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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Dylan Brody


Dylan Brody is currently touring his one-person storytelling show, More Arts / Less Martial, a must-see for anyone who loves the storytelling form, laughter, the martial arts, peace, humanity or any combination thereof.

He’s bringing his show to 92YTribeca tomorrow, September 14. So we sent him the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about his culture and media diets. For example, we learned he subscribes to both The New Yorker and (sometimes) to Granta. “I also subscribe,” he told us, “to several Marvel Comics titles and every time a new comic book comes in the mail I am filled with a childlike glee.” And he has three two dogs, named Sir Corwin the Beautiful Dog-Faced Dog, Brindled Beast of Sylmar and Lord Buckley Sweetlips, Greatest of all Dane Mutts (The Dinosaur Slaying Dog).

Read the full Q&A below. 

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I either stream NPR at my computer or, if I have to go somewhere, it comes on the moment I turn my car key.  Frequently, before I get any useful work done, I write three or four jokes on the day’s news, which I post to Facebook or Twitter or send to friends. Jokes like that have a very short shelf-life and I like to get ‘em out while they’re fresh-baked. 

What are your favorite websites?
I love the Onion. I frequent (and contribute to) The Huffington Post. I also tend to use Google to run the same three or four fetish-based web-searches every few days to find myself at the same embarrassingly lame fetish-based web-sites for a few minutes before I am filled with shame and self-loathing.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I’m on Twitter and Facebook constantly when I’m at my desk. Facebook is the most efficient tool of procrastination ever devised by man.  At night I frequently get into hashtag-based running joke games with my funny friends on Twitter.  I used to believe the computer age would increase my productivity.  I was so wrong.  So very, very wrong.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I just finished Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder in print.  I read everything she writes as it comes out.  That woman puts together the most beautiful sentences. In every book of hers there is some thought, some image, some turn of phrase that hangs with me for weeks or months after I’ve finished reading.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
I subscribe to The New Yorker. Sometimes I subscribe to Granta but I never actually wind up reading it.  I also subscribe to several Marvel Comics titles and every time a new comic book comes in the mail I am filled with a childlike glee.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows? 
I loved I Spy, though I didn’t discover it until I was an adult. “Sports Night” and “Mad About You” both strongly affected my sense of what can be done in the half-hour format on television.  Currently, I’m a fan of “In Plain Sight.” Mary McCormack is terrific and I will watch anything Josh Malina does. In a whole different realm, “The Green Room with Paul Provenza” on Showtime is a terrific show like nothing else I’ve seen on TV and “Louie” is consistently brilliant.

What’s the last movie you saw?
X-Men: First Class. I am so much more of a dork than I pretend to be when I’m on stage being well-dressed and eloquent.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
I saw two one-person shows recently in L.A. I saw David Dean Boutrell’s show and Todd Waring’s show.  Both of them were just terrific. Also, several months ago, I saw a production of my father’s play The Housewives of Manheim up in Santa Barbara.  It’s a terrific play.  I wish I had written it.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree. I love The Mountain Goats

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to? 
Apart from news, it’s almost all comedy and stuff my friends do.  There’s so much going on in the podcast world that I have trouble keeping up with it all. “Waking From the American Dream” with Kelly Carlin is great. Citizen Radio is amazing and, of course Marc Maron’s WTF.  Kevin Alison’s “Risk” podcasts are terrific. On the way to and from the dog park on weekends I listen to Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and This American life and A Prairie Home Companion. I do some writing and performing on David Feldman’s show on KPFK but I’m almost never in the car at the right time to hear it broadcast so I try to occasionally go back and listen to the podcasts.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I have to Jas Milam prints that I adore. They hang on the wall beside the stairs and make me a little bit happy every time I walk past them.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I spend about an hour every day at the dog park with Sir Corwin the Beautiful Dog-Faced Dog, Brindled Beast of Sylmar and Lord Buckley Sweetlips, Greatest of all Dane Mutts (The Dinosaur Slaying Dog) and my wife whose name escapes me at the moment. That hour is incredibly important to me.  I also train in martial arts fairly regularly, though not on the daily basis that I used to.  I read comic books and fantasy novels.  I nap. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure I was ever all that connected to begin with.

Dylan Brody’s one-person storytelling show, More Arts / Less Martial, comes to 92YTribeca tomorrow, September 14.

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