inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #201 of 250: Linda Castellani (castle) Thu 23 Sep 99 13:31
    
Roy was very cool, and I loved his house.  In fact, that might explain
why I was so completely taken at the first sight of the house we are
now renting.  It's a *much* smaller version of his house.

Well, Powers, I'm sorry to say that the official part of this
interview is drawing to a close.  Officially, our two weeks are up
tomorrow, but I understand that you have to dash off across country
tomorrow to attend some function or another.

We can, of course, continue talking up until your departure, and I
hope that you will continue to check back upon your return to see if
anyone has had anything new to add.

I know that William Ashbless is very busy these days, but I was kind
of hoping that he might have come up with a fitting epitaph for this
dialog.  Is it possible?
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #202 of 250: Undo Influence (mnemonic) Thu 23 Sep 99 14:05
    

Not William Ashbless, but another William -- this passage from "Richard II"
reminded me a bit of LAST CALL:

   'So sighs, and tears, and groans,
    Show minutes, times, and hours; but my time
    Runs posting on in Bolingbroke's proud joy,
    While I stand fooling here, his Jack of the clock.
    This music mads me.'
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #203 of 250: Tim Powers (timpowers) Thu 23 Sep 99 23:10
    
This has been a lot of fun.  Thanks, everybody!

Ashbless is seldom sober at this hour, but he did manage to produce
the following:

     Escort Powers back to his cell.
     Here's told what there was fit to tell,
     With elegies reckoned
     From _Richard II_ --
     And all's well that ends on the Well.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #204 of 250: Shaun Dale (stdale) Thu 23 Sep 99 23:11
    
Well, if nothing else, you've got a new fan.  I've finished The Anubis Gates
and will be off to the bookstore this weekend to beef up my Tim Powers
shelf.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #205 of 250: Erik Van Thienen (levant) Thu 23 Sep 99 23:11
    
heh (TM)
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #206 of 250: Erik Van Thienen (levant) Thu 23 Sep 99 23:12
    
Slippage. My kingdom for slippage.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #207 of 250: Gail Williams (gail) Fri 24 Sep 99 10:00
    
Great interview. Thanks Tim...  and Linda!
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #208 of 250: Reva Basch (reva) Fri 24 Sep 99 12:10
    
Tim, and Linda, what a great interview team! Thank you both so much; I've
loved this, and I'm looking forward to reading a whole bunch of Powers.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #209 of 250: Thomas Armagost (silly) Tue 7 Dec 99 14:42
    <scribbled by silly Sat 7 Jul 12 21:35>
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #210 of 250: Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Wed 8 Dec 99 13:10
    
silly, I don't think Tim Powers is checking in on this topic anymore.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #211 of 250: John Shirley (johnp-shirley) Mon 3 Jan 00 17:03
    
I don't think Powers is on the well, is he? Maybe he used to be. Maybe
he still is. 

Anyway, I re-read Last Call on an impulse and find that some sections
of it probably inspired the movie BEING JOHN MALKOVITCH. Not the
overall theme of the book, but the sub-strand about entering and
sharing others' bodies and viewpoints psychically...the way it's
described is so like certain scenes in the movie. And the book has been
optioned--Hollywood people were interested more than once. Of course
it's not the kind of thing you can sue over. 

Does this transfer or whatever over to the science fiction conference
topic on Powers?
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #212 of 250: Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 3 Jan 00 17:30
    

Nope.  No topics are linked from inkwell to any other conferences on the
WELL.  

I'll hail him in e-mail, though and see if he wants to respond.  I think
his guest account has expired, though, so he'd have to respond via e-mail.

I just want to say that "Being John Malkovich" has become my favorite
movie of all time, so I'd be tickled if there were a connection.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #213 of 250: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Mon 3 Jan 00 17:43
    
Hey, Linda...looks like Tim's account is still active.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #214 of 250: Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 3 Jan 00 18:00
    

Cool!!  I've sent him e-mail, so we shall see...
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #215 of 250: Tim Powers (timpowers) Mon 3 Jan 00 22:42
    
Well, hello again, all!  Linda, I had assumed my account had lapsed
too -- but at least it appears to work today.

