The blog of author Dennis Cooper

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p.s. Hey. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Thanks. Yes, if all goes well, we’ll have the subtitles properly placed by the end of today, and then we can move on to the credits and titles. We’re in a bit of rush because our producer wants to submit the film to the Sundance Film Festival, and the deadline is next week, in which case we’ll have to submit it without the sound being finished and just tell them the sound is still rough, which is supposedly okay, so we’re aiming to do that. Great that you have the order done. The Editor’s Note is always a hard thing, or that kind of thing is hard for me, but maybe you’ll find the right things to say easily, I hope. It shouldn’t be too long a trip to Amsterdam, but then I’m used to flying to Japan and LA. It will be worth it, I would surely imagine. No, one of the people going felt unwell, so we didn’t go to Parc Asterix. But it’s okay because we were able to do a big preliminary meeting with our sound editor. What’s up with you today? Have a fine one! ** Armando, Hi. Oh, no, I didn’t take it bad at all. I was just trying to instill deserved confidence. Cool about the discount. Let me pass that along. Everyone, You can download Armando’s really terrific album at a 40% discount if you do that by September 14th. I would jump on that if I were you. You can do that here. ** David Ehrenstein, Ha ha. ** Steve Erickson, It’s true that often the best profiles are those where the authors can’t help but push things far enough that the dodginess becomes half the pleasure. Ah, right, about the sound thing. If you have seven takes though, you should be okay. Glad you ended up liking the Couch Slut album so much. I’ll go read that linked article when I get a break today, thanks. I suppose, knowing what admittedly little I do, that there could be an argument for Katy Perry being a feminist artist? ** Bill, Hi, Bill. Yeah, I thought the post had a kind of transgressive vaudeville show quality this month. Very, very cool news that you think you can work on a new project this weekend. Assembling the text from fragments from different sources sounds exciting, and, yeah, a bit labor intensive, but, more importantly, exciting. Let me know how it goes. ** Chris dankland, Chris! So good to see you, man, and to see that you’re holding it together in the midst of all of that madness. The mess seems so gigantic. It’s hard to get one’s mind around it. Thanks for paying attention to the slaves’ blurbs under those circumstances. I read Raymond’s Twitter off and on, and I half-want to join Twitter in part to keep up with Raymond’s missives. Guy’s such a non-stop, inexhaustible genius. So happy that you’re home again. Are you able to work on your writing and projects with all of that going on everywhere around you? Cool you got into the Kutmah album. It’s really nice, right? Take very good care, my pal. ** H, Hi. Abigail Child, interesting. I believe I’ve only seen a couple of her early short films. I don’t remember them vividly, but I know I liked them. Huh, I wonder if there’s enough of her work in sample form online to do a post about her. That would be a good thing. I’ll try. Off the top of my head, I think doing your work on her work is a very good idea. What is that particularly draws you to her work? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Ha, nice to take her aback, and nice that she was able to feed you a few useful links nonetheless. Keys! That’s huge! So happy for you, and, before too long, us! ** Jeff J, Hi, Jeff. I haven’t read ‘At the Hotel Clarendon’, no. But revisiting ‘MD’ makes me want to fill in the blanks of her work. I’ll try to try that book next. I did check out the Chris Marker CD-rom in an exhibition of his stuff at the Pompidou a couple of years back. I wanted really badly to create a CD-rom way back when, some kind of complicated game as literary work, but I’m so glad my agent, who sensed the CD-rom’s short life, talked me out of it. The new GbV album is very good. I realize that people must distrust my opinion since I’m such a diehard, but these two recent GbV albums are the best Pollard work in a while, I think. I prefer ‘August by Cake’, if I have to choose, but they’re both very sharp. Awesome that your novel revisions and the music project are progressing well. I’m hoping your eyes are fully supported by external forces now. ** Joseph, Hi, man. Ha, it’s true that those who surely find the slave posts objectionable don’t tend to pop in here to kvetch. I like what you wrote about the nature of their honesty a lot. Yeah, that’s a great way to see/characterize the profiles, etc. Thanks for the sharpness. Cool, yeah, I think ‘Atlantic Island’ is my second favorite Duvert now. I think it’s definitely one of his very best, based on what’s been translated. Good to see you, buddy. ** Misanthrope, You’re a Superman, man, murdering that fucked muscle with torture. I just get charley horses while sleeping sometimes, But I always have. I have gotten a few pro, very good massages, a couple in Japan, and one at a spa in Switzerland. I liked them. I didn’t quite get the hype about them though. I am a huge supporter of the chiropractic. To me, those guys are miracle workers and magicians supreme. Enjoy the loose goosey weekend! ** Okay. Have you gotten very sleepy? See you tomorrow.

15 Comments

  1. Armando

    Hey,

    I am *VERY* sleepy.

    Oh, sorry, the discount is until September the 12th and only using the codeword ulalume

    All the best,

    A.

