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A structure made of scaffolding, for workers to stand on while working on a building. Middle English scaffold, scaffalde, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, from Old French eschaffaut, escadafaut (“platform to see a tournament”), from Late Latin scadafaltum, from ex- + *cadafaltum, catafalcum (“view-stage”), from Old Italian *catare (“to view, see”) + falco (“a stage”), a variant of balco (“stage, beam, balk”), from Lombardic palko, palcho (“scaffold, balk, beam”), from Proto-Germanic *balkô (“beam, rafter”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (“beam, plank”). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho (“scaffold, balk, beam”). Pronunciation: (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskæfəʊld/, (US) IPA(key): /ˈskæfəld/ or IPA(key): /ˈskæfl ̩d/

 

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Introduction


Introduction to Scaffolding : Basic Terms


Scaffolding Design 3D Tube & Fitting / Modular

 

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Types

 

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Collapses


Denmark


London


Melbourne


Surrey


London

 

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Jean Genet

‘Here are the trees again – I haven’t really conveyed how fragile they were. The yellow leaves were attached to the branches by a fine yet real stalk, but the forest itself looked as frail to me as a scaffolding that vanishes when a building’s finished. It was insubstantial, more like a sketch of a forest, a makeshift forest with any old leaves, but sheltering soldiers so beautiful to look at they filled it with peace.’

‘He was free to leave his body, the audacious scaffolding for his balls. Their weight and beauty he knew. With one hand, calmly, he opened the folding knife he had in the pocket of his peacoat.’

‘Nothing in the world was odd: the stars on a general’s sleeve, the stock−market quotations, the brief life of the scaffolding, it is the elaboration of that expedition which takes to the sea and continues.’

‘I cling to myself on the scaffolding of my onanistically created characters, to prove their … what?’

‘The scaffolding of bodies, still a shelter for noxious acts collapsed into regret.’

 

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Resources

The Scaffolding Magazine
National Access & Scaffolding Federation
Safety requirements for scaffolding
Industrial scaffolding @ eBay

 

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Examples

 

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News

Four Painters Moving Scaffolding Hit By Ten Thousand Volt Electric Shock

Watch frightening moment daredevil fan falls from scaffolding during A$AP Rocky performance

Hearst Tower Scaffold Collapse Traps Two Window Washers

Guillaume Mazars Reimagines El Lissitzky’s Horizontal Skyscrapers In Scaffold And LEDs

The Strange World of Scaffolding and Why We’ll Be Seeing More of It

Helicopter filmed hitting scaffolding and tearing itself apart

Insane Workers Assemble Scaffolding

Construction worker left with HALF A HEAD after horrific scaffolding accident has skull rebuilt

Dozens Hurt When NYC Tour Bus Crashes Into Scaffolding

Justin Bieber descends from the scaffolding dressed as an angel

Bubble Wrap Saves Falling Scaffolding Worker

Daredevil rooftop ‘free runners’ shot by airgun sniper as they scaled scaffolding

 

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Movies


The Dark Knight


Ask the Dust


Jurassic Park 3


Fellini’s Roma



Transcendence


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey




Duncan Jones’s Moon


The Hundred Foot Journey



Louis Malle’s Alamo Bay



Ironclad


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


Safety First


Giant


The Shining

 

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Science fiction

‘Science fiction writers need to build out their worlds with enough detail and system knowledge to provide consistent scaffolding for character behavior, allowing the reader (and the author) to understand the flow of the story logic. It’s often the case that a good portion of the world-building happens behind the scenes — written for the author’s own use, but never showing up directly on the page. But there’s little need for science fiction writers to build their worlds beyond that scaffolding. Futurists need to make as much of their world-building explicitly visible as possible (and here the primary constraint is usually the intersection of limits to report length and limits to reader/client attention); any “behind the scenes” scaffolding risks leaving out critical insights, as often the most important ideas to emerge from foresight work concerns those basic technology drivers and societal dynamics. When a futurist narrative includes a story (with or without a main character), that story serves primarily to illuminate key elements of the internally-consistent, plausible scaffolding. In science fiction, the scaffolding supports the story; in futurism, the story supports the scaffolding.’ — Jamais Cascio

 

