Friday, May 22, 2009
May 22nd, 2009
Dear Mr Lee,
Congratulations! Our committee has reviewed your nomination packet which was from a record-breaking pool of 3,000 applicants this year. You and 63 other New York City residents are now official New York City Townies. In a few weeks you will receive your official joint-certificate of certification from the Pedantic Urban Kracken Educators and the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
We ask that you submit some additional supporting materials. Please provide in writing a proposal for a disquisition on your life in relation to a quintessential New York band. Popular and successful past subjects have included the New York Dolls, Suzanne Vega, and A.R.E. Weapons. The full disquisition should be ready in time for our June 1st swearing-in at Mars Bar hosted by Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels, open Molotov cocktail bar from 2-11 PM.
This year we are requesting that applicants refrain from proposals about Lou Reed, as their final presentations have often exhausted the length of the open bar (here's looking at you Lou, you sober fuck, "Berlin" really?). Please also submit most recent bloodwork from a licensed physician, acclaimed acupuncturist, or spirit healer prior to initiation if you wish to be considered for our fledgling HIV/Rotgut/HerpesIV/Measles/Mumps/MMR experimental vaccine program. Space is limited because of budget constraints this year in this economy, and we have been asked to remind you that although this vaccine does not prevent unwanted pregnancy it may prevent all future pregnancies.
Remember that you will only be a certified NYC Townie after the swearing-in ceremony at Mars Bar (ponchos will not be provided, please bring your own). We ask that you refrain from standing on the street calling people yuppie scum, guiding tourists to "good" drug spots, haunting dark corners of dive bars until last call, or sleeping with lost yokels until after June 1st. You will also be sent a membership card that will entitle you to a 10% discount at participating methadone clinics, the GMHC David Geffen Center, Planned Parenthoods, Colt 45 stockists, and select marijuana delivery services. In addition to the discount program, the card entitles you to a $5 rebate check towards the purchase of Famous Amos cookies, Shasta cola, and Newports brought to A.A. meetings or venereal wart treatments.
Again, we would like to welcome you to the venerable society of New York City Townies. See you in June!
Laurie Andersen and Leo Fitzpatrick,
welcoming committee co-chairs
P.U.K.E. and D.C.A
May ...October 1998?
Dear D.C.A. and P.U.K.E.,
CC: Whitney Biennial Nominating Committee,
MacArthur Genius Foundation,
Guinness Book of World Records.
Re: David Byrne, Avenue A, et moi: my life this week in talking heads
City of Dreams.
-"Sugar on my tongue. Stay up late"
-"Heaven. Once in a lifetime!"
(sax and violins)
-"Road to nowhere."
-I wish you wouldn't say that. 'Girlfriend' is better.
'Love' for sale? no compassion.
-Memories can't wait.
(burning down the house)
-Love, building on fire! Psycho Killer! I Want to Live!!! Take me to the river! Swamp!
cross-eyed and painless. (nothing) but flowers.