Ridicule and Randomness Dept.

If you have the misfortune of knowing who author Elizabeth Wurtzel is, here’s the funniest thing you’ll read all week.

Today was another Flying Lab/UA2 split day. I feel like I’m working two jobs right now, and I guess I am. At the Lab, we did an interview with the editor of a computer game magazine who is giving us a feature first-look article for their E3 issue. It went really well. The guy is a Lovecraft fan and really got into the ideas we were discussing. A promising start to our long-term buzz efforts.

After I left the Lab, Karen and I took a long walk all over hill and dale. We retired to her studio for a little dinner and then I went to my studio for some UA2 work. I finished the first draft of Artifacts, the last chapter in the Cosmic section of the book, and sent it off to Greg. He turned in his edits of the first four chapters in that section, and so I tidied them up and sent them off to some folks for their comments. We’re almost done with part three.

Last night I went to a reading and Q&A by S.T. Joshi, who wrote the definitive biography of H.P. Lovecraft and also edited the critical and annotated editions of HPL’s fiction. Joshi is a very entertaining guy and it was a fun evening. He did some readings from a new omnibus of HPL’s poetry, including a delightful one: a poem HPL wrote at the age of seven in which he condensed The Oddessy down to 88 lines, using the rhyme scheme from Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Impressive as hell for a seven-year-old and very funny, with lots of wonderfully strained rhymes and such. Joshi lives in Seattle now, which was news to me.

Afterwards, I joined my friends Daniel and Heather at their house for dinner. They showed me a beautiful, awful, hilarious book called The Museum of Bad Art: Art Too Bad To Be Ignored. There’s no real way to do it justice, but you can visit the Museum’s web site and see for yourself.

Hell, I can’t resist. This is the piece whose discovery spurred the creation of MOBA. All hail Lucy, and read the glorious story of how she came to be.

Now if we can just get her and OMAC together, we’ll really have something.