Monday Mag Mop-Up: Favre from Namath, Negro Encore Company, and Failed Groupie Sex
In New York magazine, Will Leitch tells us that new Jets QB Brett Favre does not and will not come up to the standards of Joe Namath. Broadway Joe, Leitch explains, was sexist and suave, man enough to wear panty hose and make Super Bowl guarantees; Favre is a small-market gomer whose "main two sponsors are Wrangler jeans and Snapper lawnmowers." As for his effect on the team's chances, that may or may not work out, but who cares? You want the Sporting News, go buy one.
Time Out New York reports that the Signature Theatre, which normally devotes each season to the works of one top playwright, will this year revive classic plays originally produced by the legendary Negro Ensemble Company. The First Breeze of Summer opens this week (with Leslie Uggams!), and will be followed by Home, Zooman and the Sign, and Day of Absence, the Douglas Ward Turner howl in which black people in whiteface freak out when their black servants don't show up for work. We hope this catches on and leads to revivals of Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death and It Bees Dat Way.
At Nerve Mike Young recounts "My Failed Attempt at Groupie Sex." It's not that he fails to have sex, but that he fails to enjoy it: his come-on fills him with self-loathing, the girl claws him too hard with her nails, and the act itself "wasn't me, but a product of 'work,' and I felt devoted but outside of it, watching Juniper's eyes not for the cues of a lover but the cues of someone being entertained." Kids today!