Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Unrequited Loves, a collaboration

by Ann Bogle & Carol Novack


Nestor Topchy is an artist in Houston. C. and I had scanned all the men in town at parties for artists before we settled on him. He was the only exciting man to be found, we said. There were two others, but they were married, and it's telling that at 23 and 28, C. and I would not teufel with married men. That would come later. There are many stories about Nestor, but I'll tell you two. One night C. and I drove my car toward Nestor's house in the Heights. I had noticed that my odometer was nearing 66,666. It was at 66,665. We circled the block three times to get the odometer to read 66,666.66 in front of his house, which was a compound in the weeds.

I called his girlfriend, Jan, when I heard they might be breaking up. C. already lived with her boyfriend, but this interest in Nestor didn't stop there. I admitted to Jan that I was interested in Nestor, but I wanted to hear it from her that they were breaking up. They were breaking up, she said, "but he really isn't interested in relationships." "Okay, sorry, thanks," I said and hung up. For years I thought I'd been a feminist about it in bringing it directly to her, but I also felt deeply awash in embarrassment over it. He's not interested in relationships, I said, and shut up.

1 comment:

Marcia said...

I had lunch with Nestor the other day because I'm interviewing him for an article I'm writing for CITE magazine about artist spaces in Houston. His new project is to build a self-sustaining community upon six acres on the north side of the city. It will be built entirely out of shipping containers.

I think he does have a snowball's chance, because this is Houston and Houston, being the revolutionary city, can accommodate a vision such as this.

Also, I recently found out that 666 is also the number of the goddess. It was originally the number of the goddess, before the church transformed it into the number of the adversary.