Scrapbook Two, p. 30 (Sex by Anthony Chang)
p.s. Greetings. I'm in a bit of the funk I referenced earlier, so I'll just move on to the hopefully more pleasant minded you. ** Paul curran, What a very curious story about the 'novel' woman. What do you think? In situations like that, I have a maybe kneejerk tendency to go to the defense of the writer, having had my imaginatioon mistaken for my life so many times. But I don't know. ** Maximum etc., Yeah's Gaitskill's a dazzler. I actually think, so far at least, the short story is really her metier, and the novel gives her some problems, but I haven't read 'Veronica,' and even in long form, wow, can she sling the great sentences. ** Adnadawesar, Welcome, and thank you so much for that. It's much appreciated. I read and really admired 'Babyji,' so it's an honor too. Take care. ** Ronnie, I have no idea about how the editing of Mary's piece went, so I can't say, but having written articles for a long time, and dealt on occasion with tone deaf, unsubtle editors, the garbled sentences and presumptuousness might not have been Mary's intention. Her name is on them, so they belong to her, but I've had some situations where articles I wrote appeared with sentences and inferences that weren't mine at all, and I necessarily took it as a live and learn situation. So ... who knows, but it's possible. ** Tigersare, I didn't know about the Kim Gordon rtext. How great that must be. I'll hunt it down. Thanks for mentioning it. ** Jax, I wouldn't let Mary Gaitskill's possible use of a standard journalistic trope put you off reading her fiction. And I too really adored your streaming piece. Sharp, sharp, sharp, and beautifully realized. A great pleasure. I don't know why they kidnapped the soldier either. I don't know why Israel responded by going fascist. I don't understand why the United States has no objectivity about the situation. Or why Iran has no objectivity about it. I don't understand any of it. And my Israeli friends don't either. It's saddest, scariest shit possible. ** Vomitingghosts, Yeah, Amy Gerstler is one of the greats in my opinion. She's also one of my best friends in the world, and the just the bees knees of people. I'm a sucker for The Believer too, so I'll dash over to the only store in Paris that sells it -- the great Village Voice Bookshop, a little heaven on earth to English speaking Parisians -- and snap up that new one. Gracias. ** Tony, Thanks for the on scene report. I haven't heard the Moz single yet. Cool news. Joe LeSeur's O'Hara book is a terrific name-dropping, whispery thing, so I second you on that. I knew Joe pretty well, and he was a real sweetheart of a occasional pain in the ass. ** Tender prey, Your question to me about Dick was a really nice surprise, and I'm thrilled to think you see a connection. No question there must be. ** You, I for one got the joke. You know, I think Lynch did do an animated angriest dog or maybe a series of them. I'm almost sure I remember seeing one or more in some context. Maybe they're on his incredible website. ** Bernard welt, Thanks a lot for the Tobias Schneebaum mention and text. I had forgotten he died. His books are very recommended to those out there who don't know him/them, and not just for the cannibalism stuff, though that is fascinating. I wish I knew someone who'd eaten human. It would help in my cannibal research immensely. No indulgers out there? My nearly lifelong vegetarianism has fucked me as far as actually tasting human, not that I would, mind you. But the pain and sickness produced by meat sitting in my wussy, devolved stomach is too great a preventitive. ** Ronnie, I think that 'kill me' incident was briefly discussed here long ago when the population here was village-like. Of course, it's a fascinating enough thing that there's not nearly enough info available on it for me, but then apart from being able to talk privately with the boy himself, it's doomed to forever be a piecemeal, alluring incident, I guess. ** Ignacio, You've got me totally hot for Craddock's work now. I love psychedlic lit. pretty much across the board, so a newbie is exciting. I will hunt. ** Adjoun, What is it with Belgium and youth murdering. It seems like every time I turn around there's some story on some dead, usually molested Belgian youngster. I can't really figure Belgium out as a country. But then living in Holland instilled what seemed to be a widely held eye rolling attitude toward Belgium among the Dutch. And it's one of those multi-language countries that are always hard to suss, for me anyway. Like Switzerland. What is Switzerland? It just seems like most vague country. ** Chilly jay chill, On the Burroughs/ghostwriting thing ... err ... You know, I've actually spoken and written about this topic, too often and much probably, and it got me in deep shit with some people, and I decided a while back that I wasn't going to talk about it anymore, and I'd let others or the future get to the bottom of it. So if you'd asked that question around me five years ago, you would have heard an earful, but now I can only say, Yes, I know about that claim. ** Joe mills, Great luck on your bbc thing. Do share if it turns out well to your mind. I don't find any players on any of the teams crush worthy. But then I'm not so much into masculnity with a capital M. ** Stickitminister, Thank you, man. Really kind of you. ** Lost child, You could definitely scan and send them. Please do. ** Don w, 'Collective Effervescence,' wow, is that a pretty term. ** Rigby101, Dude, despite inroads in recent years, soccer/football is not (yet) a household name sport in the US. So unless you're a serious jock, Zidane isn't a name of note there, the same way the gods of baseball aren't even blips over here. But I'm learning. ** Antonio, Drumset in the SM dungeon ... that's going in my next novel, unless you want dibs on it. ** Danny, What a great, lucid, insightful post. Much appreciated, and thanks both for the kind words and for moving the blog up a number of notches. ** Nikolas, Well, all that stuff is in my archives in NYC. One of these days I'm going to pass through that great city again, and I'll remember to get some photocopies, scan them, and put them up here. I keep trying to do entries on my methodology, and am constantly foiled by my lack of access to all of my preliminary shit. Thanks for wanting. Album done? You are the wunderkind. ** David c., I interviewed Keanu ages ago, right before he was going to do 'My Own Private Idaho,' and he didn't used to be vacant. He was spazzy and wild eyed and just a charming ball of crazed energy. I've always wondered why and how he sobered up like he has and is into being so suave. He sure wasn't back then. I liked him a whole lot when he and I talked. The soul of sincerity and curiosity. A great seeming guy. ** Happy Friday, y'all (that's for antonio).