Yesterday I met David Flowers in front of the Anthology Film Archives. Once inside, we sat through Harry Smith's Heaven and Earth Magic, a piece of animated avant garde cinema which I had already seen in a film interpretation class, and it was okay beacause only lasted 66 minutes, but after that we ventured upstairs to a much, much longer Smith film, Mahagonny--- 2 hours and 25 minutes--- which at least had the good sense to be mildly interesting. Smith calls it "a mathematical analysis of Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass expressed in terms of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny," which is either the most ambitious film project ever undertaken or the coyest synopsis in the history of art. I can't say I disliked it, though I did take a break of about a half an hour in the middle, running without my jacket to check on my car parked on Lafayette and 4th.
It was good to see David, though. And he has a girlfriend now! A Mexican girl named Serene. And he's moving into a house. It's like he's an actual person.