Not impossible that there was an offhand, perhaps even sarcastically 
intended, remark that Mekas repeated or wrote down in his column and 
which Brakhage just forgot making. Print has an odd power to take slight 
anecdotes and give them a status beyond their initial intent. (My own 
remembering, which may be accurate or not, is that Brakhage said that he 
now saw the point of the film but still was largely unimpressed.)

But of course the real issue is whether the shift in projection speed 
really does have the affect that the anecdote attributes to it. Neither 
the authority of SB's statement nor his disavowal has all that much 
relevance to that. Certainly there are instances where such shifts are 
transformative -- Ernie Gehr's step-printing of the source of Eureka 
--but it needs to be taken on a case by case basis. I've only seen 
excerpts of Sleep, so can't judge.

j

On 2/13/12 2:05 PM, Pierce, Greg wrote:
> The essay with the apocryphal story is in Notes After Reseeing the Films of 
> Andy Warhol by Jonas Mekas. First published in Andy Warhol by John Coplans in 
> 1970. Reprinted in Andy Warhol Film Factory by Michael O'Pray in 1989. ~ Greg
>
> ps: More later.
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> On 2/13/12 10:35 AM, "Myron Ort"<z...@sonic.net>  wrote:
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>> In which of the many books scattered around my house did I surely
>> encounter that story?
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>> Myron Ort
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>> On Feb 13, 2012, at 10:30 AM, Eric Theise wrote:
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>>> On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Myron Ort<z...@sonic.net>  wrote:
>>>> How and why do stories like that get started anyway?
>>> That particular story got started because Jonas Mekas told it.  It
>>> continues to be told because it's a good story, and it's lodged in
>>> the collective memory due to the problematic but always cited early
>>> literature on Warhol's filmmaking.
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