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|Newsletter No. 23|
"Some people go to Paris to see the Mona Lisa,
to Athens to see the Acropolis, to Tokyo to see the Imperial Palace, to
London to see the Tower. I travel to participate in the daily lives of
others - known and unknown to me - to share time and space with other
human beings. I enjoy the random meetings and the not so random ones.
I am an existentialist (at least), but an optimistic one. I suspect that
we only have one time around, so let's make it meaningful and let's make
it fun -which is two ways of saying the same thing.
The above "epilogue" ends the story of my
recent world trip, but the 'story' never ends, not until we draw our last
breath, and even then it continues. We all make waves. On the plane from
Rome to Bombay, I shared a seat with an Air India stewardess, Raziya Ahmed.
Two of her friends - Anuradha and Shylini - have since visited me. In
L.A., Frank Cavestani suggested I call a friend of his in Paris, Phyllis
Roome. Did so. We met. She has introduced me to dozens of her friends
and I have introduced her to dozens of mine. And on and on it goes. Throw
a pebble in a pond and watch the waves. Each meeting, each encounter causes
Take out your new address books right now and note my
new telephone numbers. Yes, two lines! 535-3767 will change one of these
days to 327-1767; the PTT says the end of '78. A new line - 327-1909 -
is in operation now. It looks like I will even be listed in the 1979 Paris
News/gossip/visitations: Sylvie Bourdon has recently
opened an erotic gallery in Paris (16 rue des Grands Augustins). Her book,
Love is a Feast is published in English by John Calder and it is
superb! John recenly in Paris for a meeting of the Prix de Sept publishers.
Prize won last year by Erich Fried. Talked with Klaus Wagenbach in the
Coupole before the meeting... Suze Randall's book Suze now is in paperback
in Australia as well as USA. Lots of fun!... Maurice Girodias is now living
in Boston and writing Vol 2 of his-autobiography. Maurice is a Hello fan!...
Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky Crumb were in Europe for the publication
of a new collection of his drawings. Lutz Reineke of 2001 the publisher.
Bill Daley (Prinsengracht 1103, Amsterdam) will handle distribution outside
German-speaking areas. Robert, Aline and several friends dined in Paris
chez moi. Robert celebrated the evening by making some drawings all over
my dining room table. I had thoughtfully provided a paper covering.
I wish to publicly thank Robina Chaffey for taking
me to the hospital my last morning in Sydney. Over-ate and over-drank
my last night on the town. Thank you dear Robina!!! ... Sveeva has a fantastic
photographic studio in the rue de Seine which is available for hire from
time to time... Finally after years and years of going to La Coupole,
I organized a visit to the basement. It is like being on a cruise ship
in the thirties... Humbert Camerlo (organising an Eric Satie programme
for the Paris Opera), Elaine McCartney (with "Paris Metro"),
and Claudia Honegger and Ulf Matthiesen were brave enough to venture down
with me. Claudia recently published a book on witchcraft... My Australian
distributor of Hello, Pat Woolley of Wild and Woolley, spent a
few days in Paris on her way from the Atlanta Book Fair to visit Ron Cobb
in London. The Sydney Radio station 2JJ broadcast a two part interview
with me which I recorded in their studio last January... Lisa Brody visiting
Paris before journeying to London to study theatre and to Spain for Spanish-language...
Mike Zwerin playing jazz again and organizing concerts for the Festival
du Marais. He and Martine collaborated on a dialogue for "Paris Metro"
about the whys and wherefores of bringing a child into the world.
My ninth year with the university completed; hopefully No 10 will begin this autumn. My partner in Dandelion, Will Reed, can handle all your printing requirements up to and including color separation. Call him/us at 842-3710...
Summer plans vague as usual. As always I wish to stay
in Paris to receive you and to travel to visit you. Not only do I wish
to travel northward to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm,
Helsinki, Leningrad, Warsaw and Berlin, but I also wish to travel southward.
And to London and to Edinburgh. And to the Frankfurt Book Fair again this
October. An old friend, Xavier Corbero, invited me to come and visit him
in Barcelona. And I wish to visit Alexandros Lykourezos in Athens... Oh
me oh my!!!
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