Up 8, dithered, left around 11. Assigned letter grades to exams, and course grades, at e77. Continued on to Oracle, but it was a bust, writing-wise: got involved in giving some email advice about music publishing and responding to stray facebook pms. Necessary clean-up, I guess. Booked next rehearsal. Did start - just barely, revising the gospel section (though there's a last graf to the previous section I'm dreading). Left at 3 for MoMa. Straub-Huillet: Der Bräutigam, die Komödiantin und der Zuhälter (The Bridegroom, the
Actress, and the Pimp). 1968. Impenetrable short based on a Bruckner play, w/ actors from Fassbiner's theater. Really no idea. Geschichtsunterricht (History Lessons). 1972. Essentially some staged speeches by "Romans" in modern settings, based on Brecht's unfinished novel about the life of Caesar. Plenty of timely material about the corruption of the Roman Senate (which only faced "Democratic" reform when they interfered with rich merchants); bourgeois revolution. Intercut with the viewpoint character driving around modern Rome (the ruins of empire, per the screening notes), presumably from interview to interview. Static and talky, but that's the price of entry. Met Jordan Davis downtown at Metrograph for The Inner Scar, an obscure 1972 hr-long semi-feature by Phillip Gardel. Barely-narrative bad-trip expressionism: horses, goats, circles of fire, in a mise en scene out of Zabriskie Point(less) via Road Runner shorts. Nico can't act her way out of a sack dress, but her harmonium songs on the soundtrack are nice. Perfectly watchable, if you don't take the archetypes seriously. Good honest Chinatown dinner. Slow on the Brown/funk book, but read a few more pages, and 15-68 of Hejinian, The Night With a Thousand Eyes. Sleep, dreams, fables, imagination/logic, plus whatever she feels like throwing in, lyric or critical (some comments on Andrews and Watten). Kitchen-sinky (300+ p.), but the confident mixture of tones and layouts is a relief, and the overall prosiness is a handhold. I like passages I won't copy down on p. 27, 49, 50. Listened to Little Jesus, Norte and Sur (bonus disc). Picked this up on a hunch: Mexico City band, singing in Spanish (except for 2 Japanese translations on the bonus), who appear to have heard Vampire Weekend. It's strongly-structured, well-played, and -recorded (a bit digital at points); that sounds like faint praise, but it isn't. I think I like the looser title song of Sur best. Home about 10:45, went to bed at midnight.