New York City’s 92nd Street “Y” is noted for its program of hosting intelligent, in-depth interviews with famous people in the arts. However, things went awry when Steve Martin was interviewed last night by his friend, New York Times writer Deborah Solomon. The discussion centered on Martin’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for the field of fine art, which is the subject of a new novel he was promoting. Solomon and Martin thought things were going fine in front of the well-heeled audience, but backstage it was another story. E mails from people watching on close-circuit TV began to flood in, complaining that the interview should cover more mainstream topics such as Martin’s comedy work in films and on TV. A note was actually delivered to Solomon on stage instructing her make the change. Solomon and Martin were stunned but Martin did comply and answered a number of questions before the evening ended. This morning, the “Y” management sent out E mails to all attendees apologizing for an event that did not live up to their standards of excellence. They also gave a full refund in the form of a $50 certificate good for future events at the “Y”. Solomon expressed outrage, saying that she felt the audience would have been sophisticated enough to show interest in other aspects of Martin’s career.