Up at 8:30. Lost a pound in last 6 days. Read yesterday's and today's Trollope. Left at 10:30. Coffee/bfast at Community, listened to a ridiculous Ted talk while writing yesterday's journal, cleaned up desktop. At oracle noon-3:30, wrote about 500 words that might help me cut a longer section. MoMa, His First Mate (1933 Wyler): Odd Slim Summerville/ZaSu Pitts comedy about a maritime wannabe. Summerville is allowed to be strangely unsympathetic (breaks all his mother-in-law's dishes), Pitts effectively pathetic, Una Merkel underused. I don't know what Wyler's auteurist signatures are supposed to be (I remember Farber rates him highly, e.g. Other Men's Women). Got a bite and finished, in some sense, the last 10 p. of Deleuze, who filters much of his summation through Zarathustra. I guess the book didn't make me a convinced enemy of the "philosophy of representation"--and I suppose I think he underrates the interest and complexity of mundane "problems." Texted Jordan about the Nate Mackey reading - he didn't know about it, was glad I told him. Still had time to kill, went downtown w/ the hope of browsing in Housing Works, but there was a line outside for a 6:30 event, so I went to McNally-Jackson instead. [Oh - when the doors opened at B'way-Lafayette, Matt Hauser ('my' drummer) was standing right in front of me. Strange.) Planned to have coffee but I could immediately tell that the people next to the one free seat would annoy me. Browsed a bit (will read Logicomix someday). Walked toward Poetry Project, did have coffee in the Bean on 2nd, fooled around with my own 'repetition' precis for the introduction for 40 min. or so: 3 whopping sentences, one partly imported from another document. Reading was in the main church, sound was pretty boomy. Simone White's intro included a weird comment about disagreeing with Mackey about the importance of music (one of his major themes for, what, 30+ years); he proceeded to read prose from the next volume of Broken Bottles... on Etta James' "At Last," Bobby 'Blue' Bland's "Two Steps From the Blues," and various versions of "Walk on By" and "Save a Little Prayer," in addition to other poems, new and from the last book (though not a good one I heard him read in L.A. last summer). Chatted w/ Jordan, Joanna Fuhrman, Marc Nasdor. Read about 1/2 of Percival Everett, Trout's Lie and listened to a bit more than 1/2 of a 2 disc Blind Boys of Mississippi set on various train rides over the course of the day, and a podcast on Elia Kazan on the way home. (The 7 decided to stop for 10 minutes 3 stops from home.) Bed about 12:30.