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Art

‘Sarah Sze’s mixed-media installation Book of Parts (Centennial) is made up of tiny wood, plaster, felt and string objects that are ‘put on display’ across a large metal scaffolding. The work, dramatically lit, occupies an entire gallery in the museum’s modern and contemporary art section. Sze represented the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennal.’ — Blouin Art Info

 

‘Highly evocative machines, small planes are capable of stirring up passionate feelings of wanderlust and the romance of travel. They are also symbolic of a particular kind of fearlessness and an individual will we often associate with the long solo voyage. Inspired by tales of journeys on small aircraft, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro have created a new work titled Stasis (2012) for the MCA exhibition. This temporary installation on the Museum’s front lawn consists of a Beechcraft Travel Air suspended in a cube matrix of metal scaffolding. The bright orange plane is held aloft by the scaffolding system, yet also appears to have been captured mid-flight. Positioned with the plane’s nose pointing towards the MCA, its angle of trajectory suggests an ominous result.’ — MCA

 

‘New Zealand artist Mike Hewson and Australian artist Agatha Gothe-Snape recently transformed the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia into an enormous six-storey high public artwork that is part of the of the maintenance scaffolding. Playing with the uneven exterior of the Museum, the work uses dimensional perspective and a clever play on words to create a poetic and intriguing artwork that grows and shrinks and changes in appearance and meaning as scaffolding is assembled and deconstructed.’ — Junk Culture

 

Olafur Eliasson, Reversed waterfall, 1998, Scaffolding, steel, water, foil, wood, hose, and pump
122 4/5 x 109 2/5 x 63″ (312 x 278 x 160 cm)

 

‘Ben Long’s evolving series of Scaffolding Sculptures examines the value of hard graft associated with manual employment and describes the process of work as a methodical, cumulative endeavor. Inspired by his experiences working on building sites as a teenager, Long constructed the first of his Scaffolding Sculptures in 2004 after two years of development for this ambitious series of artworks.’ — belong.co.uk

 

‘New York City-based artist Olaf Breuning displayed his latest artwork for a series entitled Smoke Bombs at the 2012 Fiac contemporary art fair in Paris. For his series, Breuning photographed exploding pigment that he placed along scaffolding in the street.’ — Enpundit

 

‘Allan Weller’s Scaffold Furniture (1988) isolates the components of the dining table without the structure of the table. A chair’s seat and back float on a skeleton of scaffolding. Surrounding the chair is a plate, cup, glass, napkin, knife, fork, spoon and a lamp. Each is held with minimal support. Scaffolding is an element I use often to isolate and define. It is important to the understanding of process. Scaffolding floats an object in space and is crucial to the process of construction in architecture.’ — allanwexlerstudio.com

 


‘Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s In-Habit: Project Another Country (2012) is a floor-to-ceiling installation of miniature cardboard condominiums supported by steel scaffolding. The work has connections to the artist-duo’s own lives, it was inspired by the fragile houses and itinerant existence of the marginalized Badjao people, who live scattered across several islands of the Sulu Archipelago in the southwestern Philippines, and on the northern shores of Borneo. Living mainly in fragile stilt houses on the margins of the ocean, which both provides sustenance and contributes to its cultural identity, the Badjao community doesn’t conform to a modern state’s expectations of its citizenry or to the demands of a liberal economy.’ — artasiapacific.com

 

‘French artist Christian Boltanski’s CHANCE is an immense and complex installation – it’s like a oversize filmstrip running on large scaffolding so it looks like a giant film projector or newspaper press. You walk underneath and inside the scaffolding with a large filmstrip moving through it. The filmstrip is a series of photographs of newborn babies, taken from birth notices in Polish newspapers. There’s also two digital clocks which show the number of births and deaths across the world in real-time. Every evening at midnight, these clocks provide the figures for the day and tally a summary of births and deaths.’ — sydneycool.com.au

 


‘Architects HWKN have won this year’s MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program competition and will install a giant spiky structure that cleans the air in the courtyard of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre in New York. Nylon fabric will be stretched across a grid of scaffolding to create the pointy arms of the installation, which is to be named Wendy.’ — dezeen.com

 

‘In the late 1980s Noland began a series of sculptures and installations examining the masculine underpinnings of the American dream, embodied in men’s beer consumption. Crate of Beer (1989) is a wire-mesh basket full of empty Budweiser cans. In her 1989 untitled installation at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Noland stacked six-packs of Budweiser atop one another. Metal scaffolding transformed these mountains of alcohol into a construction site. For the artist, Bud cans are as potent an American symbol as Old Glory, both being red, white, and blue.’ — Box Vox

