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The Me That Should Have Been

Just something quick, because I want to try to get Sirenia Digest #45 out to subscribers by late afternoon.

Yesterday was entirely consumed by proofreading and making corrections to "Werewolf Smile" and "A Paleozoic Dreamquest" (the latter may get a new title). I hate days that involve hours of tedious copyediting.

Also, it has occurred to me that I should write a fictional autobiography. Sure, who the hell's ever going to make a film about my life? No one. But I'm sure that's what Diane Arbus must have thought, as well. And scores of others I can name. So, If I write my own fictional account, which shall be ever so much more interesting that the "facts," perhaps whichever future aspiring filmmaker finds himself obsessed with me will gravitate towards that, instead of all the dumb crap that really happened. All biographies, like all histories, are necessary fictions, anyway. I might as well make an engaging fiction. I'm actually quite serious about this. It comes back to issues of self determination. Perhaps I will use my various alter-egos: Nareth, Scheherazade, Algeria Touchshriek, etc., and anchor it to no one era, no one reality. And yes, I am in debted to Steven Shainberg and his wonderful film, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), for this idea.

If you've not already, please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thanks. eBay will not be in the autobiography.

You know a day's going to be weird when you catch yourself making Pee-Wee Herman faces.


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Aug. 31st, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
'Also, it has occurred to me that I should write a fictional autobiography.'

Hey, it worked for Chuck Barris.
Aug. 31st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)

Aug. 31st, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love this idea and look forward to reading it, in pieces or in its entirety.
Aug. 31st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)

I absolutely love this idea and look forward to reading it, in pieces or in its entirety.

Maybe I'll get around to it by my 50th birthday.
Aug. 31st, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh hell, I may have passed on by then !!!
Aug. 31st, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
ooh, mythical parallell biographies, from multiple personalities..

"The Squid Years"..
Sep. 1st, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Hey, the guy did ask for recommendations. heheh

"Feed The Tree - Particularly, follow the Evidence and the Feed the Tree links.

"Caitlín R. Kiernan is the foremost female author in dark fantasy ever since Poppy Z. Brite dropped out of the the field. In Kiernan's fiction you will not find the paranormal romance of a Nora Roberts nor the hackneyed pulp of Laurell Hamilton. You will find a healthy dose of the cerebral fear of a Shirley Jackson mixed with the deep time mysteries of Lovecraft. You will also find an imagination equal to Neil Gaiman and the unflinching voyeurism of a Clive Barker. Then, if you don't mind a bit of existential angst by way of Charlie Kaufman and the occasional use of a dictionary, then I I can highly recommend Kiernan's latest book, 'The Red Tree'."
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Sep. 1st, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Although I think she's a little too short, I'd vote Lili Taylor - yes, despite her participation in the remake of The Haunting. I say this 'cause I can buy her toiling away twelve hours in a quarry.

Actually, if this was made more like I'm Not There, Lili Taylor should be in the "CRK as paleontologist" portion of the film. "CRK as rock star" should be just interviews with other people talking about her, although with some grainy video footage of live shows.
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