p.s. First, major thanks to the all-knowing, all-seeing David Ehrenstein and his pal Bill for today's magnificence. Do devour and post your thoughts. Oh, before I forget, due to my traveling schedule, which gets me out of here on Sunday and back in Paris on Monday, I'm going to take this Monday off instead of the usual Sunday. So there'll be a post on Sunday, though probably not a wildly ambitious one. This has been my most unreportable LA trip, I think. There's really nothing much to share with you other than the visa-related stuff, but if by some miracle the tourist visa comes through, the next trip will a lot more worthy of anecdotes and pix galore, I think. But even expressing hope on that front fills me with anxiety, so I'll move on. ** Ronnie, Your captions gave that pic the soul I was hoping to suggest in quite a brilliant manner. So thank you, my collaborator. ** Maximum etc., I think you're right about her being the first 'naked' woman here, or on camera naked at least. I hope it doesn't cause a little riot here, but I think there might be more and better female nudity upcoming since I seem to be strangely more fascinated by strange heterosexual porn than strange gay porn these days. Still, I'll try to be strange and judicious about it. ** Adjoun, saa viccenzo, Sadly, that's a pic I've had floating around on my desktop for about a year, and I don't remember where I got it or what it's from. Sorry. ** C., I'm not a big Bel Ami fan, apart from their early stuff, but Josh Eliot, the peener sporting 'crying' model in that photo you liked is more than a bit of allright in my book. And I couldn't figure which picture it was that you didn't like. The guitar strumming one? ** An exploratory finger, That wicked pic is from a bizarre porn site called Retromature which concentrates on mom-son incest with the twist of historical settings and costumes. The weirdest thing is that in every picture from that site that I've seen, the models are always gazing confusedly off into space rather than each other, even when they're doing the hot and heavy, which I guess is the site's tip of the hat to historical paintings or something. ** Michael karo, Sorry about the boner quashing. Gosh, to me that wallpaper is the key. But then I'm all into melancholy in porn. If the models were lying on a bed in some West Hollywood apartment, I don't know that I would have grabbed and dragged that pic into your field of vision. Which is not to say your boner is unimportant to me. ** Nikolas, Well, white space porn must exist, but I can't think of an example off the top of my head. It's a good idea though. If I ever get to do my 'Citizen Kane' porn film, I'll implement your idea. Sorry I haven't written you back. Rough times here. Soon, my friend, and much appreciated. Wait, Scott Treleaven is moving into Centre International des Recollets? Well, that's cool, if so. You should definitely move in, but, before you start planning it, know that the place is not cheap at all. Yury and I pay 900 euro a month for a very small, dorm room like joint. That's one of the big reasons being over there needs to come to an end: I'm going very broke. But otherwise, yeah, join the party. ** David ehrenstein, My direct huge thanks to you for today. Betty Hutton in a hurricane: you nailed me. This trip is turning out to be the winding down business trip I suspected, so I'll be deprived of your presence just a little longer. I'm telling you, though, if Yury's and my dream of the impossible dream comes true, it'll be LA party time within a few weeks. ** The darwinist, Hi, welcome. I really appreciate that. Yeah, the UK is almost up there with the US on the fascist front. From what I understand, getting Yury a UK tourist visa would not a smidgen easier than getting a US one. Shocking to me, but then Tony Blair is just like shocking central, isn't he? Anyway, thank you. ** Jose, I feel like I know that feeling you describe very well, I think I get it quite a lot when I remember the alone times in my childhood. So, yeah, I'm totally with you. Doesn't anyone else here have that sensation? ** Bett, Hm, you know I'm kind of stumped as to what to ask SJ. My suggestion is to get some basic work related questions together to ask, thereby satisfying your employer, and in the actual interview, grab onto the things she says in her answers that more offbeat and interesting, and pursue them in the moment. I've done that. And the truth is, employers actually end up loving that shit as long as there's some kind of work context. So I guess my main advice is to pay close attention to her answers focusing particularly on the things in her answers that signal what she's longing to talk about, and then follow her unspoken lead. She'll love you for that, and it'll work like a charm interview-wise. Does that make sense? ** Robert-nyc, So how come you didn't take a pic of your kitsch collection for our home interiors Self-Portrait Day, young man? Maybe I'll have to do a kitsch collection day. ** James, It's good to see you. Oh, I'm sorry about the demeaning work you're having to do. Look, it's dust in the wind, you know? Annoying, time consuming dust in the wind, but nevertheless. You're