RS: Your recent New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs piece, "Where the Guy Next to You at the Coffee Shop Is Furiously Typing" was hilarious and really struck a chord with a lot of people. What's the response to that piece been like for you?

AW: When you write something that's 699 words and 695 of them are in the first sentence, I think you have to be happy with any response that's even remotely positive. I'm just glad nice people like yourself didn't see it as an assault on their free time.

What can people expect from your reading on Saturday?

Attendees best prepare themselves for five or so minutes of raw emotion. I'm not saying I'll cry, but if it feels right, I am not afraid to weep in front of your audience. (Laughs) I hope you don't mind me adding the laughs thing--I just love seeing that in interviews. People can expect an interactive piece that I have no qualms saying is NOT your father's interactive piece. If it is, sorry.

What can Alex Watt fans look forward to in 2015?

Al's Pals and Watt-heads everywhere can look forward to possibly seeing me on TV. I don't know how much I can say about it, but if it doesn't work out maybe I'll bring an elaborate sign to a sporting event and get on the tube that way. Running on the field/court during play might seem like more of a sure thing, but I think most networks refuse to show that now and, frankly, I'd be terrible at it. People can also expect me to write more stuff. I don't know if it's something for others to look forward to, but I really want to go somewhere where I can try to catch crawfish. I've never done that before and it seems like it would be fun.