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92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Michael Kupperman


Michael Kupperman is a cartoonist and Mark Twain autobiographer. He’s also the special guest at tomorrow’s installment of the Closely Watched Films series hosted by Elliott Kalan, on December 7. Elliott and Michael also worked together on the new Marvel comic book Shame Itself. The newest installment of Michael’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle comes out December 9.

When Michael is not illustrating comics, he’ll glance at the website English Russia, if time allows. And he get his news on Twitter, the “magic grapevine.” Read more about his culture and media habits below, in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Twitter. It’s a magic grapevine.

What are your favorite websites?
I have no time anymore, but an amazing one to look at is English Russia. Apparently Russia is a cross between The Road Warrior and Brazil. Endlessly fascinating.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
A lot. I genuinely enjoy Twitter and the interactions I find there; with Facebook I enjoy the interactions but detest the site itself. Someone on my Twitter feed recently compared it to East German in the 1970s, which I thought was very apt; the spying, the control, the fact that you can never do what you want/need to. It’s maddening!

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Angela’s Ashes, print. Haven’t made the switch to digital, yet.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
Time Out New York. The Believer still sends me a copy every month, which I give away unopened.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
Right now it’s “Breaking Bad”. I also like that commercial where the bear with no pants on hawks cereal, that was classic.

What’s the last movie you saw?
The Last Circus by Spanish director Alex de la Iglesias. I’m sorry to say it was meh.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
My friends Chris Tanner and Lance Cruce singing the music of Yip Harburg. It was enchanting.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
A CD of Malcolm Mclaren’s Fans which I was feeling some (short-lived) nostalgia for.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
“The Pod F. Tompkast” and the “Grandma’s Virginity Podcast.” They’re both deliberately risible.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
A painting by our friend Steven Hammel, in our bathroom. It’s all in pink, of a woman in a fir forest. He’s very talented.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I go to the place where I grew up in Connecticut and dig and saw and cut and carry and drag. Yardwork!

Michael Kupperman is the special guest at tomorrow’s installment of the Closely Watched Films series hosted by Elliott Kalan, on December 7. More info and tickets, here.

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