The Invisible Made Visible
Famous people are supposed to be somewhere else, invisible to us. Comedian Tig Notaro tells this story about repeatedly running into Taylor Dayne, who was a pop star in the late 80s and early 90s. At the end of the story, we have a little surprise for Tig. Tig Notaro stars in the Amazon show One Mississippi. (16 minutes)
David Rakoff tells this story, about the invisible processes that can happen inside our bodies...and the visible effects they eventually have. David died three months after this performance, in August 2012. We dedicated an episode to him, collecting stories he told on the show over the years. David finished a final book - a novel, written in rhyme - called Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. It will be published in July.
Ira Glass's sister once met David Sedaris, and commented that he was much nicer than she thought he would be, given his writing. David replied, "I'm not nice, just two-faced." In this story, David shares the thoughts running through his head as he attempts to buy a cup of coffee. His most recent book is Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. (8 minutes)
Below are photos from the show, by Adrianne Mathiowetz.