p.s. Hey. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! I guess I’m lucky in that sense, yeah. I don’t think I get grey. I get stressed out, which seems kind of too rattly or something to feel grey but maybe it is. Hm. How did the interview go? Are the interviews long and in depth? Do you have rules or something about what you’re supposed to ask, or can you improvise based on what each person is like and how they interest you, or both? My day was, as expected, full of auditions. It didn’t go so well yesterday, meaning we didn’t end up thinking any of the prospects were right. But it was okay. One quite annoying this is that … I’ve had this thing, condition (?) since I was a kid called impetigo. It’s this contagious skin condition, and, when you get it once, you’ll always keep getting it all your life. And you always get it in the same place on your body, which, in my case, is on my right arm near my elbow. It’s red, very itchy bumps, usually in kind of a circle. I used to get it every couple of years for a long time, but I haven’t had it happen for, like, twenty years, but yesterday my arm felt itchy, and, bang, there it was. It’s no big deal, but it’s a drag, and lasts usually a week or two, so now my arm is ugly and itchy. Other than that, yesterday was unsuccessful on the film work front, but okay. Today we’re seeing two prospects, including the guy we really want for the main role, so — fingers very crossed — we’ll offer him the role, and he’ll say yes. How was your day? What’d you do? ** Jamie, Salut, Jamie! Oh, wow, you can bet I would have been extremely interested to hear Hannah’s lecture. I think you know I’m a huge Nouveau Roman buff. Did she talk about Robert Pinget, do you remember? He’s less widely celebrated than some of the others, but he’s probably my favorite. Man, how awesome is Hannah! I hope I get to meet her (and you, obviously) sometime. Cool, yeah, his films are pretty special. Gary Lutz: He’s extremely not prolific. He’s known to work on single sentences for months. He’s the epitome of the ‘writer’s writer’. He does things with sentences that make the heads of sentence-fetishists like me explode. Anyway, if you can get ahold of them, probably the best way in would be one his two longer — not that they’re long — books: ‘I Looked Alive’ and ‘Stories in the Worst Way.’ but you can’t go wrong. The new book is really tiny, four stories, but it’s fantastic. I also highly recommend, if you’re sufficiently interested, a great essay by him called ‘The Sentence Is a Lonely Place’ that you can read here. Shit, I was going to think up three questions for you, and I was excited to do so, but, as I told Dora, I came down this obnoxious skin condition thing, and it’s very itchy, and it fucked with my concentration. Ouch, the dentist. I hope he or she declared your mouth an oasis. Today Zac and I are seeing a possible film performer, a cool 15 year-old girl, and then the guy we really want for the lead role to whom we will be offering the role in desperate hope that he’ll accept. Fingers crossed. And some apartment figuring out. And a lot of forcing myself not to itch my extremely itchy right arm. How did everything turn out for you today? Love avalanche, Dennis. ** Raymond, Hi! Oh, thank you again! Cool, well more than cool, that you’re imminently with a child. Close friends of mine here in Paris just had a kid in December, and they’re very happy about that and very exhausted by that. Be prepared. DIY is definitely a very mixed bag. Jesus, me too about the strength and growth and perseverance and so on of the rising left where you are, and here in France too where that’s happening as well. Not to mention in the US, duh. I have hope about it. It feels real and deep and not just trendy so far. Great that you’re finding the poetry scene there interesting and are smoothly involving yourself. I was saddened by Tom Raworth’s death the other day. When I was a starting poet, I was really into this long ago anthology called ‘Children of Albion’ which collected what I guess was the UK’s avant-poets of that era, the 60s, 70s, and his poems were the most lightning bolt-like. No, I don’t know Keston Sutherland or that book. I will definitely seek it out. Thank you! You know, it’s very strange to realize upon you mentioning it that I don’t think I’ve done a full Coil post before, which is kind of inexplicable. I totally will do that, and if you want to help and contribute anything to it, that would be very awesome and incredibly welcome. Thank you very much for the jog and for the great offer. Let know. And have a great day! ** Sypha, Hi. I think they put out, yeah, maybe four or five books. ‘The Sluts’, two or three of Peter’s books, and I think another book maybe too that