The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Scissors’ Day

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‘Researchers into the history of scissors generally agree that scissors were invented in Egypt around 1500 B.C.E. and were first fashioned of bronze, spreading slowly through the rest of the ancient world through trade and exploration. These early scissors were, as best archeologists can determine, made of a single piece of metal. They were mechanically two levers joined by a loop which served as a fulcrum.

 

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‘Each sharpened level was a scissor, and the pair was called, scissors. On about 100 A.D. Roman craftsmen developed cross-blade scissors. That is, the blade-edges crossed and slid past each other when cutting. The looping fulcrum remained. Even now, gardening catalogs in the U.S. and Britain offer grass-edging shears that demonstrated the cross-blade principle. Like the Roman model, these scissors rested in an open position after use.

 

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‘As is the case with so many early tools, the question of modification and innovation remains in the dark. At some point, someone clearly realized that greater control with less hand strength could be obtained by separating the scissors into two pieces anchoring them with a screw or rivet and making loops for fingers.

 

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‘Looking at old scissors suggests that for a number of centuries, depending on the country of origin, both designs coexisted with craftsmen and purchasers deciding which design served specific purposes: cutting grapevines, thin sheets of metal, paper, thread and cloth. The final step in creating modern scissors is documented. In London in 1761 Robert Hinchcliffe developed the method for steel-casting scissors. What he produced took the form we recognize today.

 

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‘Early scissors, were, of course, sharpened. To denote and protect their sharpness, scissors were often encased in a leather cover, similar to the sheath for a knife. Like knives, over the years in many cultures scissors became the focus of folk superstitions, some of which exist in less fearful form today. The first is that scissors, like a knife, should never be given as a gift. Doing that will cut the relationship between giver and recipient. The usual evasion of the dangerous qualities of this gift was the playful purchase of the knife or scissors, and the amount was small ranging from an English half-penny to a shiny U.S. dime or quarter. To this day, those giving a gift of cutlery often tape a penny to the package in case the recipient does not know that sharp gifts must be bought.

 

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‘In some cultures the cutting qualities of knives or scissors meant that they were not passed hand to hand but rather set down for a friend to pick up thus preserving the friendship. Old wives said that cutting worked more than one way: a pair of scissors placed under the pillow of a woman in labor or a person with a painful injury would cut the pain in half. And, whether given in a case or not, scissors were sometimes hung by one handle on a hook beside or over the door, their open position forming a crude cross and their exposed sharp blades threatening damage to any evil influences attempting to enter the house.

 

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‘Clearly the history of scissors would not be the best choice for a factual sixth-grade report. As with many inventions, modifications and improvements on an original idea came, like the idea itself, from obscure people who were too busy working to realize they were becoming a part of history. There’s a certain pleasure in this obscurity. The history of scissors is the history of ordinary people making their way through the world and solving problems, very much the way we do.’ — Janet Beal, Info Guru

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‘Throughout Japanese history there are frequent references to “sansukumi-ken” (三竦み拳), meaning “ken” (拳) [fist] games with a three-way [三] (san) deadlock [竦み] (sukumi), in the sense that A beats B, B beats C, and C beats A. The games originated in China before being imported to Japan and subsequently becoming popular.

 

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‘The earliest Japanese “sansukumi-ken” game was known as “mushi-ken” (虫拳), which was imported directly from China. In “Mushi-ken” the “frog” (represented by the thumb) is superseded by the “slug” (represented by the little finger), which, in turn is superseded by the “snake” (represented by the index finger), which is superseded by the “frog”. Although this game was imported from China the Japanese version differs in the animals represented. In adopting the game, the original Chinese characters for the poisonous centipede (蜈蜙) were apparently confused with the characters for the “slug” (蛞蝓). The most popular sansukumi-ken game in Japan was kitsune-ken (狐拳). In the game, a supernatural fox called a kitsune (狐) defeats the village head, the village head (庄屋) defeats the hunter, and the hunter (猟師) defeats the fox. Kitsune-ken, unlike mushi-ken or rock–paper–scissors, is played by making gestures with both hands.

