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My sci fi movie: Mutant socks.

Woman on a plane: my sci-fi movie. 8.19.17

Eva Marie Saint as Echo in "All Fall Down" (1962) one of my favorite movies about mother hysteria with Angela Lansbury as Warren Beatty's mother and Eva as the competing love interest.

Jennie C. Jones does it again. Eva Hesse died but she parceled out some of her soul to Jones who added humor and her own understanding of a different holocaust to the making of funny deadly serious stuff. Underground Museum. Los Angeles. 8.15.17

Brenna Youngblood. Very striking painter whose work I've just become acquainted with; her imagery looks at, it seems to me, the body disintegrating and the body's anger over its own and thus the world's disintegration. Underground Museum. Los Angeles. 8.15.17

Filmmaker Kahlil Joseph and his brother, curator Noah Davis, rephotographed by myself at the Underground Museum. Los Angeles. 8.15.17

Because it is San Francisco and because it has my heart I went over to my favorite sandwich place today and was greeted with this sign and how could I do anything after I read this but rub my belly and laugh? San Francisco. 8.18.17

Michael Young from City Lights Books. San Francisco. 8.18.17. Great staff at a great store. Stacey Lewis, Michael's equally interesting colleague who gave me a shout out for shouting out Jessica Lange in my Sam Shepard obit, along with another colleague, schooled me on science fiction, literary possibilities, the city, all in the course of the afternoon. As I left Michael shyly revealed he was poet Al Young's son. When I was growing up my sister Bonnie and I loved Young, a great black artist. That was in our revolutionary days. Those days are back.

Girl in repose in front of Edward Hopper's "Intermission" (1963). SFMoma. San Francisco. 8.18.17

Man in a hat looking at a Franz Kline. SF MoMa. 8.18.17

"Blade Runner." (1986) I had never seen it before last night; hotel living has its advantages, like TV and room service. But back to BR. The exquisite costuming and styling by Michael Kaplan and Charles Knode is like a character in itself, a sometimes quiet gorgon that threatens to overtake all bodies. I felt a slight shiver of disappointment when Sean Young lets her hair down because who says you can't have truth in artifice but I understand the natural as a plot point. Still, I missed her coiffure as she learns the language of love, and her beast of a wrap as she mimics the words: I want you.

Dear Alice in Berkeley. 8.17.17
Please come to my conversation with Alice Waters at BAM on October 23rd. It's in support of her fascinating memoir about food history politics love.

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