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November 28, 2011

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preston

Wow! I had no idea about this or the other Avery book on Paul Nelson. I'm going to purchase them directly! I am particularly excited because I 'knew' Paul Nelson. Not much in a personal or professional sense but he and I spoke regularly and sometimes at length about films. I had just moved here from NC and Evergreen Video was my VHS joint back in '92. They had a wonderful selection and I was a budding cineaste just getting my legs regarding cinematic styles and such. Paul worked there (when it was across from the Film Forum) and in his slow and charming way would recommend films by directors I was keen on and tell me what he thought I should avoid. After watching the tape I'd come back and if he were around, which was most of the time, we would talk about what I'd just watched. We talked A LOT about the "This Is Orson Welles" set that had just been released about that time by Bogdanovich. For years I thought he was just a sweet, old, hippy-trippy G-Villager until I read his obit in the Times in 2006. (I hadn't been to the Evergreen at that point for a couple of years.) I was floored, this dude who laconically fought with this cat jumping all over his customers and turned me on to Mizoguchi was such a fabulous and influential writer. I went on-line and couldn't find much he'd written aside from a piece on Neil Young and kinda gave up looking after that. I'm so happy that these books are out and can't wait to read them.

Funny, I don't remember a single discussion about music. I still have his obit tacked up beside my desk (along with Bergman, Edward Yang, Rudy Ray Moore and Lorenzo Charles.)

I'm travelling in from out of town but I'm going to try my best to make it Thurs night.

Bilge

Did not know this book existed. I have now ordered a copy. Well played, Glenn.

Steve Simels

We will be there with bells on, as the kids say.

Are we sure it's 7pm, BTW?

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