Arts Beat has the preliminary lineup for this year’s New Yorker Festival, and there is one definite highlight: The magazine’s music critic, Alex Ross, will deliver a lecture about “bass lines in music history,” which is about as nerdy and awesome as it gets. I bet he’s going to talk about “Want” by Jawbreaer. Or maybe “Eye-5.” Or at least the second half of “You Never Give Me Your Money?” “Only in Dreams?” “Boris the Spider?” “London Calling?” “Waiting Room?” So exciting.
Anyway, the fest takes place October 1-3 and will also feature conversations with Paul Reubens, Steve Carell, Patricia Clarkson, Neil Gaimon, Warner Herzog and James Taylor. There’s a panel discussion about Saturday Night Live , with Seth Meyers and other cast members, being moderated by David Reminick, and another about vampires in popular culture, with Stephen King and “Twilight” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Some other stuff too, probably, but nothing else about bass lines, as far as I know.