Monday, October 17, 2005

Charles Manson – Little guy, yes ...

Love that line.

I want to thank Satisfied '75 for 'tending bar' in my absence - telling great stories, attracting a colorful crowd, and saving a barstool at the end for Bankston.

Check out all the great music on Satisfied 75's site including recent posts on Spoon, Bob Dylan and Richard Buckner.


Also be grateful I wasn't here to relay, in a comment, an I-know-to-be-true Richard Simmons story that included Hollywood in the early-90s, a private-show-only Chippendales dancer, Simmons' recorded voice on an answering machine, and the famous gym short enthusiast's need to be 'showered' with attention.

And, in case there was ANY question, I was told the story, not directly a part of it.


At 3:04 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Mr. Triple J doesn't talk much about what happened after the bartending gigs started drying up, but before things really started popping in journalism, though if you get him drunk enough he'll break out his black leather chaps and treat you to his fierce interpretation of Abba's "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)."

Not to be missed!

At 3:23 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Odds and ends---

+Satisfied, I thought of you last night as the Travel Channel devoted the whole evening to Alaskan travelogues. Very appealing.

+A buddy of mine recently interviewed Shooter Jennings by phone. They were both huge "Family Guy" fans. (Waylon's last professional gig was narrating the episode, "To Live and Die in Dixie" in "Dukes" fashion.) Shooter was jealous of my friend for already having seen the new straight-to-DVD "FG" movie, while my friend was jealous of Shooter for having gotten high with Axl Rose.(I guess it all comes down to priorities, n'cest pas?)

+I went to my neighborhood art house cinema three afternoons last week ("Green Street Hooligans," "Thumbsucker," and "Everything is Illuminated"), and on one occasion ran into Ann Richards. I didn't bother to introduce myself as the guy who wrote her crib notes for a "Mayor's Book Club" appearance. But man, she is even shorter than I am.

And I saw the previews for "Capote." I have got to stay alive long enough to see that. It was based on the Gerald Clarke Capote bio., while yet another Capote movie, called "Every Word Is True" (aka "Have You Heard?"), which was filmed here in Austin, was based on the George Plimpton Capote bio.

The latter movie stars somebody named Toby Jones as Capote, with Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee, Jeff Daniels as Detective Alvin Dewey, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Peggy Lee, Isabella Rossellini as Gloria Guinness, Hope Davis as Slim Keith, the butt-ugly new Bond Daniel Craig as killer Perry Smith, and in a brilliant bit of casting, Sigourney Weaver as socialite and Capote muse, Babe Paley.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

TripleJ. Fully enjoyed guest blogging. Thanks for the opportunity.

Bankston, CAPOTE was fantastic.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Well, we're supposed to get it in the fly-over states soon. Someone was worrying that it might not be anything more than a colorized version of the movie of "In Cold Blood," but I could tell it's gonna be a whole lot more. It looks like the perfect cosmic allignment of writer with story, with the writer knowing he's got the goods needed, and that this is the right time and this is the right story to for him to make magic.

Hoffman has creeped me out with some of his characters, but I really dug him as Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous."

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

They do the behind-the-scenes story justice. Hoffman was a thrill to watch. He really is a talent. There are some interesting *insider* asides in reference to kill a mockingbird you'll no doubt find amusing as well.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Well, you might be able to write a true crime novel of your own here pretty soon, because I'm about to go kill the folks at my Chinese take-out place if they don't answer their friggin' phone and take my order.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger princessmalin said...

bankston, how could you leave us hanging? what happened with the chinese food? egg roll excellence or sweet-and-sour sadness?

At 3:18 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I tried both lines and never got through, so I wound up calling another place, got my food pretty quickly, munched on it through Tony Bourdain's new show ("No Reservations") on the Travel Channel, then watched two eps. of Michael Palin's "Himalaya," went to bed, read Seth Sherwood's Belgrade piece in the Sunday NYT, finished Martin Amis's fascinating memoir, "Experience," and retired just before sunrise.

So no, no bloodshed this time, though I came close to going on a spree at lunch today at Hut's (Noisy neigbors, botched orders, and a waitress that kept calling me "sweetie"--an innocuous enough endearment, except a gay typist I used to employ was fond of calling me that because he knew how much it unsettled me when he did). My buddy James made up for the lunch by taking me by his Masonic lodge hall, which was a cool old place with all sorts of odd fittings and fixtures.


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