The 92nd Street Y in New York is one of the prime spots in New York to see the biggest names in film, art, and music speak about their craft and passions. Yesterday Steve Martin stopped by to chat with New York Times columnist and friend Deborah Solomon. And everyone asked for a refund. Why? Because attendees paid fifty dollars a ticket — so they expected more "wild and crazy guy." Not boring art-talk.
The weird thing is that Martin was there, and is touring, to promote his latest novel, An Object of Beauty, in which art is a major subject. About halfway through the interview, the two were interrupted by a Y staffer who handed Solomon a note that said to change the subject to Martin's movies and comedy career. In an e-mail to the Times, Solomon said the 92nd Street Y was "reinforcing the most philistine aspects of a culture that values celebrity and award shows over art."
In the end, the Y said that the event did not live up to the venue's standard of excellence. To which Martin replied, "As for the Y’s standard of excellence, it can’t be that high because this is the second time I’ve appeared there." What a funny guy.