MinXus Mail Bag: Best wishes from Mr. Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

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Mail-art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Our dearest friend Richard Canard (did we mention he was a member of Ray Johnson’s New York Correspondence School?) sent these very kind wishes for a happy new year some weeks back. (We prefer this to Empress Marie’s life-shattering Japanese oracle prophecies, which we are convinced brought us a year of the worst bad luck ever. They call this MinXus for a reason.)

Moosehead Beer is, of course, entirely appropriate to the Mink Ranch, as we are far closer to the great nation of Canada than many Tenderfoots realize. Canadian beer (in the Bunk House on a Friday evening) is considered far superior to more local varieties such as Genesee (aka “piss in a can”), Budweiser, or Pabst Blue Ribbon (see Dennis Hopper’s take on this brand in Blue Velvet by David Lynch).

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A few weeks ago, we greatly enjoyed exchanging e-mails with the legendary Mr. C. Of course, fair Tenderfoots, we would never disclose the details of a private conversation, but we feel it is not breaking confidentiality to report to you we queried Richard about his fake Ray Johnsons and his involvement in incidents a few years back that caused a large stir and some ruffled feathers concerning the market in fake Ray Johnsons – not to be confused with the Japanese Fake Ray Johnson Episode of 2010.

AND most intrepid Tenderfoots, we were very surprised when Mr. C. expressed some interest in learning about the fake Ray Johnson episode in Japan of 2010 and the alleged involvement of our former acquaintance Grigori Antonin (aka G-Man). We relayed the facts and the rumours as precisely and honestly as we could. Oh dear! We hope Mr. C. has only the highest respect for G-Man, and what we felt we must disclose did not tarnish the reputation of our former acquaintance in the eyes of a great master such as Mr. Canard. Our hearts would positively break if we thought we had sullied the reputation of “a real stand-up” guy such as G-Man! (We still think about the excited chatter of those Japanese fans who believed they were receiving mail from Ray Johnson some 15 years after his death.)

As ever, our deepest thanks to Richard Canard.

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