At last night's launch event, a carefully constructed evening of literature as theatre, I read excerpts from one of the volume's short stories (not by me), immediately preceding a stem-winding [or something more up-to-date than winding stems] performance by onetime Living Theatre actor Mel Clay, who traveled from San Francisco to dramatize his interview from Hell with Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Most remarkably, Céline's irascible replies to the interviewer, which appear in English in the magazine, appeared as a running supertitle in French above the deceased novelist's flickering long-distance digitized image from the infernal regions. It was, as they say, a tour de force, or perhaps a tour of some other description.
Perhaps my reluctant return to the stage will provoke me to finish editing the third CD of my own work. But I doubt it.
Usual joculum topics return now that Dr. Cullum has had his say about his un-joculum-like creative interests.
And in fact, I discover quickly that Mel Clay was in Tangier hanging out with Paul Bowles and company when that famous photo was taken that features in the joculum post about the never-to-be-held Tangier World's Fair, so all things really do return to earlier starting points faster than we would expect.