Art Spiegelman brings 'Maus' to KCRW

soho-house-kcrw-crowd.jpgKCRW taped another installment of its online-only web cultural series, UpClose, on Sunday in the top-floor screening room at Soho House in West Hollywood. About 100 invited guests listened to Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the graphical narrative "Maus: A Survivor's Tale," talk with his old friend and frequent interviewer, Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt. The immediate subject was the publication of "MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus." Their conversation and questions from the audience will be available at on Oct. 19. I, and I suspect others in the audience, will be curious to see how the webcast handles two points in the program — when one of Silverblatt's famously complex questions went on so long that Spiegelman took a bathroom break mid-question, and when the author declined to sign books because the SoHo House wouldn't let him smoke.

It was my first time upstairs at Soho House: gorgeous views in all directions. The rooftop garden features eight olive trees, grape vines and a pond. More pictures of the event by Micah Cordy after the jump.




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