This may very well be one of the most “famous” giraffes we have on this website, and to think that drawings like this come from people who are sure to sign up for the street team? Unfortunately, as often happens when some drawings are sent in, my soliciting of a short story for this did not come to fruition and thus now must exist with an air of mystery around it. As always: so it goes.
American Composer Philip Glass
Philip Glass is perhaps the most influential composer of the late 20th century who has collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen and even Stephen Colbert. As if gracing the presence of Stephen T. Colbert were not enough, his musical scores have been nominated for several Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Awards. Judging by the list of his compositions, whether you know it or not, you have probably listened to many of his songs.
Glass was in Minnesota on April 6, 2011, for a show at The Dakota in Minneapolis and was apparently kind enough to do some autographs afterward, which was just the opening one needed to solicit an autograph – or a giraffe.
Normally we like to try our best to post a new giraffe every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but unfortunately we dropped the ball yesterday. Instead of scheduling a new giraffe I found myself bumming around the Twin Cities visiting friends, writing, walking DinkyTown and giving Michio Kaku‘s powerpoint presentation to a crowd of 500+ at the University of Minnesota Bookstore as he calmly stood beside me with laryngitis (podcast and giraffe to come).
Needless to say: I was busy.
Also, I made my way over to see the always funny Sam Lipsyte at Magers and Quinn booksellers. Lipsyte is a satirist/black humorist/terrible artist whose latest book The Ask (2010) is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (Slate did a nice review here).
Many thanks to Dillon McBrady for not only obtaining a giraffe from U.S. Senator Al Franken, which will make its way online in the near future. Also, thank you Dillon for bringing to light U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson‘s refusal to help his constituents in their entrepreneurial undertakings.
A friend of a friend was able to get a giraffe drawn by Philip Glass, who according to Wikipedia is “considered to be one of the most influential composers of the late 20th centuryand is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public.” Pretty sweet, huh?
It’s very likely that we’ll have buttons and stickers ready in the next two weeks. Be sure to join the Street Team and tell all of your friends to do the same.
I’m not sure what to do with the giraffes that have been finding their way to my inbox lately. Should I just throw them up online and let the people decide? Help!