Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Another Of My Fifteen Minutes Of Fame

In 1968 Andy Warhol said: "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes."

So far I reckon I have had about 2 of mine (acknowledging of course that the whole notion of 'fame' has become totally debased in the last 40 years. In 1968 The Beatles were famous, in 2007 whoever is presenting a repeat of a regionally produced game show broadcast at 9.30 AM on a free-to-air satellite channel is 'famous' - and has a book deal).

Another 15 seconds worth of my 15 minutes is coming up - maybe. I just got interviewed by the BBC.

Listening to Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago, I caught The Ugly American, a very funny little autobiographical play by Mike Daisey, a few days later, by total a hapenstance, I caught Feedback (a Radio 4 listeners' complaints / issues show) in which the play was attacked from all sides for daring to even mention the word 'rape' in a play broadcast during daytime hours. I wrote a mail (like I do) saying "No no no! they got it all wrong they didn't listen. It wasn't about rape, it was about the actor who was being asked to portray the act of rape on stage...."

A woman with a drop-dead gorgeous voice from Feedback phoned last night and asked if I would say all that into a microphone being one of the handful of people who came to the play's defence. I said yes. About half an hour ago they recorded my burblings and spleen venting down the phone. Don't know if they will use it but I'm now terrified that if they do I will come over as a raging pervert who wants to fill the nation's earwaves with pornographic radio plays.


Mike said...


Email me--this is the first I've heard about this, and I'd love to find out more.

Mike Daisey

(There's an email link at the top of the site.)



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