This one's a quickie, as I have to get up at 6 in the morning. I had a wonderful evening with Christine Wertheim, Sheree Rose, and Anna Gibbs. Anna's visiting Christine from Australia, and she tells me we met before, in San Francisco years ago, back in the days when Dan Davidson and Kathy Acker were still alive. I can't remember if Dan and Kathy knew each other, but Anna knew both of them. We met at the Olympic Day Spa in Koreatown, and soaked and exfoliated for a couple of hours. Moving back and forth between the steaming mugwort pool and the ice water pool, after the initial shock of it, becomes so exhilarating. Sitting in my robe on a couch outside the pools, sipping tea and taking in all the naked female bodies, all shapes and ages and races, I found my heart twirling open, embracing all of them. It was one of those moments that are very quiet, but fucking intense.
Then we drove down Olympic a few blocks to the Beverly Soon Tofu House. In the photo, from left to right: Christine, Sheree, Anna. Great conversation, great food. Christine ordered barbecued squid, and just this morning on Facebook somebody had posted a link to an ABC News article, "Cooked Squid Inseminates Woman's Mouth." It was gruesome. Each time one my tablemates stuck a slice of this like 10-inch long squid in her mouth, I'd feel kind of squirmy, and it took every social grace that's ever been instilled in me not to mention the article as they ate.