3 Things: Yayoi Kusama, Mara Wilson, and Elizabeth Holmes / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can sign up to get these emails here.

 Live shows

Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m at QED. Every month, Myq Kaplan puts together a show at Astoria's QED. Comedy, music, freestyle rap... it's got it all. I'll be telling jokes with Phoebe Robinson, Camille Harris, and Rob Cantrell. Link

Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall. My variety show / audience prize giveaway is part of this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival! We'll have music from The Westerlies, poetry from Phil Kaye, comedy from Maeve Higgins and me, and so many prizes. Guaranteed to be the most positive way to spend a night in NYC. Link

Saturday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. at The Bell House. You're the Expert returns to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival with Jo Firestone, Hari Kondabolu, a mystery scientist, and special celebrity guests. Link

You can also find my full up-to-date show schedule online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Yayoi Kusama is obsessed with dots. As a visual artist, she's best known for her signature bright spots, often covering a room. I love how joyful and fun her work is. I get turned off by a lot of modern art, because I feel like I'm not smart enough to understand it. But Kusama's work is the opposite. It's an instant aesthetic mood booster. She also lives in a Japanese hospital for the mentally ill, which is by far the most interesting fact I've ever read in an artist's bio. Kusama's latest work is a site-specific takeover of the Glass House in Connecticut. The photos are pretty amazing. It's called "Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope." 

If you want more Kusama, you can check out her dot-filled website here, complete with one of the strangest self-portraits on the Internet.


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Mara Wilson learned about the birds and the bees on the set of Mrs. Doubtfire. She figured out what dating was like on Melrose Place. Her memoir isn't strictly comedic, but the questions she asked as a little kid really made me laugh. Her first question for her mom after hearing about where babies come from: "When you did it, did you say 'Whoa'?" 

Here's an excerpt from Mara Wilson's book: Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame

1 Interesting Thing:

Elizabeth Holmes was the world's youngest self-made billionaire. She created a revolutionary medical technology that could perform hundreds of diagnostic tests from a single drop of blood. But then John Carreyrou, a cranky reporter for the Wall Street Journal, started asking some tough questions and discovered it was all a sham. Now, Holmes net worth is $0. Nick Bilton covered the incredible story of the rise and fall of Theranos forVanity Fair.  How Elizabeth Holmes' House of Cards Came Tumbling Down

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Have a great weekend,