    • David Ehrenstein

      Ah the influence of “The Divine Edgar” I see.

  2. Steve Erickson

    I have heard a lot of stories about filmmakers staying up all night the day before the Sundance deadline and turning in rough cuts at 10 AM that morning.

    I suppose there’s a case for Katy Perry as a filmmaker, but it seems like the past five years of mainstream pop music are filled with odes to female empowerment that really boil down to a bunch of empty slogans and don’t say anything substantial. I was amazed to read an interview where Kathleen Hanna defended Miley Cyrus. On the other hand, I think it’s very funny that Alex Jones called Beyonce, whose music is as good as mainstream pop gets these days, a CIA agent who is on a mission to brainwash teenagers into hating the police and acting like sluts. Is there any possibility he literally believes all the crazy shit he says?

    There was an op-ed piece in the New York Times around the VMAs saying something along the lines of “cultural appropriation is great.” Predictably, the response from every single progressive writer was “no, it’s totally awful.” (And some right-wing writers saluted the NYT op-ed.) I wrote a lengthy post about appropriation on Facebook several months ago whose conclusion was “it’s really complex and nuanced,” and after reading the NYT op-ed responses, I realize I would have been slaughtered had anyone actually read that post. Fortunately, it centered on the obscure New York rock band 75 Dollar Bill, whose music is basically an imitation of the North African blues-rock scene, and the implications of their style. I think I was protected by the fact I chose to write about a band no one has heard of, rather than Miley Cyrus.

    • Steve Erickson

      I meant “Katy Perry as a feminist,” obviously.

  3. Nick Toti

    Hi Dennis,

    For a brief moment, I thought you had used a GIF from a short film I directed: https://giphy.com/gifs/Uag5WNEROV9Uk

    Your new piece reminds me of the all-yellow GIF work you posted earlier this year. I love the idea of organizing a narrative around a shape (not that this particular GIF piece has a narrative, but it suggests certain possibilities). The only examples that come to mind are maybe the recurring spiral shape in “Vertigo” or the shape of certain butts that drive the plot in Daniel Clowes’s comic “David Boring.” Maybe the mysterious symbol from “Crying of Lot 49”? Fun to think about…

  4. Dóra Grőber

    Hi!

    It’s very exciting news about the Sundance Film Festival! I guess it must be quite the pressure to finish everything as soon as possible but it’s reassuring that you can submit your film even with the sound not being in its final form! Did you manage to place the subtitles?
    I find the Editor’s Note kind of hard too but I have these… moments when I suddenly just naturally know what I want to say without sounding entirely lame so I’m waiting ’til it happens again, haha.
    Yes, I know, it’s not even a long trip and I’m really trying hard to beat this anxiety because I’m also sure it’ll be worth it!
    Oh, I’m sorry about Parc Asterix! I hope whoever felt unwell feels a lot better today! Did, at least, the meeting with your sound editor go well?
    I, once again, spent my day with Anita because she’s going to Denmark this Sunday. She’s gonna work there at a hostel again and she doesn’t know when exactly she’ll be back (she’s planning to move out there permanently so she needs some time to experience life there in general and stuff) so we had this half-farewell, half I-should-move-abroad-too meeting today.
    How was the day on your end? Successful, I hope!

  5. chris dankland

    i liked the post today — hypnotism is something that has always creeped me out. i think titling the post that made it feel a bit scarier for me. like my mind was scrolling down into a strange dimension. all the fidget spinners u included were great, i hope they aren’t an evil ploy of the illuminati to hypnotize the youth

    i wasn’t able to write anything while the flood was ongoing, but yesterday and today i’ve been writing pretty much all day which is a relieving thing for me, like recharging my batteries. work is closed for the week and so far all the volunteering places i’ve signed up for already have a wealth of people to help out. they’ll call me if they need me, but i also figure that in the weeks and months ahead is when they’ll need people the most. there are still ongoing problems like that chemical plant and different oil refineries, plus the mayor is telling a bunch of people to go ahead and evacuate b/c the water in that part of town isn’t gonna go away for another 12-15 days. some parts of the city are hit way harder than others, although in general most of the streets are clear now and people are starting to clear out their homes. now that the immediate danger is going away, it kind of feels like the city is reaching the grieving part of the disaster as people come to terms with what they’ve lost and what they’re gonna do next. it’s good to see everybody come together and help, and so far it seems like the government is stepping up with aid, but i remain suspicious based on how New Orleans went. for now i think everybody’s just trying to stay positive and be supportive of each other, which is good.

