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Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 08:47 am
Meetings Monday

Name: Momus
Age: 47
Yesterday was "Meetings Monday", a day in which I met with as many of my New York friends as possible, one after the other. It was a bit like being a therapist or doing a piece of "relational aesthetics" performance art. The day began at 12 noon and ended at 10pm. I met each friend at Sunrise Mart, the Japanese grocery and deli on Soho's Broome Street, and spent an hour chatting with them, either at the Sunrise Mart tables (dipping chips in wasabi and munching tempura vegetables) or round the corner at Hiroko's Place on Thompson Street. Here's a series of capsule descriptions of the meetings, with snaps of some of the people who are the real core of my New York experience -- my living New York roots.

Name: Jesse Pearson
Age: 32
Jesse is the editor of Vice magazine. We met in 2000 while we were both gravitating around Index, painter Peter Halley's take on Andy Warhol's Interview. I wrote a bit for Vice after Index disappeared. Jesse has moved from the Lower East Side to the Financial District, is getting married on Halloween, is excited by VBS-TV, is making Vice more serious and adult (partly by adopting the Index formula of Q&A interviews, some of which I may do for the magazine at some point in the future). He thought the style of this decade (which he didn't have a name for) was baggy t-shirts, Morrissey badges and fedoras. "Everyone used to be doing speed and coke, now they're doing heroin." When Lord Whimsy arrived at one, Jesse was rather excited to talk to him about the New Jersey pine barrens, an area where they've both lived.

Name: Lord Whimsy
Age: 39
Lord Whimsy -- Allen to his friends -- arrived bearing a suitably eccentric array of gifts, amongst them the bone from an ocelot's penis (I think). He's looking remarkably distinguished these days, a cross between Rip Torn and Orson Welles. It seems that the Johnny Depp movie based on his "Affected Provincial's Almanac" is now at the script stage, and that the screenwriters have been to Philly and New Jersey to study Whimsy and his haunts. Deflecting attention from himself, Whimsy mostly tried to turn the writers on to the miracle of pondlife. He says he'd like to live in a house modelled on plant cells one day. He's following Craig Venter's Dr Frankenstein-like attempts to create new lifeforms with considerable interest. That, he thinks, is the future of texture.

Name: Dyan
Age: 22
One of two people I met yesterday for the first time (the other was Jordan Fish), Dyan was born in Malaysia and raised in Hawaii. She's a Hunter College student, an aspiring nomad and "culture pirate". Dyan wrote asking for advice on how to "move around nations without a pension plan".

"Don't have children, don't take out a mortgage, never get a credit card, and do projects rather than a job!" was my rather silly advice.

Dyan thinks she might move to Berlin in 2009 after a year of working here in the US. It turns out she's already been much more nomadic than I was at her age.

Name: Karin Komoto
Age: 34
I met Karin Komoto at a show in San Francisco in 1998. She's sort of like a cross between a Siamese cat and Peggy Guggenheim -- a really warm and reassuring person to be around. Karin moved from SF (where she had the most amazing luxury loft) to a little bedsit in New York about three years ago and is now working for the World Bank. Sunk into the soft green chairs at Hiroko's Place we talked about having babies -- some of Karin's gay and bi friends are currently organizing artificial inseminations. A mother can get sperm from a man she's never met, and one woman can receive another woman's egg.

Karin will fly to Paris next week to be at our good mutual friends Gilles and Flo's wedding, so I'll see her there too.

Name: Jordan Fish
Age: 23
I felt like I knew Jordan so well, because his vlog has become a must-see in our flat in Berlin. In real life he looked several years younger, almost like a teenager. He hasn't done as much of the vlogging recently because his weeping response to the V-Tech shootings got too much attention (it was a YouTube editors' selection) and marred the performance art element of his vlogs with too much raw, real, direct, unmediated emotion. There were also some really mean comments under that episode -- a bit like the ones I got in Wired News when I admitted Apple expos had sometimes made me weep with gratitude. We're "girly men"!

Being a super-mediator, Jordan has already blogged about our meeting. But not on video, and not weeping, thank god.

