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“Humor is the intercontinental ballistic missile, and tragedy is the payload.”

-Gary Shteyngart

A doff of the cap to Word Bookstore in Jersey City for hosting my favorite Russian-American human.

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Literary Readings

My Review of "Little Failure"

A fictional (but entirely plausible) exchange:

Random Bibliophile: “So tell me, have you read… Shteyngart?” (Fill these three dots with a long silence, as random bibliophile either struggles to pronounce ‘Shteyngart’ or pauses briefly to emphasize he is cultured enough to flawlessly pronounce ‘Shteyngart.’) 637 more words



When people need to make decisions about tools or skills or behaviors, they tend to “default” to one of several modes: do what society and/or their peers are doing, do what’s most familiar, or do what’s most convenient. 627 more words



I enjoyed Gary Shteyngart’s reading and talk at the Chicago Humanities Festival last night. Here are my sketches of him and Alison Cuddy.


Super Sad True Love Story: The Sound of Silence Is Getting Louder

Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story receives two thumbs up from this college gal majoring in English for its brilliant, funny, and super sad glimpse into the “near future.” Super sad? 983 more words


Gary Shteyngart Reading, Albright Knox Art Gallery

The highlight of the Buffalo Humanities Festival was the reading and on-stage interview (with David Schmid) of the very funny and engaging Gary Shteyngart. Shteyngart read from his memoir,  10 more words