    • chris dankland

      on the news they just said that maybe half a million to a million cars got destroyed in the flood. and that’ s just in houston, that’s not even counting all the rest of texas that got hit. only 15-20 percent of damaged homes had flood insurance. there’s gonna be so many ongoing problems in the city from this. i’m counting my blessings, i was really lucky

      • James Nulick

        Chris,

        I’m very glad to hear you are ok. My thoughts are with you ❤❤

        • Steve Erickson

          Chris, do you think you’ll eventually do any writing about the hurricane and its aftermath? From what Billy Martin/Poppy Z. Brite has written in various places, I think one of the reasons he retired from writing may be that he felt constant pressure to incorporate Katrina into his work and couldn’t figure out how to deal with it in a way he felt comfortable with.

  6. Jamie

    Hey Dennis! How are you?
    Again I’m so sorry not to get to meet and hang with you. Glad that you got to go to your meeting tho. Smiley. Was it ok?
    I’ve been in a medical whirlwind since I got home. I think everything’s going to be ok. Hannah and I have agreed to redo her birthday in Paris at a later date, so I’d love to try and meet up then, even just for a coffee and a bun. Also, we didn’t manage to score a scone, but I’d packed you a small gift which I’d love for you to have. Do you have a mailing address I can send it to?
    What’s been happening? I’ve been in bed a lot so have not much else to say. Apologies but I couldn’t look at today’s post for too long as it was making me queasy, but I will on my return to full health.
    How’s your weekend shaped? Hope it’s like a vegan burger that makes all carnivores well jeal.
    Optimistic love,
    Jamie

  7. _Black_Acrylic

    Funnily enough, I negotiated my first roundabouts in today’s driving lesson. There was no sleepiness thankfully, but I did find my left arm getting tired – an annoying MS symptom that seems to usually happen after an hour and a half behind the wheel. But I got through it okay and can mark today off as good progress.

    This evening there was an event for the printing class I was doing at the DCA the other week – the ‘Perth Road Acid Flashback’ piece was framed and looking good. I’ll go back tomorrow morning for some breakfast in the cafe and get a photo of my handiwork.

    I got an Instagram message today from my Glasgow-based friend Rachel Walker. There’s a few of them plan to put on a show of work by the extraordinary Sophie Lisa Beresford in the new year, and would like me to be involved somehow. You may recall I put together a recent DC’s blog post in SLB’s honour so I’m defo on board with this, oh yeah.

  8. Misanthrope

    Dennis, I like your statement here about time and the human experience of time and how we waste time sleeping. Arcades Fire’s great song, “Rebellion (Lies)”, begins with, “Sleeping is giving in, no matter what the time is.” I think this the visual representation of that line.

    Yeah, I’ve been looking into chiropractors/osteopaths. I just don’t when I’d have the time to get to one. The really good ones don’t seem to be in my area but in DC or Alexandria, VA. Both places are only 20 miles away, but it takes an hour-plus to get to either.

    Speaking of which, I’m going to my friend Erin’s in Alexandria on Sunday for a very small cookout. That should be fun.

    Did you like superheroes as a kid? Do you like any of them now?

    I’ve found that the best way to deal with a knot of muscle like that is to work it. Get the blood in there, get it to healing. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s always worked for me, just like you should always stretch strained muscles…it does them a world of good.

    Hmm, I’ve really got to think about a good professional massage.

  9. James Nulick

    Dennis!

    I felt sleepy after reading/scrolling today’s post, however I had just woken up when I looked at it, so I’m not sure if it was the post’s magical powers, or some remnant of sleep working in the background. I know it sure facilitated connections elsewhere. Then after your post I was looking at fidget spinners, thinking this is it?! There must be some kind of Satanic draw, perhaps every fidget spinner is infused with a tiny evil spirit that haunts the child who owns the spinner… ?

    Your film is in the end credits stage? That seems incredibly fast, Dennis! Why it seems like only yesterday when I was reading your on-set notes. Sundance would be really awesome, that is big time, yes? If your film is screened at Sundance, would you and Zac attend the screening? I’m trying to picture you in Park City! ?

    Thank you for the Nicole Brossard post the other day, that book seems right up my alley. I’m doing well, just plugging along, writing 2 hours each morning, it has been both fun and challenging, creating a carefully-sculpted world that is really just words on paper…

    You said that the new Duvert that was recently released was your second favorite Duvert… so I was wondering, which book is your favorite Duvert?

    Sleepy in Seattle,
    James xoxo ?

  10. Steve Erickson

    I saw a documentary on the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement tonight, directed by Glauber Rocha’s son Eryk. There’s lots of fascinating interviews and clips in it, but I felt that it should have been longer – it clocks in around 90 minutes – and better edited. It throws in lots of references to filmmakers that assume everyone watching the film knows exactly who they are and how significant they are. I’m somewhat knowledgeable about Cinema Novo and I’ve seen all the films Glauber Rocha made in the ’60s, but I still found myself wondering “Who are these people?” constantly. I would’ve preferred something more along the lines of Bertrand Tavernier’s three-hour long and very personal documentary on the history of French cinema, which was released in June in the U.S.

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