Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Talk to Him

Gary Panter/Jonathan Lethem @ Hammer Museum
Wednesday, January 11

What could be better than a staged conversation in a museum? Probably a real one with a few hundred less people and all the idiot-assholes filtered out by weak bladders and conference calls. This is not likely to happen and like most things we should accept what we can get and complain to people with no ability to fix the problem. As part of the ongoing ‘comics as art’ extravaganza in town, Gary Panter (whose clever work with Charles Burns is on display at MOCA) and Jonathan Lethem (whose literary work is on display at, uh, Barnes and Noble) will be forced to converse in front of a crowd of comic obsessives in a museum built to resemble an office building. Spend an evening listening to the guy who furnished Pee Wee’s Playhouse talking to Brooklyn’s own Superman-referencing nerd. With new tape on your glasses and the station wagon out on loan there is no doubt that this evening will be the best pickup scene for literate, modern comic-loving, museum-dwelling shut-ins. I’ll be the one wearing a corsage. (SOC)

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