 

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‘Kitsune-ken was a popular Japanese rock–paper–scissors variant. From left to right: The hunter (ryōshi), village head (shōya) and fox (kitsune). Today, the best-known “sansukumi-ken” is called “jan-ken”, which is a variation of the Chinese games introduced in the 17th century. “Jan-ken” uses the rock, paper, and scissors signs and is the game that the modern version of rock–paper–scissors derives from directly. Hand-games using gestures to represent the three conflicting elements of rock, paper, and scissors have been most common since the modern version of the game was created in the late 19th century, between the Edo and Meiji periods.

 

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‘By the early 20th century, rock–paper–scissors had spread beyond Asia, especially through increased Japanese contact with the west. Its English-language name is therefore taken from a translation of the names of the three Japanese hand-gestures for rock, paper and scissors: elsewhere in Asia the open-palm gesture represents “cloth” rather than “paper”. The shape of the scissors is also adopted from the Japanese style.

 

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‘The Paper Scissors Stone Club was founded in London, England in 1842. The charter appeared in Edition 1, Volume 1, of the club’s publication, The Stone Scissors Paper. It read,”The club is dedicated to the exploration and dissemination of knowledge regarding the game of Paper Scissors Stone and providing a safe legal environment for the playing of said game.” In 1918, the club’s name was changed to World RPS Club. Soon after that, the club moved its headquarters to Toronto, Canada. In 1925, the club had more than 10,000 active members, changed its name the World RPS Society, and hosted its first annual championship.

 

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‘In Britain in 1924 it was described in a letter to a newspaper as a hand game, possibly of Mediterranean origin, called “zhot”. A reader then wrote in to say that the game “zhot” referred to was evidently Jan-ken-pon, which she had often seen played throughout Japan. Although at this date the game appears to have been new enough to British readers to need explaining, the appearance by 1927 of a popular thriller with the title Scissors Cut Paper, followed by Stone Blunts Scissors (1929), suggests it quickly became popular.

 

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‘In 1927, a children’s magazine in France described it in detail, referring to it as a “jeu japonais” (“Japanese game”). Its French name, “Chi-fou-mi”, is based on the Old Japanese words for “one, two, three” (“hi, fu, mi”).

 

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‘A New York Times article of 1932 on the Tokyo rush hour describes the rules of the game for the benefit of American readers, suggesting it was not at that time widely known in the U.S. The 1933 edition of the Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia described it as a common method of settling disputes between children in its article on Japan; the name was given as “John Kem Po” and the article pointedly asserted, “This is such a good way of deciding an argument that American boys and girls might like to practice it too.”‘ — collaged

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Injurer

An angry dad chucked a pair of scissors at his ten-year-old daughter because she would not do her homework – and the point pierced more than an inch into her brain. Surgeons had to remove a section of her skull in a risky operation lasting several hours. Amazingly, the blade did not hit any major vessels in the brain and it could be successfully removed.

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Curtis Francis, 12, who suffers from severe learning difficulties put nail scissors into his mouth handle-first, getting them stuck in his throat. Doctors took 90 minutes to remove them under general anaesthetic and miraculously Curtis suffered only minor cuts. The youngster’s learning difficulties have left him with no sense of danger, similar to a toddler. His mum Karon Edwards, 50, first thought he had swallowed a pen lid but became worried when he began coughing up blood. The mum-of-two, who lives in Bristol with Curtis and his elder brother Shane, 15, said: ”It was absolutely horrendous.”

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On January 20th, a man with scissors lodged in his skull calmly walked into a hospital ER and said, “I have a small problem.” This happened after a bar patron in Mexico was stabbed in the skull with a pair of scissors. Jonas Acevedo Monroy, 32, received help from his friend Nandor Altamirano Carvajal, who drove bleeding Monroy to the hospital to save his life. “Jonas was as always full of high spirits and was being charming with everyone in the bar when one of the locals took umbrage,” said Altamirano Carvajal, Mirror reported. “Jonas offered to buy the man a drink, but the guy pulled out a pair of scissors from his jacket and stabbed him in the head. What he was doing with a pair of scissors in his pocket I don’t know. It was really shocking.”

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69-year-old Pat Skinner of Sydney, Australia had an operation in May 2001, but continued to complain of intense pain. It wasn’t until she received this x-ray 18 months later that it was discovered the surgeon had accidentally sewed her up with his surgical scissors still inside.

