20 July 2010

"Dude, did you read the last Turgenev? It's so sick. This dude is like all over the subject of love and serfdom."

Gary Shteyngart's coming out with a new book, Super Sad True Love Story, and during an interview for the NYTimes, proceeded to say some pithy things about Fox News (Fox Liberty Ultra,) the state of literacy in this country, his own path to author-dom, and see-through jeans.

"'Why do you think you write about the present when so many novelists are immersed in the past?'
'How could one not write about today? It’s so fascinating. When civilization takes a nose dive, how can you look away? You’ve got to be there. You’ve got to be at the bottom of the swimming pool taking notes.'"

I loved The Russian Debutante's Handbook, appreciated Absurdistan, and am really looking forward to this next one. He's a funny one, similar in writing style, in my opinion, to Vonnegut and Tom Robbins.

Oh god, okay. Here's an interview he did for the first print issue of Gigantic magazine about meats. It's called On Meat Over Meat: Dinner with Gary Shteyngart by James Yeh. It's literally all about meat products. Enjoy!