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Friday, September 09, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Michael Schulman

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Michael Schulman of The New Yorker is moderating Playwrights Horizons 2011/2012 Season Preview on September 12 at 92YTribeca.

We sent him the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A and learned he likes to use YouTube for at-home “karaoke purposes,” believes The Huffington Post is becoming “more tabloid-y by the day,” and Gawker is his guilty pleasure. (Ours is animated gifs). Read the full Q&A below. 

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
The New York Times and The Huffington Post (though it’s getting more tabloid-y by the day). On the train I listen to Rachel Maddow.

What are your favorite websites?
Gawker – a guilty pleasure. I’ve been known to use YouTube for at-home karaoke purposes.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I’m on Facebook but not Twitter. Someday, maybe.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I just read Hampton Sides’ Hellhound On His Trail, about the Martin Luther King assassination. That was research for an article I’m working on. Now I’m returning to my just-for-fun book, Richard Price’s Lush Life, which I wanted to read because it’s set on the Lower East Side, where I live. Both in actual book form.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
New York Magazine. Also, I pick up The New Yorker free in the office, if that counts.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
As I wait impatiently for “Mad Men” to return (come on, AMC), I’ve been Netflixing “Friday Night Lights,” which I really like, despite the fact that it’s about football and the outfits aren’t as nice as the ones on “Mad Men.”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Another Earth

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
I see tons of theater for work, but late summer is a bit of a dry season. I saw Zach Braff’s play All New People at Second Stage, and that was alright. Next week I’m going to Follies on Broadway.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
I just downloaded “I Got You Babe,” because it was stuck in my head for some reason. Now it’s really stuck in my head. Kind of like in “Groundhog Day.”

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
Dorky ones: “The Moth,” “This American Life,” and “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I have three vintage Interview magazines, which I got on eBay, framed above my couch. The covers are Angelica Huston, Eddie Murphy, and Divine.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
Ambien

On September 14, Catch a preview of Playwrights Horizons’ upcoming 2011/12 season from the featured playwrights themselves and hear the backstories of each production’s journey to the stage.

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