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Lee Siegel Hits the Twitter-Verse

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What's clicking on the blog today.


The BRYANT PARK PROJECT blog loves to hear from you.


And our Web editor Laura Conaway is here now to tell us what you are saying.

Hello, Laura.

LAURA CONAWAY: Good morning, Bill. How are you?

WOLFF: Never better.

CONAWAY: We have a little place on our blog. It's a little lost corner almost -frequently asked questions file - and I never think anyone is going to find it. And it turns out that people not only find it, they leave us letters…


CONAWAY: …about us. So here's one to brighten your day. I thought I just read a couple because, otherwise, you'll never see them.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BPP is terrible.


(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Oh, thanks, Laura.

WOLFF: Great.

CONAWAY: I switch to another station as soon as I hear that annoying chattering noise. I think it's just when I'm on the air (unintelligible)…

STEWART: No, no.

CONAWAY: That's (unintelligible).

STEWART: Some people don't like that we speak to one another, but…

CONAWAY: Yeah. That's (unintelligible).

STEWART: We all like each other here. What can we say?


STEWART: For 19 years, we like each other.

CONAWAY: Here's a little bit of a happy one. She says, I've been listening since the beginning. I thought what the heck? I'll Podcast them and give them a try. I'm 59 and never thought the BPP would appeal to me. And guess what? I'm addicted to the BPP. That's from Carol(ph). That's about it.

WOLFF: Uh-huh. Touché.

STEWART: Hi, Carol. Thanks, Carol.

WOLFF: And that for annoying.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: So anyway, so talking to people - we've been talking to this guy, critique Lee Siegel all week. And let me tell you. This guy knows what it means to be precocious.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: The author of this new book about the Internet called "Against the Machine," which should tell you a little bit about how he feels. He's taken a look at our blog and our Twitter feed this week. And yesterday, he had sort of a true confession for me. He had seen Ian Schwartz(ph) post about "High School Musical."

STEWART: And he is one of our producers.

CONAWAY: He's one of our producers, excuse me, yeah.

So here's Lee Siegel with his big brain stumped flat by this post about "High School Musical."

LEE SIEGEL: I have no idea what he was referring to. I suddenly felt so superannuated. I don't know what "High School Musical" is. I don't know whether it refers to the cult of Troy and Gabriella. I'm ashamed to say I don't know what that is. And then I was reading the comment. And a very enthusiastic comment - it says, kudos to the wardrobe's department in India, they have effectively bridged the territorial gap between Troy Bolton and Joey Jeremiah. Again, I mean, maybe this is really going to get me at the hot water admitting this, but I have no idea what he's talking about.

CONAWAY: So there.

STEWART: Wow. That is a confession. That means he really been in a pop culture hole.


WOLFF: Okay. Can I make a confession?

STEWART: Go ahead.

WOLFF: I'm right there with him. I have no idea what any of that meant.



WOLFF: I've heard of "High School Musical," but Troy…

CONAWAY: What are they talking about? Yeah...TEXT: WOLFF: What? No idea.

STEWART: No. (Unintelligible).

WOLFF: No idea, whatsoever.

CONAWAY: Yeah. Yeah. Lee Seigel, a smart guy. I'm going to pause the rest of that conversation in just a little bit when I come about it here.

Also today, we're going to be doing a slideshow on the extreme knitters. That's coming up on the show a little bit.

And, Alison, you found this YouTube thing of a guy knitting and drumming?

STEWART: Yeah. I was researching this story, and I found this YouTube video of a guy who knits and also play sort of the whole rock n' roll set up of drums. Not the best drummer I've ever seen. I'm not particularly - I'm not sure he's the best knitter, but I applaud his attempt at multitasking.

CONAWAY: It's astounding. I - just check it out. It's astounding. And if you knit and you want to send us a picture of your stuff, just drop us something in the comments, and we'll pick it up.

Lastly, Alison, I just want to look at my favorite Twit of the week, and actually you would read it out - I don't know if I could do it (unintelligible).

STEWART: Yes. It is from Meg Fowler(ph), a regular person at twitter.com/bpp. She wrote: I love that feeling of having someone play with my hair. My brain is tense tonight, oh, X-Chris(ph), you were useful for this.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: I love it. Thank you, Meg Fowler. Apparently, she's having a toothache, she reports this morning. So we hope she feels better.

WOLFF: Well, I sure do.

STEWART: Something to report, go to twitter.com/bpp. Join our online community there.

Laura Conaway, big thanks.

CONAWAY: Thank you.

STEWART: Coming up on the BRYANT PARK PROJECT, Boulder, Colorado, wants people to build smaller houses. We'll explain why.

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