 

‘Berlinde De Bruyckere came to international prominence in 2003 at the Venice Biennale where she exhibited The Black Horse—a monumental, abjectly deformed figure covered in glossy horse hide. She specialises in sculpture in various media including wax, wood, wool, iron, lead, horse skin and hair. Be they human, equine or vegetal, her nightmarish sculptural displacements conjure and reflect upon suffering and vulnerability, love and brutality, loneliness and memory. De Bruyckere’s most recent work consists of horse figures on scaffolding.’ — undo.net

 

Graham Hudson The Ruins, 2009, scaffold, pallets, ladders, 5 x turntables, on off timer and light chaser, cm 540x540x540

 

Diana Al-Hadid’s multi-tiered and gravity-defying sculptures suggest time, space, human presence and absence. Simultaneously earthy and otherworldly, Al-Hadid’s work reverberates with architectural and natural forms that are both familiar and foreign. Nolli’s Orders (2012), the central work in this exhibition, is an enormous sculpture composed of a series of terraces and scaffolding onto which are affixed cloud-like structures and headless bodies.’ — art HOPPER


 

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p.s. Hey. ** Liquoredgoat, Hey, man! Proud and happy to prop your great book. Oh, shit, that wasn’t you? Erp. I’ll go back and change the attribution. Apologies. Otherwise, you good? ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Oh, I’m so sorry about the disappointing turn out. Been there myself, of course. Seems like the last minute venue change must be the culprit, or else the organizers failed miserably at getting the word out? ** Steve Erickson, Hi, Steve. Okay, that’s good enough for me re: the Dahmer film. I’m certainly inherently interested in how that subject matter is presented. I’ll see it when it gets here or see it online if it doesn’t. DJ Shadow is still around? Man, well, of course I’m very sorry to hear about that terrible incident. And that he was a fan of my stuff is unnerving, but there are fans of my stuff who conveniently misunderstand what my work is doing. Anyway, obviously, hugs and full support to you. ** Sypha, Hey. I’m not much of a DeLillo fan. The only ones I remember liking a fair amount are that one you’re reading and a couple of other early ones. Oh, I remember a post that had Duvert and Dukahz in it, and I guess him too. I didn’t make that post, it was a guest one, which is probably why it escaped my memory. I’ll go hunt for it in the ruins of the dead blog and restore it if I still have the relevant images and whatever else on my hard drive. ** Tosh Berman, Thanks a bunch, Tosh! ** Chris Cochrane, Well, hi there, Chris, buddy, sir! Sure, I’d love to Skype in during the auditions on December 2nd. I was just wishing I could be there. Yes, let’s sort out when and how that would happen and arrange that. That would be awesome. Cool. I hope you’re doing spectacularly! ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! Someone once told me that kind of braindeath is a positive thing and that the sleep you get afterwards is equivalent to restarting a computer. Not sure exactly what he meant by that, ha ha. I hope you’re more fully in charge of your senses by now? Do you work again today? My day was good. I finished the draft of the partial film script and gave it to Zac to go over. So that felt victorious. How was your today? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Crowdfunding could work, right? New Luke Fowler film, exciting. Let me know how it is. ** Chaim Hender, Hi. No, I’ve never been to Israel. It’s very mysterious to me. Sometimes there are countries you’ve never been to where you nonetheless can kind imagine that experience, but I feel like I have no idea was Israel looks like or what it would be like to be there, which is, of course, an allure. Interesting about the residential program. I can relate to your interest in what it feels like being there. My French is still piss-poor, and I do really like and feel comfortable hearing all this mostly mysterious language being used around me all the time. Being a lifelong Francophile, I always romantically assume everyone is saying poetic, fascinating things, and my French friends are always trying to bring me down to earth. It’s nice. What are your plans or dreams post-program? Do you know? Probably unsurprisingly, the idea of transposing Rohmer into Mumblecore gets me excited. But the difficulty in taking that from concept to material is also apparent. Still. Excellent, fresh day to you! ** Misanthrope, Ha ha. Oh, gosh, it certainly seems like I would really not like that book. Reading your description, my shoulders hunched. Objectification is always a very complicated and serious enemy to me and to my work. ** Keeyton, Hello, ever wonderfully newly renamed one. I think things in filmland are alright. I’m on tenterhooks right now we’re waiting to see if this one big festival takes our film for the world premiere, which we’re hoping greatly for, so good but anxious. Man, what’s up with the sleep issues? At some point, that shit gangs up on you, and nothing goes right. Melatonin? Too wuss? My thoughts, hm. (1) I guess I think descriptions of objects should either be super quick, a phrase-long pretty glance, or go on and on obsessively. One or the other. (2) I don’t think I like or even understand characterization as it is directed to be employed by literary arbiters. I just try to feel characters and make them exude feeling or something? (3) I don’t think I completely understand this question. Can you say more? ** Bill, Hi. No, not typical, and, unless I’m having a short term memory problem, which is always possible, that book is not one single paragraph. It just has some long paragraphs. But her other books have plenty of spacing. Ooh, I need to get that new ‘Hour of the Wolf’. Good old Mike. ** Right. Today I decided to risk boring or alienating you folks by restoring my old post about scaffolding, which I am, I guess, ‘strangely’ attracted to and fascinated by. Do your best. See you tomorrow.

