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1. Back to the usual, detailing the contents of my mind, if not my character, ha ha ha ha...uh...maybe I’ll spend the last few days of this month at a friend’s house in South City. She’s just back from visiting a ninety-year-old aunt, a former nun, in Iowa. Tho’, I spoze, once a nun, always one. But since I’ve been beer-free for going on two weeks as of this, feeling less the need to get outta The City. The hostess is kind enough to receive me, but it’s true that I benefit more from the visit than she does, I guess. Tho’ I think I provide some good energy when I’m out there.
2. And much enjoyed finishing up an early Seventies Steve McQueen biography by British journalist Malachy McCoy. I’ve seen more than a couple of these Brit non-fiction guys taking on aspects of Hollywood, and well. An outsider perspective.
3. Well, in this McQueen bio...learned that Terry Southern, along with Ring Lardner, Jr., wrote the screenplay for The Cincinnati Kid. Including what McCoy calls “gambling dialogue”. Not seen this early McQueen flick. Edward G. Robinson said to steal the whole thing.
4. Which reminds me of Soylent Green, in which Mr. Robinson also co-stars. Remake time...Soylent Blue?
5. And speaking of biographies, have currently got out from the S.F. Public system the Nigel Goodall one of Winona Ryder. Needs an update to include the last ten years – eventful ones for the fine lady. Lotta stuff online about the woman...go to http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/vh1_all_access/67432/episode_about.jhtml for something.
6. And...friend K. really into a movie mania phase just now, renting plenty through the library. Tho’ he tells me he’s engrossed in the Ken Burns World War II TV series and is taping ‘em all. Called me last night to mention the infamous bombing of a fourteen-hundred-year-old monastery by the Germans. I think this refers to Monte Cassino – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Monte_Cassino for an excrutiatingly-detailed analysis of this.
7. And speaking of K., thought of him when I saw five porn movies on
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cassette selling on the street the other day, a dollar each. Not sure if he’d appreciate them. I’d give ‘em a gander, tho’ I currently don’t have a VCR or a DVD or even Comcast cable. Getting way into straight-up reading, and music, and quite happy with that, without the moving pictures.
8. And, back to the McQueen biography. The author went on for over a page about specific numbers related to the man’s own Solar movie production company. At one point the dude took control of his career, business-wise – which is the smart thing to do, tho’ perhaps really tedious in terms of crunching numbers. Had a bit of a thing against the studios, did Steve.
9. And...switching around, as I usually do. It was unusual that I got completely through John Geiger’s biography of Brion Gysin in two days. So few books capture my attention in that way. In the past four years, since I’ve been living in the Tenderloin, I can only think of two others I’ve given this treatment to: the Amy Wallace book about her time in the Carlos Castaneda circle – see http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/timeline.html for an interesting timeline of the life and work of “Carlos”, including a lot of links worth investigating...
10. ...and the second book I read all the way through quickly in recent years, Waiting for the Sun, by British journalist Barney Hoskyns, about L.A. rock music. I recall being up at 1am, 2am, drinking some power drink like Red Bull, immersed in the story. (Currently have out from the library his recent book about the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early Seventies.)
11. And...my Odd Fellow brother Pat. Called him the other day – was at S.F. General, has since moved to Pacific Medical Center. Very ill. Says it’s not a good time to visit. Haven’t known the fella all that long, but I’m extending my thoughts and consideration to him. And...in terms of my personal health, am four days as of just now into a hundred day focused health plan. As part of it, am very much minding my diet to heighten my well-being in both body and mind. For example, on my mind, the “Essential Greens” all green vegetable drink from Trader Joe’s – gonna be getting to many pints of that within those hundred days. Plus, there’s blueberries in a solid extract that I’ve read about – gonna look for that. It’s considered one of fourteen “superfoods” in a book by Pratt and Matthews...