Name: Elsie
Age: 25
Elsie is an art history graduate student at the CUNY graduate center, and an unapologetic Canadian. We met last year when I was the Unreliable Tour Guide. She gave me invaluable help this year by inventorying all the boxes I'd left in designer Mirko Ilic's studio -- all my worldly possessions, basically -- and organizing their shipment back to Europe. Elsie told me mostly about her studies -- she's studying mid-century Modernism, with a side of Ancient Rome -- and her new hamster, Roland, who's ginger with red eyes. While we discussed how Canada is much closer in many ways to British culture than American, Elsie made a stupid sketch of me looking like a stick-legged pirate.

Name: Hikaru
Age: 27
I first met Hikaru in 2002 when she was an art student at SFIA living with a bunch of kids who called themselves the Seahorse Liberation Army, and it's still through photographs that I mostly keep track of her: I love Hibisanpo, her Flickr page. I spent a while trying to persuade Hikaru to sell me her battered but beautiful Sony DSC-T7, because I've been completely unable to find a decently-designed digital camera in the stores here. In the end she decided to keep it, though. We talked visas -- I recently wrote a letter in support of Hikaru's new application, and she's waiting rather nervously to hear the outcome. She wants to stay in New York (she's currently very much involved in the green branding of Green Point, her neighbourhood) but wouldn't mind living in Europe at some point too.

Name: Hiroshi
Age: 35
Hiroshi Sunairi is a Japanese artist who's been living in New York for about ten years now. I met him when I first toured here with Kahimi Karie. Hiroshi used to be a wild guy whose sculptures at Kreps Gallery showed him masturbating and whose screaming performances usually involved him dropping his trousers at some point. Now he's a prof at the NYU art school and makes memorial museum art, like the enamel white elephant (a memorial not just to 9/11 but to all the people who've died since then in Iraq and Afghanistan) currently showing at the Japan Society show Making a Home. "What happened to Wild Hiroshi, then? Does he still exist?" I asked. "Oh yes," said Hiroshi, "I got quite drunk at the Japan Society opening." "What did you do?" "Oh, I talked a lot," said Hiroshi.

Name: Jing
Age: 25
I must've met Jing around 9/11. We dated for a while just before I left New York for Tokyo. You can see her helping me move out of my Orchard Street apartment in the Sterile Cowboys documentary. She came to New York to study painting, ended up working at a gallery specializing in Asian art, but now works part-time in a secondhand clothes store (rather a smart one, judging by the way she was dressed). Jing had some kind of flu brewing and was a bit under the weather, but it was good to see her again. When Hiroko's Place closed at 10pm she headed back to Harlem (where Hiroshi also lives these days) to the apartment she shares with her boyfriend and a small dog. I couldn't believe how hot the night was -- 30 degrees centigrade, but the humidity made it feel like 35. Anyway, thanks, my New York friends! I thought this day would exhaust me, but in fact it energised me. I must be some sort of vampire!

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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
lol vampire

*insert stupid MA dissertation-related comment about vampires here*

Hee, Lord Whimsy looks so cute and crumpled, I want to give him a hug! Haha, Jordan Fish, the non-fanboy version of Chris Crocker. Oh dear.


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: lol vampire

that's me, I guess!


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: lol vampire

...except i'm 23 and reject monocausality.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: lol vampire

Hello!

I corrected the age bit, but where's the monocausality?


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Re: lol vampire

Oh just the Virginia Tech video being the big "because" of me not making much video of myself lately. It came to mind but there's a ton of other reasons, professional, personal and intergalactic.


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)

See, just like Chris Crocker.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)

LEAVE JORDAN ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)

GET SOME FAKE EYELASHES AND HIGHLIGHTS, AND THEN WE´LL TALK!


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)

Also, I think you need more highlights in your hair and fake eyelashes. Then people will take you seriously!


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to show you these videos from his Encyclopedia Dramatica entry






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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: I just wanted to show you these videos from his Encyclopedia Dramatica entry

I was hoping there´d be an ED page for Jordan, but there´s not!


