this is a picture of Wayne Koestenbaum and me at CUNY this past november. it was a jew freak loveliest during which we committed, before witnesses, to writing a trilogy together: two essays and an opera. his colors were red and white and mine were black and green, obv. i feel my sbarro diet coke was not bad at all as last-minute accessory. we discussed wayne’s newest book HUMILIATION and some of mine, esp MERCURY. the official title for this conversation had something to do with pleasure and abasement, or the pleasures of abasement in poetry.