Thursday, January 17, 2013

Adam Mansbach to the War on Graffiti: "Go the Fuck to Sleep!"

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But the most fun was when he read the second chapter of his new book. After a Dr. Zizmor reference, everybody laughed. "I read that shit in other cities and people are like—" but he didn't finish, just smiled. He gave props to La Rosita, the since-shuttered Cuban spot in Morningside Heights, where he said he used to eat two-to-four times a day. He read an aside about how blunts are bullshit and had to pause for applause. He read another mocking DUMBO. "2005," he said. "Cats were bitter back then." As he said it, a man entered the reading from behind him. Mansbach turned. "You're not security?"

The novel includes weird, quasi-science-fictional shit, which Mansbach said was his attempt to create a "contemporary, NYC-based magic realism." Graffiti, he said, is sort of mystical, spiritual, what with all the writing in dark tunnels. But we have no structural framework in the modern city within which to understand magic. So he wanted to see what that would be like. But really, he didn't want to talk about structural framework bullshit. "Please hang out and dance," he told the audience. "Or at least nod your head in a serious fashion."

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