Friday, July 4, 2014

I'm in Starbucks on Independence day and there are four young Pima County Sheriffs at a nearby table with fabulous work boots on.

THE best Chinese food in Tucson is Old Peking restaurant. They have a Szechuan menu beyond the regular menu that is traditional and fabulous. 

This is my young old friend Elia Katz, son of Leon Katz. I have discussed and argued with this New Yorker since we met in Taos, NM in 1970 through (dearly) departed Alan Kaplan. Elia is the author of "Armed Love" (Alan did the cover) a New York Times best seller about communes in the late '60's. His mind is rich even if he isn't (yet). I keep hoping he is writing secretly because the way he thinks. Could he be paralyzed by the Iching.  When I was shooting continuously in Silver Lake after I got fired from TASCHEN- mostly modelmayhem models and Elia would come over to assist and enjoy the experience. One day he showed up with a finished video (cd) he had done on my work. Its rough and available on the internet. So maybe he is writing the great American novel. I enjoyed, from a more recent novel, his account of Jesus visiting the protagonist in the Bronx at nite and becomes visble when JC goes to the icebox and opens the door. Jesus lit by the icebox-an image I'll not soon forget.

I went suddenly to LA to get more John K photos ("Sitting")

(my collection of John K photos published by Ampersand Gallery in Portland, Oregon, txt by me).
Here Myles (owner of Ampersand) walking with Maggie. My friend is Jim Camp is carrying the bat to fend off vicious dogs. East Beverly Blvd. Not B. Hills. Jim shoot porn and makes art (triple polaroid portraits)

We slept the nite before on the beds of the different porn sets. Jim is a big collector of the same swag I collect and Myles deals so we had fun talking and looking. In the morning Marley Mathews showed up. She had a list of acts she was to perform for the camera but had a sore throat and didn't want to swallow and Jim told her they don't want that anyway. The "male talent" was going to cum on her face and she remarked she liked that.

It isn't an open set so we left to look at more John  K photos.

A.T reading "Sitting"

A.T viewing the vintage John  K stereo image

Myles kneeling before the mother lode of John K material.

A.T. explaining an aspect of the collection to Myles

We lunched at the Casbah Cafe in Sunset Junction for Greek salad

We were late for a dinner with Cynthia Patterson and Andy, Ori and Dave and Frank of course.

Ori and Cynthia

The next day Myles and I had important eating to do starting at FromA Cafe on Melrose near Fairfax (I like Fred Segal's bfast but I love FromA)

Myles at FromA

my omelette

then to Lee Kaplan's fantastic, recently moved, photo bookstore Arcana in Culver City. Then lunch at Lemonade on Beverley.


There is Jim Nitzel's baby daughter. She and I often dine at Cafe a La C'Art on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art. Beautiful soulful Marian (Gail Marcus Orlen's mom) was there. No more beautiful woman!

I got to leave for bbq and fireworks at Zoebe's place on Sampson st.
a parting thought in pixels

At dawn at Siesta Key, Florida

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