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Four-year-old Chinese boy Xiao Yu was helping his parents decorate their front door for spring festival in 2010 when he fell onto the scissors he was holding. You can only imagine the horror his parents must have felt when they saw that the scissors had pierced through their young son’s face.

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In a freak accident, 86-year-old gardener Leroy Luetscher fell face-first onto a pair of pruning shears outside his Phoenix, AZ home in July 2012. And while medical staff were no doubt relieved to discover that Luetscher had not fallen on the garden tool’s blades, an X-ray revealed the true extent of the damage: the handle had passed through the man’s eye socket, penetrating all the way down to his neck, where it rested on his carotid artery.

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Sasha Ulyanov, 3, was playing at home with his three sisters when he ran into a wall carrying a pair of nail scissors and stabbed himself in the heart. The children’s mother was out taking lunch to their father, who was working in the field. “Sasha is our youngest child. He was running with the scissors through the kitchen door and misjudged it, and ran into the door frame with the scissors in his hand. He fell to the floor screaming, and our oldest daughter, Diana, who is 15, picked him up and rushed him next door to our neighbor,” the children’s mother, Natalia Baltsyukevich, 35, told CEN. That neighbor, Liubov Mikhalchik, is an emergency paramedic in their village of Pashkovich in Eastern Belarus Voranava District. “I realized straightaway that it was a serious injury.” Mikhalchik said. “You could see the scissors vibrating to the beating of his heart.

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Apparently someone in China borrowed a pair of scissors to clean their teeth after a meal and swallowed them by mistake when a friend told a joke and they laughed.

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Did you know?

Where did that sc in scissors come from? We used to spell it sissors or sizars. The classicizers of the 1500s thought the word went back to Latin scindere, to split, but it actually came to us (via French) from cisorium, “cutting implement.” The same assumption turned sithe into scythe.

The largest pair of functional scissors in the world measure 2.31m (7 ft 7 in) from tip to handle. They were manufactured by Neerja Roy Chowdhury (India) and unveiled on 16 August 2009. Neerja was inspired to make the scissors after writing her own comic book which she describes as ‘unconventional’.

Scissors were used in the arenas by the gladiators of the ancient Roman Empire. The gladiators who wielded the scissors in combat were also known as scissors. Made from hardened steel, the scissors measured up to one and a half feet long. They were surprisingly light, weighing in at an easy 5-7 pounds; this allowed the scissor to be wielded with a good amount of speed. The scissors’ unique shape and design at that time made them a crowd favorite.

The Scissors is great for intimate sex How does it work? Easy to do, complicated to explain. So you lie facing each other and put your top leg over his hip. He grabs your bum and then you out your arm round his waist and push your bottom leg against his leg. The turn-ons: You’ll be rubbing your clitoral area on his groin and you get to kiss each other. The turn-offs: A little boring and pedestrian for some. It’s not visually exciting but physically it’s amazing.

It is unlucky to give someone scissors for a present, as it will “cut the ties” of your friendship.

In Romania they believe that if you drop a pair scissors on the floor, it means your boyfriend/girlfriend cheated on you.

Tired of using a rolling pizza cutter that barely cuts? You can use an ingenious new invention called the “Pizza Scissors Spatula”. This brilliant kitchen tool merges scissors and a spatula so you can cut and pick up a pizza slice all in one quick motion without burning your hands or having any toppings fall off.

If you dip the pointed end of your scissors into a container of bubble solution, you will be able to push the scissors through the wall of ta bubble without popping it. When something wet touches a bubble, it doesn’t poke a hole in the wall of the bubble, it just slides through and the bubble forms right around it.

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Namesake


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XTC Scissor Man


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Movie star

X-CROSS (2008) comes from BATTLE ROYALE 2’s Kenta Fukasaku. DEATH NOTE’s Tetsuya Oishi penned the script based off the novel by Nobuyuki Joko. Here’s the synopsis: Still stinging from a bad break-up, Shiyori heads off on a girls-only weekend with her best friend Aiko. Unfortunately, the remote hot springs resort they go to isn’t exactly as promised; the brochure didn’t mention anything about bizarre locals, blood rituals, or crazed harajuku girls brandishing frightfully large pairs of scissors. Soon, each girl is running for her life—they’re just not running from the same things.