such a talented, amazing guy, and a stupid job is just a temporary interruption, remember that. Anyway, with your brain, couldn't you get a more interesting job? That seems bizarre to me, though I've never had a real job, so what do I know? I'm really glad you like Milhauser. I think he's really special, one of the rare American fiction writers who's working in a really pure way. That's great. Really, I hope you can tough out this crappy work phase without losing your great spirit and originality. Don't let it overly get to you, okay? ** Xkoesj, So you've gotten the tattoo by now, yes? Does it hurt? Take a pic so we can see it. And you're another one with a job unsuitable for your greatness. Fuck it, you know? Are you still digging being in Sydney? I will write you soon. ** Dynomoose, What is a 'life lessons' figurine? ** 5stringaphasia, Dude, you're so kind. I'll stick to my guns as long as you do. ** Antonio, Well, I only bought two tapes from them 'cos the first two I bought were the broken ones. Oh fuck, I'm not going to remember that tape's name. Insane looking: oh, that's my LA speak for incredibly cute. His stage name is/was Edgar. Russian boy, maybe 20, did some work for Dolphin, did a not very good SEVP video. I never saw the tape, so I dont know if it was good, but it was the sequel to another video whose name also escapes at the moment, that was really good and really simple -- four Russian boys in a sauna having sex, that's it. But there was no music, and it was miked so you heard every breath and little crack of their knees and ankles and the squishing of saliva in their kisses, and they were very vocal during the sex, but not in an irritating fake way, just like every little thing from the slight movement of a finger to whatever else had an audio equivalent that they were incapable of suppressing. Anyway, that was my only TLAVideo experience. Yury would indeed be riveted by Project Runway were he able to see it, but he would be saying how ugly and stupid everything was at the same time, 'cos he's a no compromise kind of guy on the fashion front. Artstar: wow, have you seen any of it? Lastly, and I'll keep this brief, but I'm one of the Radiohead haters. Well, actually, I don't hate them. I hate the worshipping of them. It drives me crazy. Like is mainstream rock so lame that Radiohead's borrowed progressive stylistics and holier than thou attitude about their work and aggressive literacy really so special? And I know the answer is probably yes, but I think they're mucho mucho overrated. They're like a prog version of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. I know my opinion is the unpopular one, and it's terrible of me to fantasize giving pitchfork a virus in retaliation for their part in fostering the Radiohead is God phenomenon, but I don't care. Thom Yorke solo album: phooey! Am I crazy, antonio? You know I'm not. So what's the solution? ** Jack, God, what a prick, but my magic shop experiences tell me that the guys who work in those shops really are total snobs about that kind of stuff. You like Bel Ami, right? Josh Eliot is probably a little too fey for you, no? Yes? ** David c., I pray the temperature drops before your charity walk. I keep hearing it's supposed to lower this weekend over your way. It's inching cooler here, I think. But then I thought that yesterday at this time of the morning, and yet the boiling returned. ** Atheist, Hi and welcome. Well, here's my theory. Klark used to have the King Twink of Russia field to himself. His site got swamped with members. Then Ton came along and stole some of his thunder. And others followed Klark's lead like Ricky and the others. And with a zillion photo sets of Klark getting porked, he started to seem like an old shoe. And then Mike, the new Russian twink superstar came along, and Klark fell way back in the field. That said, I think Klark is fine. He's been doing a lot of guest appearances on Mike's site and others, and the photos would appear to be quite recent, although I do think the fact that Klark hasn't seemed to age a minute in five plus years of debauchery is a little strange. So, long story short, I think Klark is fine, but I think he's in the 'guest star/character actor' phase of his career. Does that help at all? ** Joe mills, I liked Superman Returns. I didn't think it was great or anything. I thought the ending was kind of belaboured. But as a summer blockbuster fan, I enjoyed it. I'm speaking as someone who has some discrimination about blockbusters. Although I think I might be quirky in my tastes too. I hate the Spiderman movies. I think they're totally empty, fake, mechanical crap. Yet I totally enjoyed Poseidon, which everyone else I know thinks is nuts. Anyway, I liked SR. I'm with you. ** Brian curtin, Yes, please contribute to my upcoming art crit day. I'd be honored. Just let me figure out how to do it, and watch this space. But yes, please. Oh, and belatedly, it was really nice of your boyfriend to post such kind words here earlier this week. Please thank him for me, or, if he's reading this, thank you. ** Lots to do today, not enough time to do it. Be well, and all praise to Dorothy and David and Bill.