Michael Stipe Talks About 'Collapse Into Now Film Project' at NYC Event
Don't expect Michael Stipe to write his memoir anytime in the near future. At last night's (May 4) TimesTalks event, in which he was the featured guest, the R.E.M. singer indicated that he is not interested in telling his own story in a book.
"I love my life very much," he told the audience. "But I don't think it would make a very good read." He added: "I'm not a kiss-and-tell kind of guy; I'm a fairly private person."
Stipe spoke about his life, including R.E.M., to interviewer Hugo Lindgren, the editor of The New York Times Magazine. At the event, the singer talked about the 'Collapse Into Now Film Project' -- short films made to accompany each of the songs on R.E.M.'s most recent album, 'Collapse Into Now.' Several of the films were presented at the TimesTalks discussion in New York City.
About the 'Collapse Into Now Film Project,' Stipe explained that he didn't want to tour. "So I wanted to use the available technology ... to pull people onto not a single song," he said, "but a body of work." He added: "This feels distinctly 2011, and that's what I like about it."
Stipe is featured prominently in two of the films that were shown Wednesday evening. One of them was for the song "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter," in which the singer is dressed in Isabel Mastache outfits. He explained that the film embodied what it's like to be a teenager in a mall who feels a sense of immortality. Stipe also starred in the film for "Mine Smell Like Honey," in which he is rolled upwards over stairs with the help of a group of people; as he put it, "Why not fall up the stairs instead?"