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I just wanted to show you these videos from his Encyclopedia Dramatica entry

That's too bad! Maybe there will be when he strips naked and pisses people off on Livejournal for years!


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turkishb
turkishb
L'dent-de-lion
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)

ha! you know jordan fish introduced me to your music back in 2004! i'd totally lost track of him. i was an obnoxious, stupid creature back then (more so than now) and i don't believe we knew each other very well. but i remember jordan taking out his old ipod, remarking the more analog turn wheel would eventually become a collector's item, and then putting on your music (i think he started with my pervert doppleganger) wow, so good to see him though, and to see he's met you. he was quite a fan of yours even then!


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)

Hey! I know who you are now! The internet + life!

Okay enough comments about me, seriously. Move along everyone.


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turkishb
turkishb
L'dent-de-lion
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)

excellent, no? what are you doing with your universe these days? nyc huh? congrats


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)

It's a raccoon's penis bone, but ocelot sounds far more colorful.

Damned if I didn't find a couple more singing bird automatons in an antique shop around the corner after I left...


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)

Oh yes...the seed was a "devil's nut", which is of an invasive aquatic plant species that is found in the Hudson. Trinkets from the New World to present at court upon your return. Tell your kings we've all gone to Croatan!


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)

momus,

where wil your bruxelles shows take place?

more info please



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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)

LastFM event page for this concert.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
organizing artificial inseminations

With all these penis bones and devil's nuts I'm surprised you didn't introduce LD Whimsy to Karin as a donor for her friends. It could be his greatest creation, beyond pond life!


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: organizing artificial inseminations

I think this item I picked up along with Nick's trinkets was the deal breaker, unfortunately.


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robertdye
robertdye
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
test

test


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)

I didn't know there was going to be a movie based on Whimsy's "Affected Provincial's Almanac"! When it comes out I'll definitely go see it. I hope Whimsy makes a cameo!


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)

Why should I? I'm always making cameos here!

I gave Nick a copy of the original self-published version, which was titled The Affected Provincial's Almanack, but the book's title was changed to Affected Provincial's Companion when Bloomsbury published it. (Schott's Almanac was coming out on Bloomsbury at the time.)


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)

Yes, you make cameos here all the time, but seeing you in a movie would be amazing! Plus, I'll be seeing you in motion. Maybe you could be in the background watering your garden or buying some new pocket squares!


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)

You need only move your mouse to see me in motion.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)

Weird how I initially didn't think of going to your site! I was more caught up in thinking about you putting a video up on Youtube!


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)

There are a few videos there.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)

I should have rephrased that last sentence:
I was more caught up in thinking of you posting a video where you're crying and yelling "LEAVE MY PLANTS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!"

Or a video where you're dancing wildly and lip synching to "Believe" by Cher.


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trWzDlRvv1M


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)

Oh dear, now I'm all hot and bothered! You linked me to plant porn!

I'M NOT AN ARBORPHILE OKAY??? >:O >:O


PS: I just watched the Prom Queens video and I loved it!

PPS: I was expecting that link to be a video of you doing one of those things I mentioned above. I'm disappointed! (But not really)


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pflater
pflater
,,
Wed, Oct. 10th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)

i am interested to find out how one moves nations too, especially with visas and crossing borders.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 10th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)

theres a whoore eh a load of chinky burdz there eh? ;o)


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Oct. 10th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)

Do you ever hang out with anyone even remotely your age? Even the venerable Whimsy is almost a decade younger than you. Do you just have no interest in people in their forties? Is it some kind of Groucho Marx thing?


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)

Anyone of my venerable age knows that 47 really isn't that big of a difference from 39.

Nick has friends his own age or older than himself--it's just that they have projects, day jobs or businesses to run, and can't just drop everything to chat for an hour.

Doesn't speak well of me, does it?


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 11th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)

you look younger than 47.

urban memo (http://urbanmemo.blogspot.com)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Oct. 12th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)

See that green tea I'm holding? That's the secret. 28 litres a day, mate.


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