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Shteyngart and J. Cohen Imagine the Future

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This week, Vox Tablet invites listeners to consider some unconventional summer reading. Gary Shteyngart and Joshua Cohen have both come out with new novels that paint a very dark picture of the future… Read On

Rabbi Harvey Interviews Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Rabbi Harvey interviews Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) for here.

And, check out the trailer for Super Sad True Love Story below…we heart you Gary S.

Gary Shteyngart writes fiction for The New Yorker

Monday, June 14, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Among his many other achievements, Gary Shteyngart was just named one of The New Yorker‘s 20 under 40 fiction writers. Check out his story submission here:


Lucky diary! Undeserving diary! From this day forward, you will travel on the greatest adventure yet undertaken by a nervous, average man sixty-nine inches in height, a hundred and sixty pounds in heft, with a slightly dangerous body-mass index of 23.6. From this day forward, you will join me on the journey toward immortality. Why “from this day forward”? Because yesterday I met Eunice Park, and she will sustain me forever. Continue reading.

And, stay tuned for his newest novel, Super Sad True Love Story, in late July.

Gary Shteyngart: Before He Made It

Friday, May 14, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Gary Shteyngart (photo by Mark Coggins from San Francisco)

Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) interview with “The Days of Yore,” a blog that interviews artists about the years before they had money, fame, or road maps to success…

What were those five years of work like between graduating from Oberlin College and getting a book contract?

I always tell my students to find a non-profit job because non-profit means that there is no bottom line! Or some kind of municipal job. You want to work 9-5, so that when the day is over it’s over and the weekends are yours. And the best thing, which I had at a couple of jobs, is when you can lock yourself in your office and write. People would say, “Oh Shteyngart is not a team player, he is always locked in his office, God knows what he is doing in there!” I used to work at this non-profit that dealt with immigrant resettlement and I would help write directions for new Russian immigrants, like how to not get drunk, how to avoid AIDS, stuff like that. That took max a couple of days a month, really. And the rest of the time I would lock myself in my office and work on the draft of my first novel. Half of it was finished by my senior year in college and the other half was finished working that job. It wasn’t the kind of service job where I would come home exhausted. I would come home ready to write or would have accomplished the writing at the office. It was brilliant.

Read the full interview here.