fri 08 oct 1999 12:00:00 allston ma
anything else joey
sent vhs copy of rejection street to sundance yesterday, hope it got there okay. didn’t get sound mix done so we sent it with the old mix I had from the avid cut. titles were on the end though. [...]
finished reading william shirer’s book “berlin diary” from 1941, which I’ve had for at least ten years and never read until now. found it fascinating. the start of the nazi war was no longer history. it was contemporary sounding. shirer’s views on it are slanted against “germanism” but there is much there that’s chillingly real, and reminiscent of the world politics you hear about today. the lies especially. and people’s gullibility. and the fact that they see things only from their side, the other guy be damned.
a catering truck or an ice cream truck outside my apartment is playing a badly arranged version of scott joplin’s famous tune “the entertainer.”
“i the emergency blonde,” she vows, “i too have dreams. i will go on safari to see non-computer generated animals. i will shave my head. i will date a taxidermist. i will learn to speak a finno-ugric language. i will apply for a job at mcdonald’s just for the hell of it. someday someday, i will do all sorts of contemptuously wild and impertinent things.”
i heard that d recently drove past the house of a shrink she’d visited and saw an ice cream truck parked outside. somehow I like the idea of an ice cream man as a character. he sells hot dogs too. if an ice cream man goes to see his shrink, I wonder what they talk about.
jim gr told me the story of how he was held up at gunpoint while an ice-cream man, I think it was in long island somewhere. he knew the guy from the neighborhood, and when he’d given him the money, still with a gun to his head, he happened to accidentally say something like, “anything else, joey?” after a tense moment, the guy pulled the gun away and said, “ha, you thought I was serious, didn’t you! I had you goin, didn’t I!”