If you're like a certain unnamed New Times colleague, you only listen to NPR's This American Life if you want to fall asleep. If you're like me, you had to stop listening to the podcast at work because you kept bursting out in loud sobs.
Then there's the man behind the show, Ira Glass. For ladies (and some gents) ages 27-40, he's up there with John Cusack. (To quote Chuck Klosterman: "I once loved a girl who almost loved me, but not as much as she loved John Cusack." ) Glass just might be our generation's Woody Allen -- not particularly alluring physically but we bet he gives damn good conversations.
So our pulse quickened a bit when we heard that Glass would be coming to Miami to discuss the creative process behind This American Life. Then we saw the venue - Gansevoort Hotel - and then the ticket price - a whopping $175.
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Here's the thing about NPR listeners and Ira Glass fanatics, we poor. We listen to public radio's This American Life when not reading the books we checked out from the public library and when not traipsing through a public park. We rely on government-subsided culture, because we chose to edit an alt weekly's arts and culture calendar over managing hedge funds. Sorry, that just got personal.
Sat., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., 2010