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I’ve gotten multiple calls for “Lawrence” on my office phone today, as
well as numerous hangups on my voice mail when I came back from
vacation yesterday. They all have that background sound that stinks of
boiler room – whether bill collectors or telemarketers or whatever,
there are a lot of people making calls in the room. After the first
one, I told all subsequent callers that “Lawrence had to be taken out
back and shot because he kept bugging me by calling me on the phone.”

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I’m really enjoying the James Kochalka sketchbook diary Volume 2. The
downer is that like all comic strip collections it takes no time to
read, so you tear through it in 30 minutes and then you have a year to
wait for the next one. I like the daily strips too but I lack the
wherewithall to follow it every day so I’ll keep buying the books as
long as they come out. I’m playing my RealPlayer with my ripped CDs on
random, and one of his songs came up a few minuts ago. I have 577
tracks in there, so there’s about a 1/25 chance the next one will be
his. Roll the dice, bob your head. Michelle Malone is rocking me with
“Medicated Magdalene” at the moment. Go, you babelike rock chick you!

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Last night we watched this great show on Bravo about the processes of
turning Get Shorty from a novel into a movie. I had
not realized that Dustin Hoffman was the model for the narcisstic putz
actor Martin Weir. He had worked with Elmore Leonard on trying to
adapt La Brava to film and did things like walk out
of meetings because it was a nice day and such. My favorite part was
the screenwriter telling the story of him and Barry Sonenfeld meeting
with Leonard as they were planning on adaptating the novel. He said
the meeting consisted of a two hour lunch, during which all that
happened was that Leonard told the stories of bad movies that had been
made from his books, ending with “Well guys, have fun.” He said “Oh
great, now I’m going to become a story for the next
asshole!” Funny stuff, with some of the stories of the making of the
film being things that could have been in the film. Stephen Franks,
the screenwriter, is the genius that came up with the whole “it’s the
Cadillac of minivans” bit solely because they needed a visual way to
suggest that everyone wanted to be Chili Palmer and he had this idea
of Hollywood types driving around in stupid cars simply because he
does. I love it!