p.s. I don't know if you guys think in terms of the publishing houses you like or are interested in, but I'd love hear your tips and faves inside or outside the United States. I think the rise of indie publishers is going to save a lot of great artists. Well, it already has. Maybe this post is a good one to follow up the projects report day since a number of you are working rather extraordinary sounding writing projects, and a safety net is always nice. Now, need I even say the projects that people are working on are so fantastic and impressive across the board? Back me up here: there wasn't one project that wasn't exciting and in serious need of existing in the world. You people never cease to astonish and inspire me. Those of you I know, and those of you who keep arriving. Incredible. There's no way I can give each project or progress report any kind of worthy response in the situation that this p.s. format and my life's time frame can allow, so just know I'm blown away. What I will do is set up a new link/page where the the progress reports and new projects will be permanently on display in the next couple of days. Thank you, guys. If you posted something that asked for a response from me, I'll do my best, but I'll have to be brief all the way around because I need to scurry through the Monday comments and answer any direct queries there as well. I'll do another progress report and call for new projects by the new people in a few months. Yeah, I just don't what to say. The hugest respect and supportiveness from me that you can imagine. ** (Monday) Atheist, There is suddenly some hope that my brother might have come to a few of his senses and will sign the agreement on my mom's will. But I'll believe it when I see it. He's talking the talk of someone who's realized he's acting irrational at least. My mom is not doing well at all. Pancreatic cancer doesn't give its victims a pleasant ending in any way. So she's still mostly lucid but is in ever-increasing pain and on ever stronger pain killers, and, well, I'm sorry to pass on such a downer, but it's just not an easy thing for her and consequently for us. It's all about just trying to make her as comfortable as possible and not knowing how long things will continue. Sorry, but since you asked, that's the story. I appreciate your asking. ** Tony o'neill, Just let me know, re. the publishers. The very, very best of luck at your event in Holland, not that you need it, duh. ** Misanthrope, You're getting warmer on the Yury job guess, though not yet hot. Which is not to say you're not hot personally. I bet you are. ** Tosh, 'My Mind's Eye,' fuck yeah. The band I had in high school did a cover of that song in our live shows, sung by yours truly. There's a tape somewhere, but nobody is going to hear it. Nope. ** Jheorgge, I must say your studies are hugely disaapointing based on your report. 'The Full Monty?!" And if I'd been there to see the derision of 'L'Argent,' there would have been a school shooting for sure. Well, just be a great enemy, I guess. Oh, the Dave Lombardo non-appearance was a complete mind slip and fatal error. I don't know what I was thinking. He's likely the greatest rock drummer alive, for anti-Christ's sake. Forgive me, jhoerggey, for I knew not what I did. ** Nick, Well, howdy. Excellent to see you. ** 5stringaphasia, Yury said to tell you he thinks the Mother Russia monument is 'impressive,' and to add that he was raised in the newly post-Soviet Russia where everyone was pressured/taught to hate everything to do with Communism, so it's hard for him to have a clear opinion. ** Richard eichmann, You need to listen to 'Reign in Blood' asap. Oh, there's an email from you, yes, but I haven't opened it yet. Soon. ** Jose, Actually, 'Lain' is one of Yury's all time favorite animes, so nice call. ** Alice in chains, Even though most of my friends hate Atari Teenage Riot, I think because what's-his-name is supposedly is such an arrogant prick, I like 'em. Well, the older stuff. They're not still around, are they? ** Blake, Hey. The end of the month is looking like maybe I'll be here, maybe I'll have flown back to LA at a day's notice. I can't tell. Things are rough with my mom, and I can't make concrete plans. So I don't know. I'm really sorry. We'll figure something out because I really want to meet up and talk about your project. The timing just couldn't be worse. ** David ehrenstein, I've made a note to ask Catherine R-G your question the next time I see her. ** Alistairmc, Hey, man. It's