16 Comments

  1. I dig the scaffolding. The images remind me of architectural cross-section books by David Macaulay and Stephen Biesty that fascinated me as a child. I feel compelled to look up every time I enter or exit an area that’s under scaffolding, out of both dread and desire for a construction worker to drop a wrench on my head from several stories up.

    I’m not surprised scaffolding is so hot in the art world because it’s a showcase of a landlord’s power to erect, destroy, neglect, or modify his fiefdom at his will, and to extend his domain into the commons under the pretext of protecting the public safety.

    After my program is over I’d like to keep going with another 6 months of state subsidized Hebrew classes while finding part-time/freelance work as an English teacher/writer/editor and living with natives in the Brooklynish south of the city. After that it’s grad school, likely in Statistics because it’s a versatile skill and I have a strong intuition I’d like it even though I’ve never studied it before. If I were independently wealthy I might go to film school, but my soul and purse suffered so much during and after an undergrad English major that I dread a return to the academic art world.

    I definitely think you’d get a kick out of this country. When and where is your play being performed? Perhaps I could help you find a grant to make an appearance.

    And now for something else entirely. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the more outrageous my fantasies are about someone I have a crush on, the easier it is to be around him. By this I mean I feel more like I’m dancing in a Renoir movie and less like I’m playing chess in a Rohmer movie. Put another way, I feel more like I’m in a later Beatles song about a place or a feeling and less like I’m in an early Beatles song about begging for love to be requited.

    I think I’ve known deep down for a long time that the quest to consummate and/or define a relationship has much more to do with the property value of allying families and producing heirs than it does with the joy of experiencing a person. I used to think that it was “humanizing” to write a crush into a plausible Millennial love story and “dehumanizing” to write him into logistically and ethically impossible scenarios. What I’m starting to find is that if what I “want” is impossible on its face, I don’t expect anything from myself or my crush as a precondition for taking joy in being around him or contemplating him.

  2. Ahoy stranger!
    How’s it going? I hope you’re well.
    Apologies for not saying hi but I’ve been laid low again and not really had much energy or focus. How could I not get out of my sickbed for Scaffolding though? I love it. Good old scaffolding, so austere and cold looking, but generally there to help, service and maintain. I was chuckling as I went through this post at all the fond thoughts I found I had about scaffolding. I like when folks get all metaphorical with it too.
    How’s the Parisian spring? The Glaswegian one is looking lovely. We have trees right outside our windows in this flat and their leaves have all gone rusty and yellow in the past couple of days.
    I see you’ve been working on a new script. Exciting! How’s it going? Is it the Home Haunts one? I’ve curtailed my three scripts a week for the animation schedule as I’m having a bit of a barney with Jonathan about various matters, partly to do with me being ill. I’m expecting an email or call any minute to tell me I’ve been sacked, tbh, but that wouldn’t be the end of the world.
    What else has been happening with you? I’ve still been a frequent visitor to the blog and enjoying every post. ‘Deads’ was my big fave last week and I’m so up for reading an Ivy Compton-Burnett novel after the bit at the start of your post about her. I did try and fail with one previously but I’m feeling that now is the right time for me and her.
    Okay, I hope your Wednesday requires the birth of the phrase ‘cloud 10’ to sufficiently describe it.
    Yowzah love,
    Jamie

  3. David Ehrenstein

    November 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Tons of scaffolding all over L.A. especially in certain parts of Beverly Hills where one structure has been scaffolding-bound for over a decade. Will it ever be finished?

