p.s. The mighty david ehrenstein has pulled through big time today, as I'm sure you'll agree. Do give him your response. I sure learned some stuff from this. At the risk of possible own horn horn tooting, I'd like anyone to name another blog that pays tribute to Slayer and Lorenz Hart in the same week. Bizarre. I don't really have anything of note to report on my end, so I'll just move to your, end, so to speak. ** Jw veldhoen, Interesting. Well, hm, I read what you wrote a few times, and looked at your blog, and my potentially faulty conclusion is that your post is dense with irony. If I'm wrong, and you're being serious, you seem fully intelligent enough to imagine the unsatisfying response I'd give you. So I guess I'll leave it at that. I will say you have an interesting blog, though that might not be much of a compliment coming the likes of me. ** Joe mills, If you do, tell Suspect Thoughts I sent you. Hm, I guess I should quit smoking, huh? I won't cut down, though. Nobody I know who's ever tried that has been successful. It's all or nothing for me. On Alyson, well, at least two people who post here have published books with Alyson, but I don't know if they'll feel comfortable in-putting on that subject. I only know Alyson as a reader. They've done some excellent stuff as well as a lot of what I consider junk. David Gest has to be about as low as it gets on the celebrity scale, and of course he's on a reality show. Good God. ** Bacteriaburger, I read two of your porn stories -- the Burger King one and the 69/rimming one -- and liked them a lot. It's not very often at all that I'm reading porn and getting happily distracted by how good the sentences are and how economical the prose is. I also read 'The Bee Is Me,' which I like a whole lot. Beautiful. Consider me a fan, and I look forward to reading more. Oh, if you don't mind me asking, when you write for places like Handjobs, what kind of edit do you get? If you are edited, is it at all a literary kind of edit? How free do they let you be? I mean, is there a formula they expect porn stories to follow -- A+B=C -- or is it looser than that? A lot of questions, sorry. I'm just curious. ** Photi, Hey. Yours a great list too. I didn't know Night Boat or Factory School, so big thanks for those turn ons. I love all those presses you mention too. Have you published with any of them? How's your Paris trip planning going? Etc. ** Perspects, Oh gosh, I can see how my sentence/tone read as teenage-level bait. If so, it was unconscious. I was just spinning off tosh's post without calculation. If I did bait, I'm sorry because, really, no one is going to hear that tape. I don't even know where it is. In some box. On your novel/blog question ... I don't think the blog has affected the novel problem. If anything, I think math is probably right that it'll only help when or if I find another novel to write. Like I've said, I'm seeing this blog as my big project. It's my new novel in the sense that I'm trying to make it my own, something original and valuable, and think of it as an artistic form that I'm working in, and so far it's still a really interesting process to me. And of course this unexpected community has formed here, and that's really something because a novel doesn't do that. Yeah, sure, sometimes it's a chore, but so's writing a novel. An obligation? Once in a while when I'm feeling really burnt out on ideas, it sort of feels that way, but not entirely, and it's more that when I'm not in the mood I think of it as a form of discipline. A vacation: it's inevitable. I won't always have the time or handy internet, but I think the vacation time will find me not the other way. I think it's okay. I might go down to only posting five days a week at some point. We'll see. Thanks, I. ** David ehrenstein, Thank you thank you for today. And, on Shadow Morton, did he do other really top work aside from The Shangri-Las? The only other work by him that I can think of is his production on the second New York Dolls album, but I'm assuming he must have done a lot of work in the 60s, no? ** Tosh, Oh, thank you for the support, sir. ** 5stringaphasia, Yury speaks Russian, English, and French. ** Mark, Interesting question about Redonnet. People here often ask me what contemporary French fiction writers I like, and I always have to say that not many get translated, but among the ones I like a lot are Marie Redonnet. And the response has been a kind of thoughtful pause and then an, 'Oh, yes, she's very good,' which I have interpreted as indicating that she's not a big deal here, not a writer on the tips of literary people's tongues, but that she is respected. The only other thing people have said is that they think her earlier work is better, but then I tend to interpret that kind of response as meaning, 'I haven't read her recent work, but I'd rather not say that I haven't.' So that's all I know so far. But I like her work a lot, like you. ** Tony o'neill, I'll be very interested to hear your take on Amsterdam, my former home, yet a place I haven't been in a decade. Have an amazing time. ** Misanthrope, That's very nice of you to say, my friend. Funny, on your latest job guess. Yury really laughed when I told him what you'd guessed, and he's not a big laughter person, but rather a bit of a hardnosed young Russian cynic. I fear you'll be