Fending off psychos and paranoid cranks in the Village while I explain the internet, 1996. The apex of my chubby and inarticulate period. My very first public appearance and I was petrified. Fortunately, they paid me 25 cents every time I said “Uh” or “Um.”
p.s. “Words, Wit and Wisdom,” mentioned at the start of the video, was the title of this column when my parents wrote it. I didn’t change the name to “The Word Detective” until 1997.