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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Another video posting,

because once again I had a long, full weekend and did not get anything done that wasn't pure fun. Not that I don't find composing fun; in future, I will carve out more time for writing, and a little more time to read short stories by Russian writers, because they did it best.

My friend Sarah told me about Fishing With John, a program that didn't run for very many episodes, starring John Lurie of The Lounge Lizards.

I know, I know, this show will not appeal to a good number of you, though I think my friend Josh Williams will enjoy it, as will my friend Matty, who has plans to go fishing with B. I always thought fishing had more to do with storytelling, currents of thought, and a bit of quiet than it had to do with sport. I have been fishing many times myself, and only once did I catch a fish. It was a rainbow trout. Beginners luck. I was four.

John Lurie and the guests he hosts (Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, Dennis Hopper, Matt Dillon, etc) know nothing about fishing, by the way. I find this program weirdly beautiful, and wow, isn't John Lurie HOT?! (He's the tall one on the left.)

John Lurie believes in catch and release. I really loved his final story about the ant and the cow, but Tom Waits is right; it is NOT a fishing story. It's just lovely, and that's all.

I couldn't resist purchasing the 6-episode set online. Happy fishing, with John!


Blogger sage said...

I watched part one and two... I'll come back to part three. It took them to the end of part two to catch their first fish.

My favorite line by Tom Waits, while fishing off the SS Tetanus: "I hate to throw up, it was such a beautiful breakfast and I'd like to hold on it for a little while."

And who taught these guys how to paddle a canoe?

9:35 AM

Blogger ginab said...

Having destroyed their car....

Funniest line I've heard in AGES.


and to hit you subliminal: Chekhov, Chekhov, Chekhov.

5:34 PM

Blogger josh williams said...

That is the most realistic presentation of fishing I ever did see. I would not advocate sticking a fish down your pants, but what happens when your fishing, stays...unless it is filmed or you have a witness that will recount. Thank you for this gift, I watched the Tom Waits 1/3,2/3,3/3 and love the concept, to tell you the truth I am no pro but I spent much of my youth fishing, and a few attempts on the high seas, its just as John depicts, I really dont fish anymore, however my brother inlaw is itching to fish again, so we may go set anchor by the damn and fish for the states largest catfish. Watch the record books,I will be noted as the one taking a nap on the bean bag chair. That was just grand ing thanks, I forwarded the video to a few friends that will be pleased as punch what a great combo. Thankee JW

10:35 PM

Blogger matty said...

Oh, I LOVED this series when it aired! I even purchased the DVD when Criterion released it.

...UPS lost it when I moved to SF.

I think the best episode was with Matt Dillon. I can't remember why, but it appealed to me the most.

Tom Waits was my fave.

I think my least fave was with Dennis Hopper. ...but, even that one was good.

I think the show was ahead of its time. I bet it would be a hit if it air'd today.

they should bring it back.

I want John to take Barbra fly fishing.

4:43 PM

Blogger ing said...

Do they paddle incorrectly? I did notice that each man paddles very differently. John Lurie seems to be okay at steering.

Tom Waits is just plain smart. I can't wait 'til my DVD arrives!!



Yes, Chekhov!

Though last night I read Gogol and part of it made me giggle, like this sentence, which is just so good!: "From that time forth, his existence seemed to become, in some way, fuller, as if he were married, or as if some other man lived in him, as if, in fact, he were not alone, and some pleasant friend had consented to travel along life's path with him [etc]". Reminds me of George Saunders.



If that's realistic, then sign me up! John Lurie is soooooo cute!!!!!

I used to fish a lot when I lived with my parents, and I do remember some idyllic times. But also the time I caught a disgusting, writing eel and threw the pole back in the water. Yuck!

If you find yourself in need of a present to buy one of your friends with the profits you're skimming from Roscoe's book, think about buying the DVD. Can't fail.



I will loan it to you, of course, and then you'll never get out of fishing with B.

Maybe you liked the Matt Dillon episode because it reminded you of Little Darlings? Even though Matt no longer had that nice, feathered hair? Or maybe he's just a really cool guy. Why are some people gorgeous AND cool? It's not fair! Tho I think Joh Lurie is the cutest of all.

I would LOVE to see Barbra fly fishing, but I think her nails are too long, and I'm sure she'd stand up in the boat and capsize it.

7:13 PM

Blogger ing said...


No, the eel wasn't writing. It was "writhing". Bed time.

7:14 PM

Blogger purplesimon said...

I used the watch the guy from Australia on Discover Channel years back, his catchphrase was "Yibbidiyibbada mate!" (say with Aussie accent).

Can't remember his name. But good fun with a fat spliff.

Of course, those days of being a student/layabout are long gone. So, no more fishing and very little smoking now. Good or bad I can't say. Probably a mix of both.

I don't fish, though. Never have. I prefer to read, which I guess is solace for me, whereas fishing is solace for others.

The video was fun. I shall watch it again.

My word verification is flyea. It almost seems a word, but only Ginab ever had a proper word in her verification and so I won't post an image here. I think someone needs to start a site where any instance of real words in Blogger word verification are shown. I don't have the time to do it. I'm also rambling. Again.

That's Brazilian espresso for ya!

purplesimon out...

2:30 AM

Blogger Mone said...

I'm sure impressed by their hats, cool.
Happy 4th of July :)

5:24 AM

Blogger josh williams said...

I'm nit skimming profits I'm swimming in his profits. Or something like that, thanks again.

4:34 PM

Blogger ing said...


'Sall fun with a fat spliff. Until you lose an eye.

I am a weekend layabout, and those days will never be over. Which, it's Wednesday! Two days until the weekend! Yay!

For me, reading is an escape and a way of doing something that's ONLY for me and not in the service of anyone else.

I received the video in the mail! Yay!!!



Thanks, and happy 4th to you! I'm afraid I haven't been keeping up. It's already the 11th now. Arrrgh!



You're swimming all right!

7:09 PM


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