p.s. Hey. ** Kai, Hi. Yeah, it’s glorious. With the big time change, I wouldn’t be surprised re: the post/comment timing, and I am starting to check back now. I’ve ‘harassed’ Ishmael again, and Chris Cochrane too, so hopefully between the two of them, a video will get ponied up and off to you in time. I’m on it. ** David Ehrenstein, Yes, I’m excited for you to see PGL. As soon as the LA date and locale are set, I’ll let you know. Early Feb. ** Derek McCormack, Derek, maestro, my dear pal and hero! Thank you for gracing my place. Millhauser is so great. Easily one the best writers the US has birthed, if you ask me. You good, I hope? I miss you! ** Sypha, Yes, I’ve been waiting for you to comment so I could tell you that I got Xmas card, and it’s wonderful, and thank you so much! And how, if I’m not mistaken, cool that my previous gif story was a source for it? I like the HS cover. It’s woozy. ** Nik, Hi, Nik. It’s a really great novel, I think. I’m a huge fan of his work in general, but that might be his masterpiece. Good luck with the cracking down. It’s good to feel solid enough about what you’re working on to get feedback. I just can’t do it. It totally confuses me. When I was early in the working on ‘God Jr.’, I read part of it aloud at a reading, and the response, which was mostly extremely enthusiastic, was so confusing to me that I stopped working on the novel for a year. I seem to need to guard my stuff until I suspect it’s ‘perfect’. Yeah, Zac and I are writing the TV script together. In a way Gisele is involved too because we show our ‘finished’ drafts to her and then incorporate her feedback in the final version. It’s really easy. Zac and I just have this total mental bond or something, and when we make things together it’s a bit like one person split in two. It changes the process because we have equal say, and I’m not reliant entirely on my own ideas and talent and instincts, and neither is he. It’s very good in our case. I don’t think I could work that way with anyone else, or I would be very surprised. The TV script will go to an official translator. Then Zac (with my help) will finesse the translation so that it works as subtly and intricately in French as it did in English, which will involve a fair amount of work since the languages are so different. I’m easing towards being objective enough to listen to the new Xiu Xiu track, ha ha. This weekend. You have a great one! ** Dominik, Hi! Yeah I like it, the first buche. It’s creepy. It’s kind of like those pods in ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’. Still deciding on the rest, although I have to decide soon. Some of them are ltd. ed., and they do sell out. The innocence of Hatsune Miku is very interesting. You’re watching a spectacle, a young female pop star, where there’s generally always an erotic or longing aspect or something as a part of the show, and that’s absent, and you noice and feel that absence, and that’s extremely interesting. 10 days! Wait, maybe only 9 now! The day before yesterday, I dutifully opened the window on my advent calendar, and there was no chocolate. It was obviously a mistake, but it spooked me a little, like it was a bad omen. I’ll see if I can find something about ‘Girl’ online. My week was heavy script work, as predicted. And my back, which has been kind of shitty to me every once in a while since I was a kid — I grew faster than it did — decided to fuck up on me like it does occasionally, so I’ve been in pain, but it’s getting better. But that did slow me down. Now I’m waiting to see if Paris explodes from the big protests today. All the shops and everything around me are closed and boarded up just in case. Gulp. So I think it’ll be a quiet, or, rather, very noisy, impaired weekend around here. I hope yours gives you everything! ** _Black_Acrylic, It’s a super great novel. I highly recommend it. Enjoy your weekend maximally, buddy. ** Keayton, I think it might be very interesting to get older inside but stay young outside. Hm, or maybe not. I had to do everything yesterday because today everything is boarded up, and the streets will be filled with angry people. I might tiptoe around. I don’t want a dick for Xmas. I don’t even want an ass, I don’t think. Well, maybe. Depending. I’m guessing Parisians are better, but you know me. Survive everything. ** Steve Erickson, I almost never remember my dreams either. Or I think do for about 6 seconds, but then the dream’s gone, vamoose. When I do remember, I don’t think I ever dream about celebrities, which us weird because everyone I know seems to. I’ve always been very fond of the second Pete Shelley album, ‘XL1’. ** Bill, ‘Edwin Mullhouse’ is great. Me too, re: Paris. I’ll know soon enough. The sky is buzzing loudly with helicopters as I type, so … eek. Frith lives there? That’s so weird. Now I want to go listen to my Slapp Happy albums. Especially … what’s the really good one with the Henry Cow collab. … ‘Desperate Straits’? Enjoy your presumably war-free weekend! ** Misanthrope, Good that LPS is sourcing amusing anecdotes again. That’s a good start. Belated happy b’day to your heroic mom! Andrew Holleran? Dude, you’re so gay. I read ‘Dancer from …’ back when, not my thing. I think I tried to read ‘Nights in Aruba’, really not my thing. You never see anybody talk about The Violet Quill anymore. That’s a good thing, if you ask me, which you didn’t. But I digress. Enjoy the shit out of your weekend. ** Okay. I suppose it might a bit ostentatious of me to devote a whole weekend to one of my gif works, but I think this is one of my best ever, and so I’m giving it the two-day treatment, and, if it interests or effects you, I would love to hear anything about how, of course. If it doesn’t, enjoy whatever else you do until Monday. Assuming my portion of Paris remains intact, I will see you then.