Glass will share the stage tonight with gay essayist David Rakoff, who regularly contributes commentaries to This American Life. Theyll talk about the TV show, which retains the radio programs basic setup of various narrative accounts revolving around a single theme. Its fun, but finding stories that work in [televisions] style is a challenge, says Glass, who hosts the Showtime series. You need to do it in more of a present-tense kind of way. You have to let it unfold while the camera is there, which pushes you to a particular kind of story.
Meanwhile, Rakoff will discuss and skewer recent right-wing best-sellers, while Glass spins music in the background. To be onstage with him is crazy, says Glass. Hes not irreverent, but theres something wry, gay, and Noel Coward-ish. Thats the only personality he has. www.cuyahogalibrary.org.
Wed., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2007