Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Heterograph Project on BBC London

"What's your favorite 'Paul Schmelzer,' Paul Schmelzer?" Special thanks to Gaby Roslin of BBC London 94.9 for inviting me to discuss Signifier, Signed for her show's weekly "Collector's Corner" feature.

Listen to the full interview:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"May I have my autograph?"

Welcome, Minneapolis Star Tribune readers and those reading at the Seattle Times, the Capital Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the News & Observer in Raleigh.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Paul Schmelzer not signed by Jimmy Carter

I realize it's an unusual request, but something tells me Jimmy Carter didn't even get the chance to nix this idea...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

"Paul Schmelzer" not signed by Stephen Colbert

My world's all topsy-turvy: Rep. Michele Bachmann, the conservative Republican whose values are almost entirely divergent from my own, agreed to sign my name, but Stephen Colbert, whose entire television persona hinges on borrowing the characteristics of others (namely, O'Reilly-esque conservatives not unlike Bachmann) won't.

You'll notice he did use the blank space where the date's supposed to go to sign his own name though. Maybe that's most fitting.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Paul Schmelzer as signed by Wolfgang Puck

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Paul Schmelzer as signed by Dan Castellaneta
(voice of Homer Simpson, Krusty, Barney Gumbel, others)

Monday, July 27, 2009

RIP Merce Cunningham

Famed dancer, choreographer and cultural icon Merce Cunningham, who participated in this project very early on, passed away Sunday in Manhattan at age 90.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Paul Schmelzer as signed by Jenny Holzer

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Paul Schmelzer as signed by Jonathan Lethem

I met Jonathan Lethem, who wrote popular novels like Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, at a reading at the now-defunct St. Paul bookstore Ruminator. He gamely signed my my name in his novel Amnesia Moon before putting his own John Hancock on the first page of Fortress of Solitude. I didn't mention that the first-edition of Fortress, ensleeved in cellophane, was checked out from the Minneapolis Public Library. (What does it mean that a collectively owned book was enhanced in value by the author's signature? It's not like anyone can cash in on it.)