On Tuesday night, we headed uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Moth: Art of Storytelling event. It was really good. Maybe the act of drinking on top of Egyptian ruins makes any event better, but it turned into one of cosmic nights where people talked, and other people listened, and through the art of storytelling we actually learned something (though neither Outkast nor Slick Rick were there). Jonathan Ames opened with a story about impregnating his camp nurse (when he [Ames] was 21) and then a few years later visiting his subsequently born son for the first time on Christmas Eve, as a Jew. True story. NPR's Starlee Kine, of the genius Phil Collins story, told a tale of potential self-help cult abduction in the middle of nowhere. And then Kyp Malone, who we were happy to have had a hand in booking, talked about how both he and his daughter are fairly slow. Not in the retarded way, just in the slow-moving way. And it was good to know his offspring was continuing the family line. What other people see as problematic, he knew, may just be your artistic genes.
Kyp Malone, Jonathan Ames and Starlee Kine at Moth at the Met
December 17, 2009