27 April 2005

birthday getaway

Billy knew. because he was my host. but for my birthday I flew in & out of LA without telling friends.

there was relaxation & a poem. Billy treatd me to birthday dinner at Chaya Venice. we saw 2 plays. Robert Israel's gem of a staging of "Floyd Collins" was as good as theater gets. the first public performance of Chay Yew's latest was a disappointment. it was excruciatingly long & preachy. it'll be interesting to see if it can get more focus before the critics descend. then there was the Festival of Books on the UCLA campus. we heard Eric Idle give a humorous talk & walkd among endless booths full of books & writers as various as John Rechy & Jack Grapes   & sometimes writers like musician Phil Lesh & actor Leigh McCloskey.

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