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October 7, 2008 |
Dear Mr. K.,
I have been a fan of your show for quite some time. I had the opportunity to view the documentary made about you at the RI Film Festival a few weeks ago. Apparently it was the East coast premiere... what a great movie! The theatre was filled with other fans...I haven't seen so many dorky white folks in one place in a long time! (me included....) I have not been able to attend a live show --- it's tough to leave the beautiful "Ocean State" in the summer, but even tougher to head for St. Paul in winter! I'm going to work on it, though...
West Kingston, R.I.
Glad you liked the Peter Rosen documentary. I haven't seen it. But I imagine it's good because THE MAN CERTAINLY TOOK A LOT OF FILM IN SHOOTING IT. He was in my house, in my car, backstage at the theater, and like all photographers or videographers, he wanted more, more, more. A truckload of videotape. Me tying my shoes. Me putting yoghurt on my bran flakes. Me blowing my nose. I think he learned about video documentary from Andy Warhol. And of course after he had invested weeks and weeks and weeks in shooting the thing, I couldn't very well tell him to stop, so on and on it went. (I believe he started filming in the summer of 1969.) Endless. And each time I got divorced and started a new family, HE HAD TO GO BACK AND SHOOT EVERYTHING AGAIN. It drove me almost out of my mind and my mental health was precarious to start with. The lawsuit, I am confident, will be settled out of court. I struck Peter, but very lightly, just a slap in the face and a kick in the shins, and why he is asking three-point-six million for mental anguish, I don't know, but if we go to trial, I will have plenty to say about mental anguish. The man took years out of my life.