 

List of deaths in Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet: Hit in lower jaw with hatchet, Scissors in eye, forehead hit with hatchet, Head twisted, Shot repeatedly with handguns, Double beheaded with hatchet in car, Impaled in back of neck through mouth/beheaded at jawline with scissors, Beheaded with hatchet(off-screen), body thrown through window, Scissors in head, eyes ripped out, Hit in face with hatchet, knocked into fuse box, Throat slit, Half of head cut off with pickaxe, Gutted out of back with pickaxe, Pickaxed in throat, Dragged into dark room, hacked apart with pickaxe, Hand cut off, dragged into dark room, hacked apart with pickaxe, Hit in face/groin pickaxed/4 more times, Strangled, Hit twice in head with fire hose nozzle, glass shard in arm, beheaded with hatchet.

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À l’intérieur (2007)

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In Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007) a disfigured woman with her mouth slit like Heath Ledger’s Joker kidnaps and kills children with big scissors.

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Any gore-hound will remember the suicide scene in The Night of the Hunted (1980) when the woman kills herself by stabbing a pair of scissors through her eyes into the brain.

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The Granny (1995): Great ballbusting / femdom scene where the granny pretends to be a hot young woman who wants to have sex with the guy. Then gradually she turns into the crazed granny who is holding a pair of scissors. She then cuts off his penis and says “now I’m going to cut off your big head!”

 

You want to squirm in your seat? Just watch the moment in The Dead Zone when Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) is able to detect through his psychic abilities that Deputy Dodd is a murderer. Yes, watch as Deputy Dodd is cornered and makes that fateful decision to end his own life. But not with a gun. Not with a rope or by jumping out a window either. Deputy Dodd is creative everybody! He wants to go out like no one else ever has: by slamming his head into a sharp pair or scissors of course. Now even though they don’t show the scissors actually going into his skull, it’s the sheer brilliance of the set up and then seeing the aftermath that is so effective and cringe-worthy.

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Doghouse (2009): A group of friends take their friend Vince who is going through a divorce to a remote village of Moodley for a lads weekend but when they finally get there it turns out all the woman have turned into man hating zombie cannibals. Snipper, one of the zombie women in the town who was a hairdresser, is armed with scissors which she uses to slice and slaughter every man she sees.

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Trailer: I will rape you with this scissors (2008)

 

The Boogey Man (1983): We are gifted with numerous stabbings, self-inflicted tracheostomy via scissors, pitchfork impalement, a twin human kebab, and even a little well-meaning child exploitation for good measure.

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When the blood begins to spill in Red, White, & Blue (2010) every slice of a knife, every stab of the scissors, and worse will hit you in the gut.

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Twisty’s scissors, American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014)

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How Melancholie der Engel (2009) attains an atmosphere of depression and dread from the beginning however, is truly cheap and distasteful. Insects and animals are crushed and tortured at intervals; a small lizard is crushed to death, in another moment a snails eyes are cut off with scissors – all real. I didn’t see (excuse the pun) any reason for this to happen, considering the movie has enough fictional violence and crazy debauchery on its own. For example, an old man who joins the group early on brings a girl in a wheelchair to the “party” who is openly abused and left lying around like an object. Later they cut this old man’s skin off with scissors (also for no reason) and he’s left to crawl home with his guts hanging out. The group burn him on a bonfire, at which point another character is that excited he gets someone to masturbate him to climax in explicit close-up. In addition, the movie contains people being defecated and urinated on, both alive and dead.

