Friday, August 19, 2005

And then perhaps wonder who now will lead the Voters of The Dead Zone?
The secret word is Disappointed

MORE ASSORTED COMMUNICATIONS (this starts below, but such is the way of the blog)
After my methamphetamine story in LA CityBeat, (see last Thursday) HCB sends the following literary snippet...
'Benzedrine,' said James Bond. 'It's what I shall need if I'm going to keep my wits about me tonight. It's apt to make one a bit overconfident, but that'll help too.' He stirred the champagne so that the white powder whirled among the bubbles. Then he drank the mixture down with one long swallow. 'It doesn't taste,' said Bond, 'and the champagne is quite excellent.' – from Moonraker

And some girl sent this link, unrelated but fun...
(But, yo Boarg, might you have not have conceived and built such things back in the day?)
Dimitris sends the following as discordant satire, but I tend to believe it especially, the bit about pirates and global warming. And I really want one of those faux-Michelangelo mugs, maybe for my upcoming birthday.

Our friend Jake has been a-publishing and now writes...
Invisible Books is pleased to announce the online publication of Hours One through Six of the Book Amduat. The complete text, in English, Hieroglyphics and transliteration, with all illustrations reproduced and explicated, is available without charge in PDF format.
Amduat, describes Ra's journey through the twelve hours of the night. It is the Divine Comedy of Ancient Egypt, and the most influential religious text ever produced there.
This is the first complete translation to appear in English in 100 years, the only version of the hieroglyphic text available online or currently print.

He also sends a kind encouragement for my kicking nicotine...
Burroughs once told me it was harder to quit than junk. I'm not sure about that, since he never really managed to quit either. If you can manage this, you have strength such as few men possess. And if you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and get back on in a few days. "Seven falls make a rider."

Plus another plug for Ellen, a good friend of Doc40, who has her own crafts store on ebay. Check it out...

A number of people have asked when Conflagration, the sequel to Kindling, will be published and my only answer right now – and until September when Tor Books and the rest of New York gets fully back to work – is "I don’t have a clue", except it will probably be a while since the paperback of Kindling has still to come out.

The secret word is Waiting

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cover story in current LA CityBeat is a summation of most of my current thoughts on amphetamine. (sniff)

Now if I could just remember where I put the secret word...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The following fell from the net and...

To: Friends, Family, and my fellow Americans
Subject: Get America Back On Track!

It's not too early to be thinking about the future of this country and who's going to lead it. Election after election we're given the "choice" between two unappealing candidates and have no choice but to vote for the one we dislike less. But now, that's about to change.
Stepping up to the forefront of politics is a new type of leader, motivated by his love for his country, not special interest groups. His distinct image and captivating voice you already know, and now it's your chance to make him the leader of the people, for the people, by the people. That's right... Christopher Walken is running for President.
Now, at this early stage of the campaign, is when the grass-roots voters like us can really influence the candidates we'll see in the elections. So take a few minutes to visit the Walken 2008 Home Page at
, read about the man and his ideas, and send them a message of your support. This is how the system should work, and now's your chance to have your voice. Don't let it slip away!
-A caring citizen

CANDIDATE QUOTE"Bear costumes are funny... Bears as well."

The secret word is Heterochromia.
Most other things have been off the table in the last 24 hours while emails have been flying over the condition of our favorite heart attack victim. Even the 28th anniversary of the Death of Elvis has been largely ignored (Although here's an artifact...

I talked to Boss on the phone just now and seem chipper, pleased to be in bed and waited upon, and willing to gossip about all the rest of you. Seems resigned to cutting out the booze and taking up swimming. Also lectured him on joining the 21st century and getting webbed. A computer may not be essential to a master chef, but, as a DJ, the MP3 modern world is crowding in. The following from Su tells most of the current story.

Hello folks – Visited Boss in Hammersmith Hospital last night - he was looking fine, not wired up to anything. He's going to have an angioplasty in the next few days - will keep you posted. The address is: Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS - he's currently in Ward B2 but will be moving to a different one before the op (actually I don't think they call it an operation, it's a procedure which is carried out with only a local anaesthetic, I believe). They don't usually keep people in long after an angioplasty, so with luck he'll be home soon. OK, I'm off to google 'angioplasty' and really wind myself up. PS The hospital being next door to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, Boss is sharing his ward with a prisoner under 24-hour guard, weird.

And an update comes from Rich – Boss has his angiogram today and has now been moved toWard A9.

The secret word is Goodmayes

Monday, August 15, 2005

Stop The Presses – For those of you who know him, either personally, or by repute, Boss has suffered a heart attack. The following comes from Rich and tells about all that I know right now.

This is nothing to get too alarmed about I hope, but I spoke to Boss tonight and he's had a minor heart attack and has been admitted to Hammersmith Hospital. He answered his mobile and sounded OK, and they've taken him off monitors etc. but they're still keeping him in to do an angio-wotsit in a few days time. He was very chirpy and cracking jokes, so hopefully it's nothing really serious, and he said they've been brilliant at the hospital, so at least he's in good hands too. I think he'll be in for at least a few days yet.
Second day in and my nicotine withdrawal is going wholly to plan. This is not about to become some dreary detox diary – perish the thought. I have far too much to do. I would like to thank all the well-wishers who have emailed me or posted on the lumbering comments board. Gentlemen, I appreciate the support. Mr. MR has also sent this bouquet of ancient, big-tobacco, propaganda kitsch.

The secret word is Lucifer

CRYPTIQUEBut, doctor, what do I do with my hands?