    Here’s an instance where the scaffolding is coming down (Call it “The Spacey Effect”)

    It’s ‘Touche’s Birthday ad as always I’m Gay as a Disney Cow!

  4. David Ehrenstein

    November 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    BUY THE BIO! I’m reviewing it for “Gay City News” and it’s truly sensational.

    ‘Touche was the Marie Curie of “multi-tasking” In high school he joined all sots of clubs like Jason Schwartzman in “Rushmore.” And he wrote ”
    “I see that my life is like a succession of dark rooms through which I wander with outstretched arms” IOW he would have been an ideal boyfriend for you Dennis.

  5. The more I think about what happened to me the more I think it was sexual assault. And if I named the guy who did it, I think you probably would recognize his name.

  6. Dennis, ah, it was a guest day, that explains it. I had forgotten that detail. What’s funny about it is that (aside from Duvert) most of the books mentioned that day are utterly impossible to find through the usual channels like Amazon, eBay, or even used book sites like Abebooks. Which makes me think they either had very small print runs, or are being hoarded by a cult of fanatically secretive BL literature collectors! Of course, I suspect that some of those books might be of dubious literary value (to say nothing of legality!) and probably fall prey to that objectification you mentioned above, so…

    I think my very favorite scaffold is an occult one: the Tree of Life of the Qabalah!

  7. Hi!

    Well, I sure get refreshing sleep nowadays, I mean I basically sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, haha. So maybe that’s part of what they meant.

    Back to your previous letter for a moment: it always sounds so inspiring when you’re so much into what you’re working on! What does Zac think about the script so far?
    I have to admit, I haven’t heard of Dominique-Gonzalez Foerster before but what you just wrote about her work, especially about her performances, made me extremely curious! I found a few pictures of the Edgar Allan Poe makeover and it’s fascinating! I’ll definitely dig deeper now! Thank you for this!

    It looks like I’ll work every day except on Sunday this week which sounds kind of dreadful, heh… Not that the job itself is horrible, it’s just a huge change after all the time I got to spend home these past few months. I might be late to reply to a few of your letters because of this – because I’m always pretty tired by the time I get home and I don’t like replying with only parts of my brain functioning normally. Sorry about that. I’ll try my best to be here as often as I can!
    So… that said, my day was yet another work-y one. We had a lot more visitors than yesterday but it was manageable and okay.
    Please do tell me: how was your day? What happened? I hope it was all kinds of great!

  8. Ah yes, that Olafur Eliasson scaffolding waterfall appeared at Dundee University back in 2005. There’s something inherently sculptural about scaffolding, it just has immediate presence.

  9. Hey Dennis – I missed the scaffolding the first time around, nice to see it here. Also, catching up, enjoyed the book post and especially the Duras as Director day. You gathered so much great info about her film work and excited that there are so many clips of the films available now. For so many years, they were little more than rumors to me.

    The construction crew across the street seems to think we should be living off the grid. They’ve pulled down the power lines twice recently and ripped out the internet and phone lines over the weekend. A serious hassle.

    I appreciate the advice about building up the narrative voice for new projects. Are there certain type of experiments you’ve done that have proven particularly useful – or do they depend heavily on the project itself?

    Glad to hear Crowd went over well. What are some of things that you and Gisele need to adjust, if you don’t mind me asking? Always curious about the theater revision/refining process post-opening.

    The band I’m in is playing our first gig on Friday, which is petrifying to me since I’ve never sung in public. The other singer, Hannah, has never performed either, though the other musicians are all relative pros. We’re doing four loud originals and a cover, so it’ll be over quick no matter what.

  10. DJ Shadow released a new album about a year and a half ago. The Tonight Snow clip shows him manning the turntables with Killer Mike and El-P rapping and a live horn section. The video for “Nobody Speak,” which begins with middle-aged white men in suits at the UN lip-synching battle rhymes and ends with a riot and near-murder, is brilliant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUC2EQvdzmY. Weirdly, the song has only started to get airplay on “alternative rock” radio in the past few months, despite being more than a year old. I like the line suggesting that Trump is guilty of incest.

