August 31, 2004

the bottom line...

the reality for most authors...they don't make a living at it...their body of work is undiscovered...if that's going to be the case for me...why should i pour work so a publishing company can reap the majority of the profits...only to leave my work to sitting among piles of remaindered books...i may as well self publish...own my work...and get all of the profits...this way my work ends up in the hands of the readers who care enough to want to own it...without hundreds...thousands...of books being printed and wasted...

yes, i understandthe marketing power publishers bring to the, i'm not underestimating the appeal or quality of my work...unless you're a celebrity...brand name...i don't see the advantage of a publisher of any size...outside of an editor...i guess what i really need is an old style patron...someone as passionate about my work as i am...with deeper pockets...and integrity...

regardless...look for something here as a test opportunity for you...the small audience that i've attempted to show your apriciation for my work...

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  • August 26, 2004

    six hours of work today...

    edited chapters 2, 3, and 4...sapoke to someone about reading for know, the mythical objective reader...they don't know you...have no ppersonal interest in keeping you hapy...someone who can read a story beyond just for pleasure...we'lll see...I just heard the words...i just finishe shooting this movie called sin city...that's twice today...gotta go geek out...

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  • August 16, 2004

    And a great soul burst into the world...

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    how to be a great writer

    you’ve got to fuck a great many women
    beautiful women
    and write a few decent love poems.

    and don’t worry about age
    and/or freshly arrived talents.

    just drink more beer
    more and more beer

    and attend the racetrack at least once a

    and win
    if possible.

    learning to win is hard-
    any slob can be a good loser.

    and don’t forget your Brahms
    and your Bach and your

    don’t overexercise.
    sleep until noon.

    avoid credit cards
    or paying for anything on

    remember that there isn’t a piece of ass
    in this world worth over $50
    (in 1977).

    and if you have the ability to love
    love yourself first
    but always be aware of the possibility of
    total defeat
    whether the reason for that defeat
    seems right or wrong-

    an early taste of death is not necessarily
    a bad thing.

    stay out of churches and bars and museums,
    and like the spider be
    time is everybody’s cross,

    all that dross.

    stay with the beer.

    beer is continous blood.

    a continuous lover.

    get a large typewriter
    and as the footsteps go up and down
    outside your window

    hit that thing
    hit it hard

    make it a heavyweight fight

    make it the bull when he first charges in

    and remember the old dogs
    who fought so well:
    Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun.

    if you think they didn’t go crazy
    in tiny rooms
    just like you’re doing now

    without women
    without food
    without hope

    then you’re not ready.

    drink more beer.
    there’s time.
    and if there’s not
    that’s all right

    Thanks Hank

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  • August 14, 2004

    get ready for 2008...

    okay america...i don't think you're ready for this...but...let's remake The Wiz...that 1978 Diana Ross/Michael Jackson nightmare...the less said about it the though...there is no better conglomeration of black talent that could make it happen...and erase the ugly memory of Ms Ross playing a teenage girl...your cast:

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    Dorothy is played by Alicia Keys (further review has brought us to our senses.)

    Andre3000 is The Scarecrow ('nuff said)

    Bernie Mac plays the The Cowardly Lion

    Don Cheadle plays The Tin Man (I don't know if he can sing, but this is the one role, outside of The Wiz that requires serious acting chops)

    (hold onto your crowns, here comes the stunt casting:)

    Halle Berry as the Wicked Witch of the West

    Queen Latifah as Good Witch Glenda

    and finally The Wiz:

    Mr George Clinton

    I propose this now so it can be released in time with the 30th anniversary of the stinky original...okay America let's make it happen!

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  • a short meditation...

    iv'e already said my piece on how important observaton is for writers...the small details i capture during a day...the wayy a womans skirt folds into the crease of her ass...the bit of ground coffee on the floor...the way the little girl resembels her mother...the body language of two men leaning into a latop computer...the burn marks on the tweakers finger...the way the purse strap rests in the woman's cleavage...the way the smoker holds her cigarette and watches the smoke curl away from her...the jittery leg of the woman staring intently at her compputer...

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  • August 13, 2004

    first person, third person...

    recent road trip allowed me to finish three books long on my to be read list...shopgirl...hey nostradamus...forever...goood books all...of the three...coupland's is be honest, i went into this book only knowing that it dealt with a columbine like goes so much further than a writer, i enjoyed the mutiple first person could have been stunt writing, but it wasn' felt comparison...martin's shoipgirl is written in the third person...i don't know if it was because oof the language he used, or if it was just a by roduct of his outlook...but it just felt like he held his disdain...maybe it's because he uses twenty dollar words...words no one uses on a daily basis...not at the bus stop...not in the coffeeshop...and certainly not in the bar...his new book is supposed to be first person...maybe...we'll see...

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