Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cultural Decay: TONY Edition #4

Pull up a chair and let’s see the latest bits of foolishness Time Out New York (TONY) serves up this week.  As always, TONY does not disappoint – the magazine remains a perfect bellwether of our cultural decay.

Page 44 (in the Best by Day section) promises Naked Girls Reading Presents Naked Girls Eating.  There “the in-the-buff bookworms Nasty Canasta, Darlinda Just Darlinda, the Naked Librarian and Legs Malone whet the appetite with selections from their favorite culinary writers.  Grab a Food Porn cocktail ….”  Emily Dickinson fans beware!

Page 57 (in the Books section!) includes a notice for Derangement of the Senses.  At this event “Kevin Carter amps up the standard reading format with multimedia performances from writers, and lit-minded burlesque dancers accompanied by an electronic laser harp.”  Too bad Somerset Maugham is dead … I hear he was a great little dancer.

The Theater section on page 108 lists my favorite of the week: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.  It is described thus: “in his latest solo show, slacker comedian Mike Birbiglia shares stories about love, loss and vomit in a stoner’s drawl.”  I suppose you can’t keep a good man down.

More next week!

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