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Westsider creates People to People Program
Such was the title of Louise Wile’s interview with pk. I’d asked the local Pennysaver for support with FLEX: he could have given us a corner of his office, he could have run a subscription campaign for us, he could have posted my notices each week as a donation … What he did was let time pass, then send a reporter to interview me. She was paid to write an article; FLEX got nothing but that article: which, in turn, produced: not much.
I’ve done the best I could over these decades to preserve these records of the revolution that failed, living among the damned, trying and failing to show the damned that they are damned: and why. The state backed my wife in kidnapping my son from me. … Even living in my car for most of a decade, I’ve managed to stash records somewhere and to retrieve them later. This interview languished in this and that closet, storage space, warehouse … till I could fetch it to Florida where it could wait till I could digitize it. Only within the last year did the OR scanner get a change to translate from text and back to text. And now I can neither decipher all of the garble or find the original for guidance. I’ll struggle further with it another time. But one paragraph is loud and clear despite the primitive translation software:
It’s easy to understand how Paul turns strangers on to FLEX. Contact with him is like touching a live wire. A warm handshake made this reporter feel immediately welcome. After a few moments of talking “school” I found myself reaching for memories of that teacher in the second grade who punished kids for reading ahead. Paul has a way of drawing his listener out, in such a way that I wasn’t sure who was interviewing whom!
It was a pleasure for me to see those lines again. You may find it hard to believe, but my tone at Knatz.com bears no resemblance to the voice with which I once taught or wrote. Actually, you can see that here: check out my early fiction.
(fragment digitized for K. 2001 11 05)
If I digitize any more I’ll do it manually; software tried the above but I had to retype it all anyway.