Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
We met Eliza Fernand at the Neutral Ground exhibition this evening. Had a great long talk about comics and other stuff. Pass William's Pudcast (based on the Pud Comics from Double Bubble (Dubble Bubble) gum) link to her (https://doublebubble.podbean.com/).
Friday, November 26, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
Remembering Szymon Choynowski today. It was 10 years ago today that he took his own life, hanged himself in his house in Mexico City. That's not what we should remember, but it's difficult for me not to perpetually maintain that association. He had reached out to me and re-connected nine months before that date and we corresponded on and off up until two weeks before his death. Looking at the messages now, they are incredibly unnerving. He had some very positive days and shared some great memories, but overall his narratives are peppered with despair. When I shared stories from people that he knew here, more often that not he had either forgotten them or remembered some negative trait that he perceived in them (their breath, their smirk, etc). There was a job opportunity here at that time and he was momentarily excited about it, but quickly lost his enthusiasm and made me drop the subject. I think about him frequently as someone I loved being around, someone I wished I would be like, and someone I'm grateful not to be like.
His friend Mark Bloom sent me this obituary today.
SZYMON CHOYNOWSKI, BFA & MFA Film
Szymon Choynowski, later Simon Chase, died ten years ago, 11-22-11. His aesthetic sensibility influenced many. His taste was unwavering and was expressed with little delicacy. His sense of humor was unforgettable and infectious despite one's attempt not to fall into its depths. His exacting eye and ear for English prose was amazing and usually correct though not always current.
At CalArts in the 1970s, he was briefly bassist for The Poetics (Mike Kelly, Tony Oursler, et al.) and one of the most well-known students. After graduating, he began teaching in Canada. According to Gerald Saul, a filmmaker and educator and former student of Szymon's—see Saul's homage at http://geraldsaul.blogspot.
when the university finally offered him tenure, he promptly resigned. [...] he liked to be anonymous [...] However, after a couple of years of teaching, he began to encounter people who knew him almost everywhere he went. [...] He was very popular with the students [...] listening and caring about people's ideas. [...] I feel privileged that I had become his friend [...]
Simon moved to Montreal, then Vancouver, and ultimately to Mexico City to take care of his parents. His mother was an artist. His father, by then blind, had been director of the Psychometrical Laboratory of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a younger friend of Witkacy (Stanisław Witkiewicz) and older friend of Stanisław Lem. In 2010, Szymon visited Poland for the first time since childhood to scatter his parents' ashes in one of Warsaw's lakes.
Another of Szymon's former students:
I learned many things from him but most of all I felt heard. He was a great listener. I never felt judged by anything I showed in class or spoke of in his presence. He seemed to be interested in what I was thinking [...] As a film professor, I strive to be the teacher I always wanted as a student. I work hard to be supportive, attentive, non-judgmental, and authentic. Szymon was all of those, and it might be that I emulate him more than I know.
Sunday, November 21, 2021
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Friday, November 19, 2021
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Monday, November 15, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Margaret's mom turned 80. Got her a nice cake and some computer accessories.
I had a busy day, went to the university to consult with a couple of students about animation working with Trevor Grant. In the evening we went to the screening of last year's Giraf animation festival at the RPL where William's drawing prof had arranged to screen his class's animation (with his film "the Son of the Son of Cthuhlu").
All the while, I was feeling worse and worse. Home to the couch.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
I drove William to the edge of town (basically the new bottom of the Lewvan) so he could shoot some landscapes for class. It was windy as hell but the light was nice and there was no snow. I got it sit in the car, being "helpful". There was a glass-top table with price tags on it, probably from Winners, lying smashed by the road, a bad shopping day event.