Well, he loved my book Downtown! Well he held up a copy of it anyway! Well, he held up an advance copy of the cover before the actual book was inside it!
The enigmatic pop artist did this kind gesture–promoting my nonfiction guide to NYC’s then underground–prompted by photographer Patrick McMullan at some party or other way back in the weighty ’80s. Andy had even given me a quote for the cover, and it was so long and gushy, it sounded like it was written by me! (In fact, it WAS written by me, as I recall, but Andy approved it. No, really.)
So if you look closely, you can see that Andy was holding up his own quote–a typically self-reflexive move verging on pure art.
Thanks to Dr. Mark Warfel–surgeon to the stars and the king of the Greenport summer social scene–for reminding me of this classic shot.