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Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013): A girl has a vision: she wakes up in a dark room lying on the floor and having her legs and hands tied. She finds herself lying among some children (a boy and two girls), who are tied as well. She gets her eyes tied by a man. After that, the children get themselves killed with scissors one after another. We see the boy’s tongue being cut off with scissors and thrown on the floor. Then, his body is stabbed multiple times again with scissors (not shown, but in the end of the scene we see the boy’s dead body with its entrails revealed). A little girl gets a half of her head cut off with scissors (not shown, but in the end, a part of her head is shown dropping on the floor and leaving a lot of blood). Then, a girl that has a vision, gets her eyes revealed. She finds a little girl standing in front of her with scissors in her hand. A few seconds later, we see the little girl stabbing another girl in her eye and pulling it out. A little girl is shown being tied to the table. Soon, a man that stands in front of her, stabs her in leg with scissors. Then, she gets her eye pulled out (not shown, but heard). We see her bloody eye socket and a wound on her leg later. After that, a man stabs a girl in chest with scissors (we see a blood spraying and hear a girl screaming). A boy is pierced in stomach from the back with scissors (his entrails are shown falling out of his body). Then, he gets his skull smashed graphically (we see a bloody hand sticking out of his mouth). We see a group of children (ghosts) joyfully killing other children by stabbing them with scissors in eyes, neck and head. A boy is stabbed in neck with scissors with bloody results. A boy is stabbed in eye with scissors off-screen. A man is stabbed in back with scissors. A little girl stabs a boy in hand with scissors. After that, she stabs him in stomach. A man cuts a dead girl’s tongue off with scissors. Afterwards, he stabs her in chest several times. Another scene of a man cutting a dead girl’s tongue off with scissors. It is thrown into a bucket, full of bloody tongues.

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Beili Liu The Mending Project (2011): The installation consists of hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, pointing downwards. The hovering, massive cloud of scissors alludes to distant fear, looming violence and worrisome uncertainty. The performer sits beneath the countless sharp blades of the scissors, and performs an on-going simple task of mending. […] As each visitor enters the space, one is asked to cut off a piece of the white cloth hung near the entrance, and offer the cut section to the performer. She then continuously sews the cut pieces onto the previous ones. The mended fabric grows in size throughout the duration of the performance, and takes over the vast area of the floor beneath the scissors.

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Richard Diebenkorn Scissors I (1959); Kelly Medford Scissors on the Table (2012); Lucinda Buscall Scissors I (2004); Charlene Murray Zatloukal Don’t Play With Scissors (2011); Kaveh Irani Lady & Scissors (2014); Henri Matisse with scissors (1948); Vladimir Kush Scissors (1941); Richard Diebenkorn Scissors XI (1959)

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Regina José Galindo’s practice is the embodiment of Akira Kurosawa’s dictum, “To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes,” and she challenges the viewer to do the same. Much of her work deals with political violence, especially against women–and it’s not pretty. In one of her most graphic works, titled Himenoplastia (Hymenoplasty) she videotapes her own (botched) hymen reconstruction surgery.

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Japanese artist Sachiko Abe sits in a white gown, cutting countless sheets of A4 paper into thin, wispy strips. For the performance piece known as Cut Paper, Abe sits for hours on end meticulously shredding paper whose cut feathery strands measure a mere 0.5mm in width. She first began this practice while in a mental institution over 15 years ago because it proved to be a calming activity.

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In this performance Yoko Ono sat on a stage and invited the audience to approach her and cut away her clothing, so it gradually fell away from her body. Challenging the neutrality of the relationship between viewer and art object, Ono presented a situation in which the viewer was implicated in the potentially aggressive act of unveiling the female body, which served historically as one such ‘neutral’ and anonymous subject for art. Emphasizing the reciprocal way in which viewers and subjects become objects or each other, Cut Piece also demonstrates how viewing without responsibility has the potential to harm or even destroy the object of perception.

 

You are invited to join performance artist, Caroline Wright, in a presentation of Manicure at Ham House and Garden, Richmond, on Wed 15 August 2012, as part of Garden of Reason. We need around 100 volunteers to assist the artist in cutting a large area of grass into a pattern reflecting the black and white chequerboard floor of the Great Hall. We will attempt to do this in one day using only hairdressing scissors. Manicure recreates the past endeavour of the garden staff, creating a lawn by cutting the grass by hand. The artist takes this to an extreme by using scissors, symbolising the power of the aristocracy and the status in the 17th-century of a well-trimmed lawn.

