The Public

“… I used to do college dates, and I actually had to stop doing them because it was just… David Sedaris, in one of his books, has a great thing about how, when you work in front of the public, you really want to view people as unique, special, and rare unto themselves. But, then, the more time you spend, the more you realize everyone’s the … same. I used to do these college dates. I’d go and I’d make a month’s rent in one night, so it was kind of hard to say no, but I had to stop doing them because it got so sad, like, people in the Q&A part going, ‘Are you ever gonna win a staring contest? Ha ha ha!’ And it’s not their fault. That’s, I guess, a relatively clever question if you’re a fan of the show, but after the 10th time, it started to make me feel really sad.”

Andy Richter

Lost in Fame

In the background, and repeated all around the stadium on posters and shirts, you could see images of LeBron, in colors and lines that strangely suggested Socialist realism: a hopeful, active, strong young man. Maybe this is what it means to have a general relation to large numbers of people. You become a little less specific yourself.

Benjamin Markovits