Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Letter to Phil Solomon

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Letter to Phil Solomon

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2003

Dear Phil,

NY weather bad as Seattle's. 5 minutes from departing home for airport we cancelled. Flo frightened, Nisi frightened, Ken frightened. Didn't want to add to annals of irony. No response Marilyn phone. Phoned Oxford and learned your ferry ride was cancelled due to weather; hope you can travel tomorrow. We're beat, and sorry. However, easy to envision Stan pissed if we insisted on chancing it. What's weird is noise of sleet beating on skylight glass abated within a minute after calling Jet Blue (lady we spoke to remarkably nice about our cancelling). Also, Clipper sending us a cancellation form so we should be getting back money paid for that package of transport and hotels, which it seems they don't really have to do according to contract. Will quickly mail videotape prepared for Marilyn (and visitors) plus copy and 2 others for you. Stan in NY and in Boulder, The Man himself sure as shooting. So maddeningly seemingly present. Then I spent time sifting through my stereo-color photos for Stan-pics. Too crazy. Shot in the '70's (before it became too difficult to get these things mounted; you do your own mounting?), it's the Stan that intimidated you in Bingbingbing, long black hair worn matinee-idol style with attached pirate moustache. Kodachrome-preserved in full defiance of Nature. You'll have same confusion looking through your stereo images of him. Ah, sleet is back. I wake up talking to him a bit, the same funny stuff I put on reserve for him every day. Used to focus somewhat on those phone-talks, meaning he was a companion and we corresponded for more time than we actively spoke. I'm not lonely in the way I used to be -devastatingly- lonely, but no question a connection has been lost that changes my arrangement with Being itself. I feel it as significant transit-marker for my own sojourn. …

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