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p.s. Hey. ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, TM! Me too, about getting it, I guess obviously, considering my George Miles ‘shrines’. I think such an inclination and pursuit is ouchless, or should be? Ah, great great about the novel, nailing the ending and finding the interior’s architecture. I know what you mean. Oh, man, that’s fantastic! I hope/assume/guess that Martin and Karolina will video that event and make it everyone’s. Yes, such a relief to finally be headlong into the film, I can’t tell you. And so much work, of course, but hey. Thanks for the link. I’ll go watch the clip as soon as this thing is launched. You sound great. Such a great sound! xoxo. ** David Ehrenstein, Everyone, Mr. Ehrenstein says we should read this book. Also, he continues to be in dire financial straits, so please give him a little help if you can find it in your heart and your own finances. His gofundme is here. Thank you very much! ** Dominik, Hi!!! Welcome back! Is it raining? Are you the epitome of relieved? We’re still in a sweet spot here, and I think we have a few days before it goes back up, but thankfully not too back up. Yeah, finding the performers is gigantic. It cements and changes everything. Also, say, in the case of the person we want to play the mother, if she agrees, it will instantly make that character more important than she was in the script itself because she offers so much to work with. So, the film grows and changes depending on the cast. That’s happened with our earlier films too. For instance, we were so excited by the boy who agreed to play Leon’s Friend in ‘PGL’ that the character, who’d been kind of a side figure in the script, became a real focus when we shot the film because he kept being so great at everything. A Coleman stove shrine, ha ha. I wonder if there is one out there. I bet. Love changing the national anthem of Hungary into the sound of someone opening and closing a pair of scissors for a minute and a half, G. ** Tosh Berman, I saw some photos of your shrine to your mother on Facebook, and it’s very beautiful. I hope dismantling it isn’t too heavy. I can tell you for absolutely sure that at least my writing saved me from being a lifelong basket case. And it didn’t cost me anything. Of course it also didn’t earn me a whole lot of anything either but hey! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. My bedroom was plastered with rock hero photos too. Cozy. Fucking solicitor. You’re being tough, man. And so are we, frankly, having been deprived of our doses of Play Therapy for so long. Patiently twiddling my thumbs. Like you, I imagine. ** Steve Erickson, No, we’re not seeking actors from that realm particularly, but we will be seeking a production manager and set builders either from that world or with good familiarity with it. Everyone, Harken! Steve speaks! Steve: ‘My essay, ‘The Full Horror of Nostalgia,” was published today on Emily St. James’ blog. However, it’s behind a paywall, only available to her subscribers. [And] my August music roundup for Gay City News, covering Demi Lovato, digifae and Doechii, is also out.’ You should be able to figure out that interface, it would seem? ** Jeff J, Hi, Jeff. Thanks. Yeah, I think that might be one of my all-time favorite blog posts, push comes to shove. I did like Tall Dwarfs, yes. I haven’t listened to them in many ages. I’ll look for that comp. So, yes, indeed. I am working on the short fiction right now. Pretty soon the film will eat everything, so I’m trying to do some power work on the fiction now while I have a bit of free time. It’s going okay, I think. I think? How is your novel behaving at the moment? ** Robert, Hi, R. Yes, that title kind of jumped out at me. Ha ha, Mark Hamill, yes. I used to know a guy who was really upset about what the car accident-forced nose job that Hamill had between ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Empire Strikes Back’ did to his looks that he made lots and lots of scrapbooks full of pix of him before the change, and I don’t know for sure, but I think he privately worshipped those scrapbooks. No, my parents didn’t hunt, and my grandma didn’t either. I don’t know how she ended up learning that skill set. Unfortunately there’s no one alive to ask. The famous Chicago airshow. Even I know about it. Dude, totally go. No brainer. Does it happen sort of over the river, or am I imagining that? Have expected huge fun this weekend. ** Travis (fka Cal), Hi! Wait, Cal, like the Cal I and the blog know so well? In any case, awesome that it hit home. How are you? What’s going on? I hope summer is being your overheated friend. xo. ** Right. If you play close attention to this weekend’s post, you will be a world’s expert on scissors by Monday morning. See you then.

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  1. Dominik

    Hi!!

    Thank you! Yes and yes! I’m glad to hear you aren’t melting either! Fingers crossed for plenty more days like this on both of our ends!

    Ah, this must be so fantastic! It sounds a bit like meeting someone you’ve only ever heard about and realizing they’re actual flesh-and-blood people who might be somewhat or even completely different than your image of them. Only it’s probably even more intense and exciting in your case because they aren’t people you’ve heard about but ones you created.