so nice to see you. Great that your book's turned in. Norman Frisch sent me some strange link to some news story that a performance of yours got banned or ... ? I couldn't figure it out. Anyway, I hope it's all either notoreity under the bridge or fun for you if it isn't. Cool. I hope I'll get to see you and Tim soon. ** Vomitingghosts, Your piece was beautiful, yeah, kind of like 'The Beloveds' (a compliment to me not you), and thanks a lot. ** Winter rates, I have emails out to two eczema-haunted friend, and I'll let you know if they have any advice. ** Garrison, Oh, on 'The Queen,' I thought it was real good, don't get me wrong. But I guess I didn't fall in love with it, no. Not that I really think it had problems or anything. But I felt more than like for it. I think I was just so into her performance that I was mostly watching her work and not the film itself so much. ** (Tuesday-Wednesday) Brooklyn serpico, Dude, I'm so envious of you that I could get drunk, I mean about Pollard, duh, and about the wrecked stage diving boy too. Cool you dove. Cool you didn't die. I guess you probably heard that Pollard tore his calf muscle right after the NYC show and had to cancel the rest of his tour, so you got especially lucky. Anyway, feel my drool. ** Nicehex, Hey, I really appreciate you sharing your project. Christ, that's great. The film sounds amazing. If I'm in LA, and you ever have screenings, I'd love to see it, naturally. Anyway, just big congrats and a lot of anticipation from me. ** Antonio, Based on your project, I see a MacArthur Grant in your future. ** Tony o'neill, Congrats on selling the footballer book. What a curious project. And of course your fiction project sounds excellent. ** Math t, Complacency is definitely worse than anything. I can't think of a more horrible state. The new drawings rock. You're great with sex. ** Maria mcgregor, I'd love copies of your zines when they're finished, if you could spare them. I'll reimburse the postage if it helps. ** James, Hey, you're back, at least fort a second. As you can imagine, I love the name of your club, being that it is presumably named after one of my all-time favorite songs. Cool. ** Link raygun, It's not going to be anything like 'Lolita,' don't worry. It's like me having worried that I'd just replicate Sade. It doesn't happen. Your film sounds quite amazing. The story, whoa, gets a deep bow from me. Let us/me know how it goes, okay? ** Doug wasted, Excellent to see you. Your novel sounds incredibly promising. I'd forgotten you write as well as make films. Thanks, man. ** Matt, I'd love to do a signing in Houston. I've never done a reading or anything in the Southor Southwest. My publishers always assume no one down there reads me or something. On Matt Day, great. Let's see ... well, pix, obviously. Things you really like: life stuff, music, books, people, whatever. I could do a short interview with you to include in your Day. That might be interesting. By phone or email, I guess. What do you think? That might be just the thing, if you agree. ** Bacteriaburger, Welcome. Thanks for passing on your project. I really like your ideas, and you know I'm into porn, so I'm definitely intrigued. Where could I read some? Is any of your work online? Thanks again. ** Jack, Oh, my God. ** Misanthrope, You really need to finish that novel, right? You know that, right? Don't worry about whether it's great or shit. That's for the world to know and for you to find out, as they say. ** D., No new novel in sight for me. I'm in a two year fiction bad patch. Ever since I finished the cycle, every time I write a novel, I lose my voice afterwards. It's just gone. Then I have to find it again. And sometimes it's hard. It's never been harder than recently. I could be done with novels, or one could start tomorrow. I'd like to write two more and stop. That's my ideal. But right now two more seems impossible. Otherwise, my projects are the theater piece 'Kindertotenlieder' and the radio play 'Jerk,' both in progress. New book of poems, but that's done. Little House on the Bowery. Maybe a book of short fiction. I think that's all. Thanks, man. ** Dickson edwards, You know I'm really getting to like Fosca a lot. I always did, but it keeps growing in my head and revealing new imprsssive aspects. Chuck Pallahniuk: Yeah, I like his work. I haven't read the last two. His prose is often really good, chewy, aware of what sentences can do. I like the first few the best for some reason. I'd like to see him really throw himself