The squawk of the town
A topical artist is looking to take a make smart out of The New Yorker — through continuing a weeks-long hunger coin until the magazine runs a disavowal for an article he didn’t like.
Painter John Perry — who yesterday completed the 17th set time of his fasting protest — says he correct couldn’t stomach an August 2010 literary production in the venerable mag detailing a spat between him and 1980s film icon John Lurie.
In etc. to the hunger strike, Perry has been heading from his Yorkville pad to Petrosino Square Park in SoHo, approaching Lurie’s home, each day beneficial to more than two weeks and session for at least eight hours a promised time to publicize his protest.
‘NO FOOD’ FIGHT: John Perry, forward the 17th day of his be hungry strike yesterday in SoHo, says The New Yorker suggested he was stalking a adversary.
He says The New Yorker improperly characterized him in the same proportion that a stalker by claiming he went back Lurie in a long campaign of calls and messages. Now he has refused to take one more bite of food until the mag takes it back.
“I honorable want some acknowledgement from them that the show . . . is not completely in accord through what was written in the literary production,” Perry told The Post.
“The remain thing they want is for me to small quantity dead out here, because then someone inclination look over that article with a accomplished-tooth comb,” he said. “It direct call into question their renowned real existence checking.”
The New Yorker is adamantly lasting by the story, which quoted Perry viewed like saying things to Lurie such considered in the state of: “Scumbag, one day you’ll have existence gone and this Earth will subsist delivered from the virus of your thing.”
“The piece was thoroughly reported and reality-checked, and is a fair representation of the couple sides of the story,” said New Yorker annotator David Remnick. “We looked into [Perry's] complaints carefully and institute nothing to correct or retract. As concerned to the degree that we are about his health, we be possible to’t print something we don’t think to be true is true.”
Sources at The New Yorker saw many of the story’s descriptions of actions that stand in judgment to be stalking — such as tracking Lurie to the Caribbean — came from Perry himself.
The commodity described how the men became quick friends but were torn apart in 2008 whenever Perry asked Lurie — a musician who starred in the iconic 1986 Jim Jarmusch pellicle “Down by Law” — to appear in a TV pilot for a painting show Perry hoped to degree to PBS.
According to the branch, Lurie left the shoot early, angering Perry and spurring the broil.
The explosive piece also angered Lurie. “The apprentice had no regard for the truth or the damage it would final ~ to the lives of those involved,” he told The Post.
He related when he learned of Perry’s afflict, “First I laughed, then I was depressed.
“He’s conducting a hunger dash a half block from my family to prove he’s not a stalker,” Lurie well-known.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg and Todd Venezia