Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Novel, Etc
I reviewed some new books for The Daily Beast, including Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel, and this nutty rediscovered novel from fin de siecle Paris. Both were great!
I Especially Loved The Bridge of Beyond
I reviewed some new books again for The Daily Beast. I especially recommend The Bridge of Beyond, a new translation of the 1972 novel by Simone Schwarz-Bart. It falls on the right side of magical realism, which is the side where realism wins out, just barely. Beautiful writing.
I’ve got reviews up at The Daily Beast of Adelle Waldman’s new Brooklyn novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., and Ceast Aira’s strange Argentine novel about the 19th century pampas.
I’ve got some new reviews up at The Daily Beast. Love this gig.
Obesity in Fiction: The Changing Perspective
Over the past year or so, American fiction has started treating obese characters not in their traditional role as humorous foils or larger-than-life evildoers, but as protagonists worthy of sympathy and tragedy. I wrote about the trend for The Daily Beast.
Daily Beast, Monthly Reviewer
My first go-round as a regular book reviewer for The Daily Beast is up (I wrote the last two in the series this week). Look for me again next month!
Above is an accurate visual dipiction of a day in my life.
My Writing Elsewhere: On Herman Koch’s ‘The Dinner’
Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner has become a bona fide literary sensation in Europe and elsewhere around the world. This week, it comes to the United States. I looked into it’s prospects for success for The Daily Beast, along with a broader look at the market for foreign translations in America.
P.S. I really enjoyed the book. Recommended read!
I Relate Completely, only Replace “Russian” with “Simultaneously Funny and Profound”
Interviewer: Describe your routine when conceiving of a book and its plot, before the writing begins.
Gary Shteyngart: I’ll read something by a better writer, and I’ll be, like, “Hmm, what if I made this, you know, more Russian?”
From this interview in the Daily Beast, which mostly isn’t taken very seriously.
My Writing Elsewhere: History’s Best Love Letters
Nothing brings out the eloquence of writers and laymen alike the way love does, as evidenced by the epistolary proclamations excerpted in the new book Love Letters, which I covered in this piece for The Daily Beast. It’s as close as you’ll see me getting to celebrating Valentine’s Day!
'Love Letters' Anthologizes 2,000 Years of Passion Put to Paper (The Daily Beast).