a loop in the next one. That would be good, I think. But yeah, I do, and I think his big success, in the States at least, is a real positive thing. The Shangri-Las are absolutely sublime. Shadow Morton was kind of a weird, unsung genius. I named one of my books -- 'He Cried' -- after their song. Big fan. ** Mark, You know I'm really into Marie Redonnet too. I wonder what her recent work is like. They haven't been translating her newer books into English, have they? ** Dandysweets, Very cool about your film projects. Weird, I just saw a preview for 'C.R.A.Z.Y' in a movie theater here a few days ago, and I thought, What's that? It looks way up my alley and sexy. ** Laney, Hey. I hear you about the problem of finding porn where young cute slender guys get fisted. It's not easy to find at all, though there are scenes here and there of varying quality and power. But anyway, you and ignacio have together inspired me to do either a fistfucking day or an assplay day here, so I'll try to hunt some stuff/info down that could be helpful. ** Young and stupid, School sucks that much? Because the schooling itself sucks or because you hate the time it's taking or ...? I hope you can find a way to make it work for you. ** Postitbreakup, Sure, you can send me those questions. And I'll even try incredibly hard to answer the questions/email right away. I'm trying out a new system to get myself to answer emails like I used to. We'll see. ** Christopher michael stamm, Singing in a band? I'll check it out. You got my email about writing the letters for the schools? ** Lux, Hey. Mm, about Slayer members' possible homophobia? I guess I'd expect that. They hate all kinds of shit, being nihilists and anti-sensual and so on. I guess I don't think about it when I listen to them. I listen to them for a hit of their particular genius, and to feel their particular hatred of the world, and if I'm part of what they hate, no surprise. It just doesn't bother me, but I haven't read these comments you're talking about. And about the humor at gays' expense in teen movies ... if I let that bother me, I'd be angry all the time, and that's no fun. It depends on the joke and context to me. If it's ugly, it's ugly. If it seems more about the characters' fear of unconventional sex, then I just see it as character flaw, and I don't care. Obviously, I wish everybody thought gays were just cool, no big deal, but teens are always going to go through huge anxiety and fear about sex at some stage, and gays of course will get some of that, being easy to joke about, and movies are going to reflect that. It depends on the context and the joke for me. I don't know that I can explain the impact of 'Thin Red Line.' I completely love Malick's work. In that case, I couldn't figure out how to write 'My Loose Thread,' and I was going crazy trying to figure out a way, and I saw 'TRL' and I knew, That's it. That film just told me how to write it. Not that 'MLT' copied 'TRL' at all. It just taught me. Not a great answer, sorry. On ATP, as I said above, my life is on hold right now with my mom's dying. It would be great to see you and it, though. We'll see. Thanks a lot, lux. ** Antler, Hey. Thanks for joining in. You sent me a version of your novel? Wow, I'm a blank, but then I get a ton of stuff. Anyway, whatever, it's great your novel's being published. I'd love to know more about how I could pick up a copy. It's funny you chose the screenmame antler. At first I thought you might be that poet Antler that Allen Ginsberg was so crazy about. So hey, and come back, and, again, congrats on your book being published. Don't be so down on it, though. If a couple of your heroes have given you blurbs, how bad can it be, right? ** Jax, First I'm so sorry about what happened with nick, and I'm so glad he's okay. Pass along my very best wishes to him please. My trip was nice. I went to a 2000 year old French city named Besancon. Very beautiful. I did a talk at the art school and a reading at the local university. Everybody was really friendly and great. Mm, you're pretty damned close on Yury's job. I'll be able to talk about it more after the weekend. Like I said, it's not some big mysterious whoop. He just doesn't want me to talk about it much until he's sure it's a secure situation. ** Okay, great. I'll be putting up the permanent new projects page over the weekend, so anyone hasn't piped in yet and wants to, please do. Thanks again, everybody. I should be back in my regular, more responsive state tomorrow. See you then.