  11. “It is the future of scaffolding…” for me not to be
    on it. Fingers and other crossable things crossed on the
    festival. Steal the show. Ugh. I don’t want to think about
    it. I think it’s my bed, I really do for some reason. I sleep
    okay, no perfectly, but better on the couch. I think theres a
    black feather under my mattress or its oriented bad or something
    happened below it. I sometimes think a little troll sneaks in my
    room at night and narrates in my ear while I sleep. Whatever it
    might be it certainly fucks me up. It’s probably just the ocean.
    Theres a really strange body of water nearby, for some reason I
    think it has something to do with it. Creepy Puerto Rican boy I slept
    with kept saying, “Were all gonna die.” while we fucked in that bed?
    Melatonin is a good idea, but I don’t really have time for it. I guess
    I need to slow down. Thanks for the thoughts, want more things in my
    writing, description, objects, getting at narrativeness. I’m really into
    standard narratives with some cutting, fuck if I know. I write like Burroughs
    talked about “write the movie”. That’s the final phase really and the most
    fun, and new, what I’m trying to learn. Hm… weird about your characterization
    thoughts, Larry and Ziggy stick out. I’m becoming interested in alien
    characters, like the shadow parts of my thousands of boys bodies. Oh, its like
    his ideas about “cliche” and “commonplaceness”, his literary concepts. Behind/
    With, i guess it has to do with perspective or how I’m thinking of it, seeing through
    the killers eyes or from outside etc. Intrigued like crazy by film, but easily
    tired if I think of it. Need to get better at perspective to solidify my
    writing’s form. Bonjour

  12. Dennis, Nah, I don’t think you would like it. It’s a straightforward narrative. I guess that because it’s from the point of view of the younger, who doesn’t have that much interaction with the other guy until he finally reveals his feelings for the guy, all the narrator sees is the physical. But even after that, it’s all so much about the physical and getting to know each other through that and pretty much through ONLY that. There’s not that much dialogue between them.

    Maybe I could give Aciman the benefit of the doubt and say that we learn so much from the silence. But we don’t. The narrative’s all in the younger guy’s head and from his point of view.

    He does do that angsty teen passion/first love/obsession stuff okay. But I don’t know that there’s that much nuance to it. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad book; indeed, I enjoyed it a lot. A lot of that has to do with all the unfulfilled loves of my life, though. Or I think it does.

    I just found it interesting that his characters get to know each other so well through sheer physicality, or at least that’s how they try. So it seems to me, anyway. I don’t know that that’s accomplished in real life so much, no matter how intimate you get with someone, you know?

    But yeah, the body as object and as Art seems to be a thing in this.

    I don’t know if you’ll remember this, but about 9 years ago, I used to go to the local and since-closed Gold’s Gym. There was a really cute guy there named Robert, who was originally from Romania. He was 19. I ran into him at the grocery store the other night. We chatted a bit. He took my phone number. We’ve been texting this evening. Weirdly, he just asked me if I’m married.,,oh, and now just offered to try and hook me up with some of his girlfriend’s friends, hahaha.

    Anyway, he’s a very nice -and still very hot (I don’t think he’s aged but a year in the last 9)- and it’s fun talking to him.

    (Though I’m assuming the “Are you married?” probably really means “Are you gay?”)

  13. Oh, and I probably should’ve said…I like scaffolding. It’s pretty fascinating.

  14. Hey Dennis!

    I hadn’t really considered having a writer collaborating with non-verbal dance work, but the concept is incredibly exciting. What sort of direction does Gisele want to take it then? Were you in the room during rehearsals? I’m about to start a rehearsal process for a show as a director, so any and all insights on working in the space would be majorly welcome.
    There’s something hypnotic about the intricate scaffolding and the insides of movie sets. I’m totally obsessed with the special features of DVD’s where you get to watch the set and effects get made. For me that’s always been half the fun with big budget action movies and those human cartoon crossover films.
    I took a breather from editing today, but I’ll make sure to get back at you about how that’s coming along. I showed the class an edit I did of an older scene and it went over really well, although I’m worried the new draft sounds a little too Annie Baker-y. Regardless, the piece is much leaner, and all the better for it.

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