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Had a resurrection dream last night; my dead roommate reappeared and said, "No, it's me; I've been here all along."

I was like, "I'm not buying that…" considering it had been over three months now. So I wasn't overly disappointed to wake up and be proven right, but I've been depressed for quite a while now thinking this is the future.

His memorial had been the other day—Sunday—and as I had planned, I didn't go. I had promised his girlfriend I wouldn't be there so she could share with abandon. There was no video or audio taken, and I don't care. I can surmise what she talked about, and fuck it. I don't care.
franklanguage: (AAAGGGGGGGHHH!)
I have to go to Connecticut tomorrow for my grandmother's funeral. She's my last grandparent, and lived to be 100 and change. She died last week and I'm freaking out right now about what I'm going to wear and charging my Kindle so I have something to read on the train there. I have to get up at the ungodly hour of 6 AM so I can get there for the 10 AM service.

Of course I'll post pictures when I come back. It's going to be bizarre seeing people I haven't seen in years and years—including my cousin Sara who lives right uptown from me and I haven't seen in over 10 years. (Since her wedding at the Boathouse in Central Park, to be exact.) My mother didn't even tell me; she has dementia and thought she had told me. I found out in an e-mail forwarded from my sister.

This reunion should do me for another ten years.
franklanguage: (AAAGGGGGGGHHH!)
I have to go to Connecticut tomorrow for my grandmother's funeral. She's my last grandparent, and lived to be 100 and change. She died last week and I'm freaking out right now about what I'm going to wear and charging my Kindle so I have something to read on the train there. I have to get up at the ungodly hour of 6 AM so I can get there for the 10 AM service.

Of course I'll post pictures when I come back. It's going to be bizarre seeing people I haven't seen in years and years—including my cousin Sara who lives right uptown from me and I haven't seen in over 10 years. (Since her wedding at the Boathouse in Central Park, to be exact.) My mother didn't even tell me; she has dementia and thought she had told me. I found out in an e-mail forwarded from my sister.

This reunion should do me for another ten years.
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Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs died last week; he was 86, so I'm sad, but happy for him that he lived such a rich and rewarding life. (Obituary at www.downtownexpress.com/de_377/tulikupferberg.html)

There was a service Saturday at St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery here in New York City; fortunately the ceremony was completely non-religious.




St. Mark's with the hearse parked out front.




Ed Sanders, who co-founded the band with Tuli in 1964, and Steve Ben Israel ("my Christian name.")




Norman Savitt, who produced Revolting News with Tuli. I've known Norman since the 90s, when we were both in NYMUG, or New York Mac User Group. (Remember user groups?) Norman video-recorded the whole thing and got it up on YouTube remarkably fast. Thanks, Norman.

[ETA: Thelma Blitz was the uploader and all the YouTube videos are hers except two.]









Steve with Tuli's daughter, and widow, Sylvia Topp.




Sylvia with Iulia [left], and my roommate Richard; they all used to work in the production department at the Village Voice. (Richard had originally planned to wear a T-shirt that said, "Drugs Is Bad," and I said I thought it would be better to wear a black T; I now think he probably should have worn the "Drugs Is Bad" T-shirt, given what everyone else was wearing.)




This picture was on the wall behind the altar; it's the way we all prefer to remember Tuli.







There were people signing a book and lighting candles in the back room where the viewing was taking place.




There was also this photo-collage of Tuli and family over the years.




Judith Malina and Tom Walker from the Living Theatre were there to pay their respects.




Yes, this is a lock of Tuli's hair; Thelma Blitz, the woman who called herself "Tuli's barber" saved the clippings of his hair to give to people, at his suggestion.




Norman took video of the entire service.

[ETA: Thelma tells me the YouTube videos are all hers except two.]












Most or all of the speakers have been uploaded to the tulifuli channel on YouTube.




At the end, Tuli's son Noah led us all in a song, set to the tune of "Harrigan," but rewritten as "Kupferberg."




The pallbearers then guided the coffin down the aisle and started Tuli on his journey to Greenwood Cemetery, to be buried.




Clayton Patterson was there, of course, photographing the whole thing.




All in all, it was a great memorial for a great friend.
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Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs died last week; he was 86, so I'm sad, but happy for him that he lived such a rich and rewarding life. (Obituary at www.downtownexpress.com/de_377/tulikupferberg.html)

There was a service Saturday at St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery here in New York City; fortunately the ceremony was completely non-religious.




St. Mark's with the hearse parked out front.




Ed Sanders, who co-founded the band with Tuli in 1964, and Steve Ben Israel ("my Christian name.")




Norman Savitt, who produced Revolting News with Tuli. I've known Norman since the 90s, when we were both in NYMUG, or New York Mac User Group. (Remember user groups?) Norman video-recorded the whole thing and got it up on YouTube remarkably fast. Thanks, Norman.

[ETA: Thelma Blitz was the uploader and all the YouTube videos are hers except two.]









Steve with Tuli's daughter, and widow, Sylvia Topp.




Sylvia with Iulia [left], and my roommate Richard; they all used to work in the production department at the Village Voice. (Richard had originally planned to wear a T-shirt that said, "Drugs Is Bad," and I said I thought it would be better to wear a black T; I now think he probably should have worn the "Drugs Is Bad" T-shirt, given what everyone else was wearing.)




This picture was on the wall behind the altar; it's the way we all prefer to remember Tuli.







There were people signing a book and lighting candles in the back room where the viewing was taking place.




There was also this photo-collage of Tuli and family over the years.




Judith Malina and Tom Walker from the Living Theatre were there to pay their respects.




Yes, this is a lock of Tuli's hair; Thelma Blitz, the woman who called herself "Tuli's barber" saved the clippings of his hair to give to people, at his suggestion.




Norman took video of the entire service.

[ETA: Thelma tells me the YouTube videos are all hers except two.]












Most or all of the speakers have been uploaded to the tulifuli channel on YouTube.




At the end, Tuli's son Noah led us all in a song, set to the tune of "Harrigan," but rewritten as "Kupferberg."




The pallbearers then guided the coffin down the aisle and started Tuli on his journey to Greenwood Cemetery, to be buried.




Clayton Patterson was there, of course, photographing the whole thing.




All in all, it was a great memorial for a great friend.
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Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, October 3rd) at 8:00 PM, there is a memorial for the legendary Dean Johnson at Rapture Cafe and Books, 200 Avenue A (between 12th and 13th streets), Manhattan. Telephone: 212-228-1177. Closest subway stop is the L at 1st Avenue and 14th.
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Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, October 3rd) at 8:00 PM, there is a memorial for the legendary Dean Johnson at Rapture Cafe and Books, 200 Avenue A (between 12th and 13th streets), Manhattan. Telephone: 212-228-1177. Closest subway stop is the L at 1st Avenue and 14th.
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