p.s. I think my cold is peaking today. Unfortunately, I'm even lower energy and weaker on the concentration front than I was yesterday, so apologies in advance for any skimming and half-responses. Colds are stupid things, but they're there. I think I'll be vociferous tomorrow. I'm glad you liked the Bataille essay. I'm working on a full fledged Bataille Day which I should be able post pretty soon. Everything else can wait. ** Simon, Hey. Next week should be fine. If you can do a plus one, that'd be great because nikolas might be in Paris then and either he or Yury (more likely the former) might like to go. If that's not cool, no problem. It'd be good to see you. ** David ehrenstein, You're a Bataille guy. Well, of course you are. If my first Bataille Day isn't enough of a doozy, I'll do more. You interviewing anyone else for your Brits in LA piece? Where and when are it appearing again? ** Robert-nyc, Thanks for the goodness about 'MLT.' Yeah, John's 'MD' commentary is classic. Take care. ** 5stringaphasia, Your porn hits my spot. ** Atheist, Here here re. your boyfriend's enlightenment and reborn adorability. He ranks an 'aw' from me. ** Joe mills, Hey, joe, I've been wondering where you were. Yeah, post-binge depressions. Probably the main reason I decided to go clear headed for the most part. Though I never liked alchohol much, except to take the drug edge off, or to display my misery theatrically to a few boyfriends who weren't treating me very well. Here's to art making as the best drug. ** Museopropaganda, Always a pleasure. I saw 'Ma Mere.' I thought it was rather interesting. I'm very curious about Honore. People here hold him and particularly his fiction in high regard, though none of his fiction has made its way into English, as far as I know. I saw him do a talk here, and he's a charismatic guy and not at all unattractive, for whatever that's worth. ** Momo, Enjoy your 'friend.' 'The Trial of Gilles de Rais' is a great Bataille, I agree. For the documents alone, much less GB's brilliant thinking. I'm not feeling better, but I will. It's just a biological scratch, I think. Thanks. ** Jeff, Dude, the deleting ... I ... oh, you know, you're awesome and cool, and you can delete what you want. I just hope I get lucky and have a peek before it disappears. You're super valuable here, you know. Vincent Gallo: I don't have some huge beef with him. I honestly don't really care. Yeah, his politics and homophobia, stance or real, are irksome, but it's nice he likes Bresson, and he was in a funny band with Lukas Haas, and anyone Lukas Haas likes is probably not too horrible a person. So no big at all. Oh, and my favorites in that vein are exactly your favorites in that vein. Blanchot's my main man. I'd add Barthes, if he qualifies as being in that vein. ** Cautivos, How great that you like Bataille. Is most of his work translated into Spanish, or do you read the French, or ...? ** Akechikorogou, Really fascinting and lucid thoughts on Bataille and your relationship to his work. Thank you. My discovery? Someone sent me a review copy of 'Story of the Eye' when it was first published in English. I was amazed and read all there was by him in English, which wasn't much back then: the novels, 'Literature of Evil,' maybe one other book. Then the avalanche of English Bataille started and I read almost everything. Oh, this is the worst possible day to ask me to talk about politics, and I dare not try, except to say, as I've said before, I'm an anarachist by philsophy. Hence the whole political system in place is difficult to negotiate, though I've landed on leftism and pragmatism as a suitable compromise, basically fighting against the consolidation of power by those who use power poorly, and that usually means Republicans, and that usually means I wind up supporting candidates on the left who have a reasonable chance to keep the horrible out of office, but the foreign nature of the political system in the US relative to my beliefs makes it difficult to talk about, especially since politics tends to make very emotional. Anyway, one of these clear days I'll try to talk more about all that. I appreciate the question. And may I ask about your politics? ** Garrison, If I get to do my porn, I could definitely use behind the camera people as much as I could use the before the camera people. So your offer is much appreciated and duly noted for that golden future time. I hope Gosling knocked your socks off. ** Statictick, Oh, cool. I'll go read your collab entry. I mean when my brain reactivates. Very cool. Who's next? ** Katsim, Seriously, let me map you out the most amazing, unearthly drive through Southern Utah when the time is right. You should rent a car in Provo and then follow the slightly off the beaten track route I'll give you -- giving yourself a couple of days or three -- to Las Vegas. Southern Utah is prpbably the most awe inspiring place in the United States. I'll prove it to you. ** Tigersare, Oh, okay, maybe. We'll see if anything's worthy in the porn writing. I'll have to transcribe it, as I write by hand in a hard to read script. But maybe. If you guys promise not to decide I'm as seriously deranged as my non-fans seem to think. ** Sweetpiss, You have to make that film, right? I mean you have to. So says I. ** Gregoryedwin, Yeah, duh on the John Mark Karr development. What a fishy bunch of money and time wasting shit that whole trajectory was from the outset. There's some very interesting sub-plot in there somewhere. You rented some real good stuff from library. And as a guy who finds the Stargate SG-1 series a guilty pleasure, I don't have a quibble with the MacGuyver choice. I actually think he's quite a funny actor. ** C., Your post made me sit and stare into fuzzy space for a while. You're like the angel of my head cold. ** Susan, Awesome to see you. That link is a treasure. I mean in theory since I'll save it for the healthier me. I knew nothing about it, but the title alone ... ** Paradigm, I'm kind of really loving that people as extraordinary as you feel you can purge here. High quality people should have the option of purging to those who see and feel things as complicatedly as you or whoever else here does. I purge here too. Anyway, I lost my train of thought in a synapses misfire about four phrases back, but you know what I mean. ** Steve, I think it's posturing. Gallo's one of those guys whose work might start to look pretty good when the now is the past and you start to add things up. Or something. I shouldn't be trying to think. I will say, give me 'The Brown Bunny' over 'Gerry' any day. ** Antonio, Hey, man. Your school does sound unworthy of you, but you're already spinning gold from poo. Anyway, we're here to get you through and hear your reports. ** Jose, Your dream sounds like my reality. Off the top of my unclear head, artsy film school does seem hugely preferable to the commercially bent ones. Why that school in particular? Locale? Did you ever consider, like, NYU or AFI or ...? ** Mizu, We missed you just as you missed us. Probably more. It's so funny to think my blog would become an issue between two people in a relationship. I guess this can be an odd, superficially objectionable place sometimes, so it makes sense. But cool it worked out. Say hey to your husband for me. ** Lost child, You're the other angel of my head cold. One of my dreams to put you and c. together somewhere someday and just sit there with my chin on my folded hands and watch you guys talk. Sigh. ** Allright, I don't even know what I just typed I'm so vague. But if my zipper was down, just ignore it, and give me another chance tomorrow. It's almost 1 pm here, and I'd better post this thing.