I’m blanking on. ** David Ehrenstein, Thanks, D, and, yes, interesting points of comparison. ** Steevee, Hi. Yes, all the Trump leakage is pretty suspicious and as possibly actual leakage as it is deliberate fishing. I think it’s extremely important to stay diligent and not allow ourselves to become too confused or overwhelmed or numb. The hatefulness of all of it is real, and I think we’ll learn how to play the game and win as long as we stay very attentive and maintain as much reason and logic as we can. Something on that order. Bewildering. I’ll read that article, thanks. I have very low tolerance of those accusations against Linklater, which seem like PC-squared-off control freakery to me, and I’m curious to see the writer’s take. Thanks! ** New Juche, Hey, Joe. I can’t figure out why the French ‘Sluts’ would be so pricey since it’s in print and easily available, at least over here. No, we’re far from finished with the auditions. Assuming/hoping that the guy we want to play the lead says yes to us today, that’s the only role will have cast, and there are four more main roles and maybe 10 smaller roles that aren’t filled yet. We have a ways to go. This weekend? Auditions, apartment hunting, itching my arm, and on Sunday there’s a rare-ish performance of Gisele’s and my very first collaborative piece ‘I Apologize’ here in Paris, so that’ll be involving. Other than that, the weekend is a crapshoot. So, for me, work and coffee. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. Happy his films caught your eye and intrigued you, Ben. ** Kier, Kier! It was so, so great to get to ‘see’ you and talk with you yesterday! Zac was thrilled to get to meet you. He’s been a massive fan of yours forever. And we’re both over the moon that you want to collaborate with us on the film! Thank you so much! I promise the film will be worthy. I really think it’s going to be great, I really do. No, the auditions were kind of a bust yesterday, but that’s okay. You’re doing your writing thing, cool! How is it going/did it go? I hope you had a great sleep, and we’ll be in touch really soon about the film shebang. Hooray! Love, me. ** Statictick, Hi, N. Lipsett’s stuff is pretty unknown outside of the experimental film buff crowd, so no worries. The emailing plan is A-okay. Good ice sculptures are few and far between, or, well, really good ones. ** Misanthrope, I like to think anyone would have done it. I suppose it’s partly animal instinct or something, But still: hero = you. The really interesting thing about language, and this is really true in English, is how you’ll use one word, ‘love’, ‘great’, etc., to cover so many variations of meaning, partly out of laziness, but it results in those basic words becoming kind of nuclear and poetic, and it’s all about the detailed inflection in how you say the word. The French do that too, and it’s hell if you’re trying to understand what a person is saying when you barely know the basic shit about the language. I say ‘great’ about almost everything, and I just kind of alter my tone or expression slightly to add the needed nuance, and I forget all the time that French people only hear the dictionary definition of ‘great’ when I do that. Weird and really interesting stuff, no, nerdy or not? ** Jeff J, Hi, Jeff. Cool, so you know Lipsett’s work. Generally whenever I meet someone who knows of him, it’s almost always just an awareness on their part that his stuff influenced George Lucas. Good question about Bruce Conner’s films. I did a big Bruce Conner film post here a few years ago, as you might remember, and it had a fair number of embeds of his films and excerpts, and the next day I got an email from the handlers of his work asking me to take it down because Conner didn’t want his work to be viewed online, and of course I immediately took the post offline. Now that he’s deceased, I wonder if the rules will be relaxed or not. Plus, given the retrosective that’s traveling around and the greater attention it has drawn to his work, you would think there’d be a call for his films to be made more widely available. It’s a crime that his films are so hard to see. We will know at approximately 2:30 pm today Paris time if the guy has agreed to play the role. We feel like he will, but, still, given his perfectness for the part, gulp. Thanks for the finger crossing. ** Bill, Hi, Bill. My total pleasure. Yes, I devoured the new Gary Lutz, which doesn’t take long since it’s tiny, and, duh, highly recommended. I hope you find a pot of gold in those salt mines. Or, wait, the pot of gold is at the end of rainbow, so I guess I mean nuggets, many many nuggets. ** Okay. Do you like watching things revolve in a straight line and at various speeds? Apparently I do. See you tomorrow.