"Gary has managed to escape the anxiety of influence by the sheer fact
that he has never read a word...I really admire that state of pure,
pure ignorance," deadpans best-selling Pulitzer-prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides. He's
speaking, of course, of novelist Gary Shteyngart, whose new novel Super
Sad True Love Story has given birth to the strangest book trailer the world has yet
In it, eminent critic Edmund White confesses not to have read the
whole book, actor-turned-writer James Franco talks about collaborating
on a "were-bear" project with Shteyngart, and acclaimed author Mary Gaitskill--awarded a Guggenheim for her brutally intense fiction about heroin addicts and prostitutes--says the only
reason Shteyngart is published is because he's "so good looking"
What's going on here? Publicity genius, or omens of the end of the Western literary world? You decide:
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