There Are Bodies, and Then There Are Bodies
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.
MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
And I'm Melissa Block.
BLOCK: The Exhibition" says it's a phenomenal look at the phenomena we call the human body. Well, commentator Andrei Codrescu has seen it and finds it depressing.
ANDREI CODRESCU: My son Tristan, who is studying to be a Chinese doctor, looked at everything slowly and studiously. But I sort of dashed through the crowd thinking that I was in a weird funeral parlor looking at dead people who'd been taken apart for some obscene reason. After spending some time getting the creeps in front of some fetus jars, I fondled a brain carefully tended by a docent. I got to the end of the show and went back looking for Tristan but he was still only in the bones room and had miles of guts and viscera to traverse before the end.
SIEGEL: After the dead bodies, we went to a show where two burlesque dancers offered their live bodies to be written on by the audience. The dancers were warm and wordy and they gave off heat. Definitely interactive, much better deal.
BLOCK: Andrei Codrescu, he edits a journal whose name is - I'm not kidding - The Exquisite Corpse.