If it was you, wouldn’t you be thinking ‘Oh my God, I wonder if it’s contagious? I miss those relationships, I really miss them, but it’s not their fault. They’re just responding to the stigma as well.”





p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. He likes all kinds of crazy stuff. ** Dominick, Hi, pal! Yeah, the LA trip was pretty maxed out. The teens who do Twisted Minds are great. Super amateurish but super ambitious, a great combo. The 17th Door was a total blast. Very participatory and non-stop. They executed us in a firing squad, had us execute others in a firing squad, smothered us, put us in coffins with breakaway backs that dropped us ten feet onto a bouncy floor, etc., all without displeasure. Great about the psych evaluation. That was fast, no? Wow. I hope the blood test goes smoothly and unpainfnully today. My jet lag is hanging in there, and I’m still sans enough sleep, and I’m very over feeling like this. Tomorrow our producer submits the application for Zac’s and my new film’s first possible funding grant. I’ve been scrambling to finish all the documents. The TV project is in the most hellish state ever, and I don’t even know anymore what’s going to happen. Those tasks are what I came home to. What’s happening this week for you? You managing to find time and space to exercise that great imagination/talent of yours? Big love in return. ** Misanthrope, Well, hey there, George. Yeah, I don’t miss being an obsessive baseball follower. Or not too much. And I’ve managed not to get very engaged in the obsessive soccer tracking that grips most people here. Dude, sleep should be top priority. I say that as someone who’s deprived and suffering at the moment. KIX? Like … that 80s hair metal band? How weird. And fun probably. Aces on the new contract! That’s great, man! Celebrate? ** Steve Erickson, Thanks a lot for the link to that channel. I should … Everyone, Hark, Mr. Erickson has a hot, steamy tip for you. Steve: ‘I’ve found the page of a guy from Florida who has posted close to 9,000 films to a Russian equivalent of YouTube. Many of them are readily accessible in the US, but he’s also, for instance, put up hundreds of Argentine films and, so far this month, posted loads of Japanese films, including titles by Shunji Iwai, Takashi Miike, Koji Wakamatsu and Shohei Imamura. Also, there’s the TALES FROM THE CRYPT TV series!’ Ah, hm, I see about your concerns re: your film. I hope your editor has ideas about how to get rid of that resemblance. There must be a way. ** Bill, Hi. Oh, I don’t think I’ll actually end up seeing ‘Dr. Sleep’, especially since airlines seem to have a policy against having horror films in their in-flight entertainment menus since that’s where I would see it, I reckon. Oh, right, you guys have a long weekend. I don’t think we do. Float gently down its stream. (Sorry, jet lag talking). ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, B. Really glad you dug it. How was the zine fair? ** Armando, Hi, man. Oh, my pleasure. Always thrilled to share the haunted house attraction love. The Rob Zombie maze at Universal was very good. He always does one there, and they’re hit or miss, but this one was tops. No, I don’t I even know what El Bordello Alexandra is, unless my jet lag is failing me. I’ll find out. So sorry to hear about the issues you’re dealing with. Hugs if they help whatsoever. Today, me: finalise some grant application docs re: Zac’s and my new film which are due tomorrow. Coffee with a friend. Figure out what I need to do for my trip to London on Friday. This and that. What did your day make for you? ** Corey Heiferman, Hey, Corey, good to see you! I figured you were very busied by school and making stuff and so on. Man, you do sound very busy. In, obviously, the best possible way. Prodigiousness is the key. Getting that head of steam and then focusing and organising it. Works for me, and you sound ultra-productive and subdivided by solidly excellent different things. I like all of those film ideas. Wow. I’d love to be at The Temenos, but it seems like a pretty unlikely occurrence, although … I don’t know why. Maybe. Would be something else. Excellent day to you, bud. ** Okay. Today I have a sad story for you. Sorry and/or you’re welcome. See you tomorrow.

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