Daily Archives: June 3, 2007

Philip Pullman, meet Ray Bradbury

Recently Philip Pullman railed against television, calling it “social poison.” And interestingly, around the same time, Ray Bradbury was interviewed in LA Weekly where he explained that his landmark book, Fahrenheit 451 is not about censorship, but “…a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature.” Fascinating stuff.


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Did This Truly Happen?

(Disclaimer — this is a gossipy sort of post.  Not my usual thing, but I’m dying to find out more about this and have had no success so wonder if it even happened.)

So anyway, yesterday I was at a BEA-related lunch at The Modern in a room facing MoMA’s sculpture garden and someone mentioned that the day before there had been another event hosted by Tina Brown during which a man in the sculpture garden stripped off his clothes, got way too close to a few sculptures, and then ran into the museum with security guards in hot pursuit.

Now I think that must have been quite something (evidently the event was celebrating the new book on Princess Di) and so I’ve tried to find out more.  Unfortunately googling things like, “Museum of Modern Art naked man” does not bring back the information I have in mind.  Anyone have some suggestions how to proceed to get the correct information?  Did it really happen? Was it a sad crazy person or a kooky artist?  Inquiring minds (mine, at any rate) want to know more.


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