p.s. The weekend, finally. Not a whole lot new here. I don't know about you, but, Salvador Dali having besmirched his name with so much lazy, money grubbing crap art in the last decades of his life, I'm kind of wowed to see these early gorgeous, weird, still very inspired works from him. See what you think. Oh, I saw and really liked Linklater's 'A Scanner Darkly.' Such a pleasure to hear/see Dick's crazily great writing and sensibility so loyally and interestingly translated onto film at long last. Tonight one of my fave artists and LA pals Amy Sarkisian has a gallery show opening here, so that's where Yury and I will be. Otherwise, time will tell. I hope all of your weekends pan out accordingly. ** Jheorgge, Awesome and many thanks re. the impending Day. Yeah, you've got the address right. Nice to see others here are excited too. Very cool you write for Plan B. Excellent stuff. What's Everett True like as a real dude? ** David c., Oh good, I'll go check your refreshed blog. I'm not sure what this London Open House is, although it doesn't take a scientist to guess, and exploring architecture sounds quite pleasant. And thanks for the Patti link. Nice. ** Katsim, So what is myspace living doing to our minds? I'd be curious to read a take on myspace that wasn't written by some clueless, paranoid adult who's transparently bitter that he/she didn't have a place like that to go adventuring when they were teens. All this media fanning of non-existent myspace-related flames is so weird and predictable. ** Antonio, Regardless of how it happened, or whether you think you're just a lucky stiff, it's seriously great that you'll get to spend time at Berkeley. And, yeah, praying with all my might, I hope I'll be in LA by fall 2007 -- if not, I'll probably be hanging from the nearest tree -- and that we can kidnap each other, although I think you need to be kidnapped to LA a lot more than the other way around. Speaking of lucky stiffs, Rudolf Nureyev's really cock was kind of huge, huh? Not that I got anywhere near it. He and it are buried here in Paris. ** Mizu, I don't know what '13 Tzameti' is, or I'm spacing. But I'll hunt the trailer down this morning. Thanks. ** Joe mills, Well, everbody who thinks they know everything says/thinks Jake Glyllenhaal is gay, so maybe, if he is, the other two got tagged by proxy. Bill Drummond, right? Yeah, I was going to say 'Garbage is Scottish?!' but then I remembered Shirley Manson is. I interviewed Garbage for Spin once. They were really nice folk. I felt for SM when she got so deeply bamboozled by the JT shit. But it was evidence of her niceness. Cigarettes: I hover around a pack and a half a day. Well, actually, less than that ever since Yury demanded I smoke in the stairwell. I've never gotten up to two packs a day other than on rare days of heavy stress or intense writing. What does Jimmy Somerville do these days? I haven't heard a thing about him in years. You love 'Bladerunner' too? As crap as Rutger Hauer can be, he'll always be immortal to me for that scene on the roof. Amazing film, so incredibly influential. Jax shared a bed with Edwyn Collins?! ** David ehrenstein, When does 'Shortbus' open in the US? Well, now you've got me very interested to see it, obviously. I'm wishing the best for it in theory, both because JCM is a cool guy, and because the possible in-the-works Carter Smith feature I wrote, 'Warm,' has a bunch of hardcore porn in it too, and I imagine 'Warm's chances to get financed, etc. will depend somewhat on how JCM's film does, so fingers crossed and gulp. ** 5stringaphasia, Pearl Jam: Basic respect for their politics and integrity, no interest in their music. Tool: Don't like them. Don't get why people do. Seem really average to me. Saw them live, thought they were tedious. But I'm interested in the possibility of being convinced otherwise. ** Paul curran, Thanks a lot for the kind words, man. ** Tosh, Okay, I'm moving Billy MacKenzie Day to the top of my to-do list, and I'll see if the goods to make such a thing possible are out there. Probably, right? ** Math tinder, That is a good Bible signing story, thanks. Maybe if I ever cross paths with the big man, I'll say hello and not immediately duck. ** Larkspur, You saw the Lynch? Oh, man. I just don't see how it's possible that it could be less than amazing if possibly flawed at worst. When's the last time he made a film that was less than absolutely fascinating, you know? Fingers very crossed for that Sight & Sound interview/cover. So if you were in Venice, did you see the Resnais, the Robbe-Grillet? Anything else there strike you as great or disappointingly shit? ** Robert-nyc, Internet at home, allright! ** Akechikogorou, Well, if you're still around enough to read this, thanks, and if you feel like it, hit me with an email if you want to meet up here, etc.? You're a great asset and pleasure to have here, so I and everyone else I'm sure will be looking forward to your return. ** Thomas, Oh gosh, that's awesome. I wasn't fishing for gifts, seriously. Lou Barlow Day: Yeah, that could be good. I'm a little in the camp that's lost interest in his work of the last years as it's gone a bit soppy, though I'm a huge fan of his up-until-'Bakesale' Sebadoh work and his up-until- about-the-same -period Sentridoh stuff. But maybe a Day tracing the rise and arguable fall would be interesting. Yeah, I'll list the idea. 'Sebadoh III' is one of my very, very favorite all time albums. ** Jack, Hey! Long time no see. Awesome. Yeah, you can call me Denny. That's what three-quarters of my siblings call me. Let's see ... I never bought 'Reverberation.' I was scared by the idea of it. I only know the single. But I should get it, yeah, especially with your enthusiasm. I can probably get it for like a dollar at this point. Yeah, I really love Pavement. I mentioned them here just the other day re. 'Cherry Area.' If they're not mentioned that much it's likely just because the blog hasn't been so musically oriented lately for some reason. But Pavement are still one of my all time favorite bands, and I hugely love Malkmus's work, even the most recent one, though it's true that it hasn't had as many plays here as the others. My favorite is 'Pig Lib.' I love the way he played off early 70s British blues/psych, especially The Groundhogs. Last time I saw him, he and I had a great gab fest about The Groundhogs, big mutual faves. Maybe I should do a Malkmus Day to make up for any possible neglect. Bruce is already back in LA, but I'll be heading there ere long, and I'll pass along your delayed hello. You know Bruce? Interesting. Great to see you. ** Perspects, I hear you about Heaven 17. I still have a fondness for the 'Crushed by the Wheels of Industry' period, that album, whatever it's called, though it was drooping a little by then, yeah. Eric Gaffney, amazing. He's also in my most fuckable rock stars list. Do you know what he's up to? I ask and ask people, even people who seem to know him a little, and nobody has much news. I miss him. ** Jose, Yeah, I'm keeping up on the Montreal school shooting and sorting through the predictable media fingerpointing at games/music/the net/blah blah. I'm curious to know the 'real' story once the smoke clears. But that incident and the bizarro, wildly imaginative news coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's son's death are keeping me busy. ** Gregoryedwin, Now that's great news. Not that there was any doubt you'd ace that stuff. But still, your relief is tenable. Now you can really dig into your writing? I mean after the partying down. ** Creative massacre, I don't know Children of Bodom. The rest I do, at least a smidgen. Thanks. So you're a Black Metal fan then? Everybody's so complex here. We fucking rule, no? ** Dynomoose, Goodness, obviously don't take chances with your kid's illness. Like others said, get her to doctor, yeah? That must be so scary. Now you've got me/us concerned, so do let us know how the little person and you are doing, okay? ** The End. Breathe as easy as humanly possible this weekend, and I'll see you on Monday.