This exchange, brought to you on the anniversary of Escher’s birth, is from Letters of Note: Art; and the audio, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Mick Jagger and Sanjeev Bhaskar as M. C. Escher, is from the accompanying audiobook. You’ll notice Benedict almost crumbling near the end of his letter as the weight of Jagger reduces him to laughter1. Leaving it in seemed sensible.
This was recorded in December 2019 and I filmed it, too. Sadly I’m unable to show you the footage. All I can say is that for 20 minutes or so, Benedict Cumberbatch became Mick Jagger both in voice and in arm gestures, and I laughed to the point of tears.
I listened to it, and it’s hilarious! I’m not sure that I’ve ever even heard Mick Jagger speaking, but it sounded right to me. I think it’s great that the artist refused his request and put him in his place. Ha!