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?
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.'
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.
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.
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Thu 23 Sep 99 23:11
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Thu 23 Sep 99 23:12
Slippage. My kingdom for slippage.
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 24 Sep 99 10:00
Great interview. Thanks Tim... and Linda!
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.
Thomas Armagost (silly) Tue 7 Dec 99 14:42
<scribbled by silly Sat 7 Jul 12 21:35>
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Wed 8 Dec 99 13:10
silly, I don't think Tim Powers is checking in on this topic anymore.
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?
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.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Mon 3 Jan 00 17:43
Hey, Linda...looks like Tim's account is still active.
Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 3 Jan 00 18:00
Cool!! I've sent him e-mail, so we shall see...
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.
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.
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..." !
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.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Tue 4 Jan 00 14:20
Must be that Y2K bug that got the Powers account going there.
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!
Martha Soukup (soukup) Wed 5 Jan 00 02:13
This is a Y2K bug I can live with.
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.
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.
Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 5 Jan 00 13:14
First place I ever stayed, also!
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 5 Jan 00 19:57
I got really plowed at the Flamingo, does that count?
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