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Notes from Chris

While reading this New York Times piece about a note posted on a pole at the intersection of 43rd and 6th Avenue by a guy named Chris who with apparent sincerity reviews two different coffee carts, I learned via the article’s comments that this note was just one in a series called “Notes from Chris.” It is an ongoing street (art?) project by comic Tom Lamb, who in 2008 first started posting monologue length notices from a guy named “Chris” all over New York City. The notes are typed in all caps and quite hilarious with its unabashed demanding and intimate tone. Todd explains:

I feel like a lot of New Yorkers are in their own little world, whatever that world is. I wanted to see if I could break them out of that. For Chris, all he wants to do is meet up with people, because he’s not busy. He’s the opposite of all these New Yorkers who are booked solid throughout the day, and even if they had free time, they wouldn’t want to meet up with you.

Chris has lots of time and is wiling to meet you for the most mundane things. And no one wants to do those things except Chris. Like, Chris wants to eat some Fritos and move a mattress. He just wants soda, snacks, and your time.