sorely disappointed by the blandness and obviousness of the answer. I love your guesses, though. ** Matthew, Thank you. That's incredibly nice. I read that piece of yours, 'Flashbacks,' on your webpage and liked it a lot. Very sharp. So thanks for it too. ** T.pkendall, Hey, there. Thanks for the project report. Very curious sounding. I'll try to get over to your blog and read the new writing asap. ** Katsim, Hey! I was wondering where you were. Nashville, huh. I've never been there, but I always imagine a super country music influenced place, meaning .... I don't know, cowboy hats galore and lots of steel guitar sounds floating on the wind? Thanks for the project. I'll put it on the permanent page. You sound good. ** Sypha_69, Sounds like we're in pretty much the same writer stage allright. I like your HP Lovecraft book idea. If you're not in a fiction state, why not? It definitely sounds very worth doing. ** Eddie b, You still at the writer's residency? Comedy's good. I thought there were things in your novels that were really funny, showed your touch for it. ** Brooklynserpico, Pollard's injury surely just means he's gonna go back to Dayton and record five new albums while he's limping around. Not a bad thing. ** Antonio, Am I surprised your course load is heavy on the female? No, I expect no less of you. What interested me in your list of classes, not surprisingly, is a little old class called 'Composition II Eng.' Please tell me this is a fancy name for a writing workshop, and that you've bitten the bullet and decided to flex your mindbogglingly great literary talent. Or don't tell me that if you don't want to. Anyway, you say all your classes suck, which would include that one, which is not a good sign, I guess. Tons of fake jewelry for you, dude. ** Math t, as I said to perspects above, yeah, I think the blog will only help lead me to whatever novel I write next, if I write another novel. I.e., i think you're right. ** Lost child, Thank you, pal. You don't have to be articulate about your projects, and your inarticulation is beauty. ** Blake, That's crazy you saw the films of those pieces. I'd love to watch those again. It's been forever. You know, since you offered, you could actually really help me out if you took any camera phone shots of 'Them' because I'm putting together a blog entry on that piece, and I don't have any pix from the piece itself. If you have any and could send them to me, that would be really great. If it's a hassle, don't worry about it. Thanks, man, and for the good words about the text. Speaking of Kevin Cridon -- it's actually spelled Creedon: I wish you could have seen him or I had a picture. Wow, pretty. ** Maria mcgregor, Thanks! ** Matt, Okay, I'll think up some questions and email them to you soon. I'm pretty easy to talk to, you wouldn't really have to sweat it. But, cool, Matt Day is now officially in the works. Projects can be anything, so your band is definitely a project, yeah. Good, more Matt-related stuff for your Day. Take care. ** Winter rates, Yeah, I know some of the work of Sun City Girls and definitely like it. Your curated Day would be most, most welcome. Anytime, whatever you want to do. Great. ** Nicehex, Excellent news about the meeting. Sure, send a still or two. You know, if you're game, I'd be totally into devoting a blog day/post to your film: stills, script piece, notes, whatever you wanted to share. Anyway, I just throw that out there, if the idea appeals. My address: email@example.com ** Jheorgge, So now you've got me and probably others wondering what happened today post-big meeting. Can the opinions of the bright and few have had a real impact? Fingers crossed. ** David c, 'Frisk' might sorely test your love. We'll see. Gulp. Yury would love to model for D&G, but no. Apparently there's an unofficial but generally agreed upon height requirement for male models and Yury's height doesn't make the cut. That's what Yury says. ** Hedi, I would so welcome and value anything you have to say about Guyotat's 'Coma,' which isn't available in English, I don't think, and/or Lynch's 'Inland Empire.' ** Atheist, Please nick away at my blog. Pretty please. Trust me, it's a big compliment and honor from one so ultra-talented and wonderful as you. Anyway, anything you nick becomes yours. Your voice is only yours, a transformative force. ** Jax, Fuck, I really apologize for the boyfriend name mix-up. And please tell Tom I'm sorry as well that I hope he feels better. The name Circlet Press sounds very familiar. I'll have a hunt. You're so generous and helpful to the blog people with your suggestions and tips. It's really good of you. Best of luck on the weekend of treatment writing. I'll burn a imaginary candle -- that sounds really lame, wow -- and avoid walking on cracks and so on for you. ** Simon, Okay, will do. I was really sorry to read about Grizzly Bear's robbery and the other troubles. I hope you and they are okay. ** Dandysweets, Russia used to be included in the green card lottery, but no more, grr. But you should try it. Hopefully, if you win one, by the time you get over there, its evil empire phase will be on the way out. Have a good one. ** Geez, I'm posting this so late. It's been one of those days of endless phone calls and other interruptions. Late or not, I hope you enjoy david e's glorious fruit. See you.