     Silly, I don't know if I'll teach that extension course again or
not!  So far they haven't asked me to again, which might be a clue.

     John, I haven't seen _Being John Malkovich_ yet -- it would be
flattering to think the writers had read _Last Call._  Every now and
then I do wonder about some things I see -- I remember an episode of
_The Simpsons_ that seemed to be based on a bit from my _Anubis Gates!_
 

     What really bothers me is when some bit parallel to something of
mine shows up _before_ my book can get published!  Just before the
publication of _Last Call,_ which concerned Bugsy Siegel, a whole bunch
of movies about Siegel came out; and just as I was finishing _The
Stress of Her Regard,_ which involved Byron and Shelley having
supernatural adventures, a lot of similar books and movies appeared.  I
suppose it's just some pollen floating around in the cultural breeze
that we all reacted to at about the same time, but I always first
imagine that my house is bugged, and some incomprehensible conspiracy
is at work to anticipate Powers novels.  Therefore I have been, in a
real loud voice, telling my wife over and over again that my new book
is going to be about Fulton, the steam-boat man; it's not, but if I see
a lot of Fulton books and movies a year or so from now, I'm gonna be
mighty mad.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #216 of 250: Ron Hogan (grifter) Mon 3 Jan 00 23:42
    

I do remember reading LAST CALL and thinking, "Geez, this guy's damn
well tapped into the Bugsy Siegel zeitgeist!" right off the bat.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #217 of 250: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 4 Jan 00 04:32
    
Hey, how about a sequel to BOTH novels that brings Byron, Shelly, and
Bugsy Siegel together? "Let's do the time warp again..."  !
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #218 of 250: John Shirley (johnp-shirley) Tue 4 Jan 00 12:50
    
Man Tim I know what you mean about stuff being in the air and you're
working on something and then...It's happened to me again and again. I
suppose all we can do is to try to use it as a spur for originality.
Anyway in the case of your books, your take on these subjects always
has a far, far more original spin, and depth of quality, than any of
these other bozos could hope for. So it doesn't matter.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #219 of 250: Martha Soukup (soukup) Tue 4 Jan 00 14:20
    
Must be that Y2K bug that got the Powers account going there.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #220 of 250: Tim Powers (timpowers) Wed 5 Jan 00 01:14
    
     John, thanks, good of you to say!  It is just a fact of life that
that happens.  My new book is about Kim Philby, the British secret
service guy who turned out to have been working for Moscow all his life
-- I hereby predict that in a couple of months we're going to see a
lot of books & movies about him!  

     Jon L, right -- Siegel probably would have been a tremendous
poet, if he'd only been given a chance!

     Martha, I guess so!  Worse things were predicted!
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #221 of 250: Martha Soukup (soukup) Wed 5 Jan 00 02:13
    
This is a Y2K bug I can live with.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #222 of 250: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 5 Jan 00 04:43
    
I was confusing Kim Philby and Herbert Philbrick, the guy Richard Carlson
played in the 50s television series.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #223 of 250: Jay Kinney (jay) Wed 5 Jan 00 09:48
    
Of course, Tim, we all realize that your announcing that your new book
is about Kim Philby is just a dodge to throw off the culture snoopers!
It's actually about Sidney Hook... 

I loved Last Call, by the way. It gained resonance for me due to the
fact that the Flamingo was the first hotel that I stayed in in Vegas.
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #224 of 250: Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 5 Jan 00 13:14
    

First place I ever stayed, also!
  
inkwell.vue.48 : Tim Powers
permalink #225 of 250: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 5 Jan 00 19:57
    
I got really plowed at the Flamingo, does that count?
  

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