I’m several weeks behind on this, but this interview in The Onion with the watermelon-smashing “comedian” Gallagher is pretty astonishing (h/t Best Show on WFMU). Is it performance art? Is he using the interviewer as “a prop” in an elaborate metaroutine? Is he, as appears most likely, just a talentless, bitter crank and an ingrate? Every time I laughed while reading it, I felt ashamed on several different levels. Is there a little Gallagher in all of us, threatening to escape as we drift into old age? Is it only a matter of time before we will suddenly come back to ourselves and find that we’re holding the sledgehammer?
Also interesting, from the interview’s daunting comment thread: this article about Gallagher’s brother purportedly performing as “Gallagher Too” with the intention of usurping him.
// Notes from the Road
"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.READ the article