More Than a Hipster Touchstone: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Where: The Strand
212-473-1452 Price: $20, includes complimentary beer and wine
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When the skies crack open and Jehovah appears — angry that we have destroyed the planet, waged war on one another, and supported Adam Sandler movies — I will brave the storm and the screaming and climb the mount with a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel’s seminal 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and a really good pair of headphones and God will learn what I know to be true — that because of THIS work of art, humanity should be spared destruction.
Join me for a special Olio where we look closely at the supreme poetry of the printed out lyrics for 60 minutes, and then, armed with a better understanding of what is going on, listen to the whole 40 minute album, and remember for a second what it is to be whole.
Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.