Private: “Excuse me, I’m trying to have a meal here.”

Forgive me if you’ve already seen this one. It’s new to me.

Earlier this week, Eric Alterman divulged that he, a stranger to Lou Reed, interrupted the musician’s lunch with Laurie Anderson to ask Reed to lift a curse on Alterman’s friend Mike. (Bad things evidently occur in Mike’s life whenever he listens to Lou Reed’s music.)

“One imagines he would be similarly accommodating were his meal interrupted by a total stranger,” quips The Minor Fall, The Major Lift.