All the Lurie Details

image“I Will Not Sodomize the Teacher on Fridays”

In the ’80s, John Lurie starred in a number of Jim Jarmusch cult favorites. In the ’90s, the onetime downtown New York actor, musician, and painter hosted “Fishing With John,” a TV series that featured the likes of Tom Waits, Dennis Hopper, and Willem Defoe. Inappropriately (and yet not), Lurie didn’t know how to fish. Since the mid-’90s, he’s ceased acting or performing and turned to painting as a result of reportedly undiagnosed symptoms that Lurie likens to Lyme disease.

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This year, powerHouse Books released Lurie’s A Fine Example of Art, a series off quirky, visual vignettes that play off of contemporary childhood myths and iconic images. The stories (and make no mistake, these are stories) range from funny (“Heroin Leads to Harder Drugs”) and funnier (“Hittites Attacking the Schnabel) to parodic (“Bart Simpson Has Face Cancer”) and downright dark (“When I Die, I Want to Go Like My Grandfather, Asleep and at Peace, Not Like the People Screaming in the Other Car”). With afterwords from Steve Buscemi and Flea, forget Eggers’s new show: this is caption art hybrid of the year.

image “Obscure Presidents and Sally Field on the Water”

image “Horse with Mullet”

image “When I Die, I Want to Go Like My Grandfather, Asleep and at Peace, Not Like the People Screaming in the Other Car”

image “Hittites Attacking the Schnabel”

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