    Excellent timing on love’s part because today (apart from being Anita’s birthday) is a national holiday here in Hungary, so the scissors-Hymn can be introduced properly. Love finding a bunch of “hot scissoring compilations” on his mom’s laptop, Od.

  2. David Ehrenstein

    Best Scissors Movie EAVAH, Flesh of the Orchid

    • Travis (fka Cal)

      Some classic clippers in here. I have a pair of thick thick glossy silver scissors that seem pretty old and they make the most fantastic crunchy snip sounds. I’m doing alright. On the tail end of having covid rn which has sucked a lot. I am the that very same Cal. Cal was a pen name thing I was doing for a while and have just gotten tired of doing that and I’ve had so little put out there under that name that switching to my normal name wouldn’t be too difficult. I might even keep going with Cal, I don’t know. It just feels pointless and weird to do a pen name and I’m just feeling so tired and defeated with everything.

  3. _Black_Acrylic

    Happy to see À l’intérieur gets a shout out here, that has to be my fave scissors scene. Defo the greatest gorefest of recent times. I have to see that film again somehow.

  4. Russ Healy

    Hi! Now that I have arthritis in my hands, all I can say is one cannot have too many scissors. Or sissors. I have at least one pair in every room in my house, and in my car and office. I might be inviting an accident, but damn arthritis hurts. Dennis, I just finished “I Wished.” Thanks for writing it. There were so many perfect sentences. I’m going to re-read it and bookmark the sentences that stood out. I have written case studies for academic publication, and have struggled to compose sentences that expressed what I wanted to convey. Most people don’t know how hard it is to write a good sentence, and how long it can take. Anyway – thanks for the book; I know it was very personal. Also, I was glad to read in comments that your and Zac’s film is going forward! I liked “Permanent Green Light” and have downloaded “Like Cattle Towards Glow,” which I will watch soon. Be well!

  5. trees

    Hi Dennis! Truly surprised that the scissor scene from The Exorcist 3 wasn’t included— gets me every time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH8ynu0jRvY

    Hope all’s well. Sending love from Philly.
    xot

  6. Steve Erickson

    How do you plan to start auditioning LA-based actors once the shoot is closer? In the past, you’ve worked with other kinds of performers, like dancers and musicians. Are you attracted to people who aren’t professional actors but have that kind of experience? (At a certain point, I wanted to cast a TV news anchor in one of my films, figuring that if he wasn’t exactly an actor, he was very experienced in conveying personality to the camera.)

    Where did that list of movies depicting violence with scissors come from?

    In preparation for interviewing Roger Shepherd, I downloaded the Chills’ SECRET BOX. It’s a 3-CD collection of demos, mostly featuring entirely unreleased songs, originally self-released by Martin Phillipps in an edition of 500. It’s still not available for legal download or streaming. He could’ve turned BRAVE WORDS & SUBMARINE BELLS into double albums with no loss in quality.

    I watched a movie on my new TV through VLC, but there seem to be many slight delays due to bumpy Wi-Fi or the fact that I’m broadcasting it to the TV rather than streaming something directly available on it.

    I didn’t make it to the Alain Resnais retro this weekend, but I hope to be able to go next week.

  7. Misanthrope

    Big D! What’s up? Hope your weekend’s been swell.

    I’ve just been so fucking busy at work and then with shit to take care of around the house, errands, etc. Bleh.

    This new bill that our overlords passed is going to give us a deluge of work very, very soon. Erp. Not looking forward to that, hahaha. Even though they pay me and my day is 8 hours and that’s it, nothing extra.

    Blah blah blah.

  8. Robert

    Oh man, this is a fantastic one. Those medical stories are gruesome. And the scissors horror is sort of uniquely effective–makes me nervous about having scissors around all the time. Nothing over the river that I saw, but the planes were flying around the whole city so you could probably see them looking up from it at least at some point. The whole thing was sort of a shitshow in that rain entailed a lot of delays and cold wet waiting, but the engines on the fighter jets were loud enough to make it worth it. And it was fun being around all those screaming little kids, in that you can sort of relate to the sheer amazement–I mean the technology on those things is just incredible.

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