THE DIARIES OF PAUL K LYONS - 1978
1978 was an exhilarating year for me. I had embarked on a professional career, wearing a traditional suit each day to work, but, at the same time, my social life was going into orbit. It was the year I started clowning and silk screen printing, it was the year I met Harold, and Rosy, and it was the year I fell under Marielle's spell. Since I have a poor memory, these diaries introduce me to the person I used to be. I find it extraordinary that he was so promiscuous, not only in his relationships, but in his head.
Diary 7 starts in December 1977 and continues through to May 1978. By January 1979, though, I'd got through three more books. Diary 8 was probably the most unusual diary I've ever written. The book was made up of different sections of coloured paper, and I wrote the diary entries on whatever page suited my mood, rather than in an orderly fashion from page one to the end. Some of the entries are accompanied by a reference to the colour of the paper, and these don't sit well in a typed up version of the diary so I've edited most of them out. And, because I didn't date entries all that often, I may not have put them in exactly the right order. Diary 9 is a thin tome of hand-made paper given me by a friend which, unfortunately, does not contain nearly enough about two wonderful weeks I spent in Greece as part of Marielle's commune. Diary 10 is also a thin volume and documents only two months at the end of 1978.
In general, I have edited these diaries quite heavily. There is much writing that is flowery and makes little sense. Although there is nothing special about this writing (I am certainly not proud of it), I have also edited out passages where I find it just too embarrassing.
Also there is much that is intimate. I do not want to remove all of this, because it would change the character of the diaries, but nor do I want to upset or embarrass those I was involved with. I have, therefore, chosen to cut back some of the more personal material and to disguise names.