Ray D. Shosay is a Hollywood screenwriter who is living--or hiding out--in the Hôtel Georges V in Paris where he intersects with characters of all sorts and opines on the issues of our time. His journal provides a window on his privileged and eccentric world. I think of Ray as an oblivious savant.
Ray D. Shosay, if said quickly, rhythms with "rez-de-chaussée" which means ground floor in French. In addition to serving as a useful carnet d'adresses for those visiting Paris, Ray's journal offers commentary on movies, language trends, politics and anything else that comes to Mr. Shosay’s attention in a manner that would be familiar to fans of Terry Southern. The cover photo is by Jeanetta Dumouchel.
Here is an excerpt:
Friday, January 26, 2007
We have inherited Saddam's problems without having access to his solutions. I say let's gas the Kurds and be done with it.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
It's getting late and I can't sleep. I'm expected to communicate my decision on whether or not I shall be attending the Oscar ceremonies within the next few minutes as whatever I decide will have repercussions for people in a number of different time zones. My preference would be to send Sacheen Littlefeather though she would have to go as a seat warmer since I'm not nominated for anything going on that evening. I would go if I thought they might reprise "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" as Best Song.