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Gary Shteyngart Answers Questions

Getting ready for Dawn 2010

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Novelist Gary Shteyngart.(Wikipedia)

Gary Shteyngart, whose third novel, Super Sad True Love Story, comes out in July, will be among the presenters at Dawn 2010, the Tablet-sponsored late-night cultural arts festival going down in honor of Shavuot on the evening of Saturday, May 15 in San Francisco. Specifically, he’ll be interviewed by Editor-in-Chief Alana Newhouse.

So, Mr. Shteyngart, what exactly will you be doing?

Alana Newhouse will be talking with me about stuff. Very exciting. I heart Alana very much. She threw me a book party for my last novel-type thing, Absurdistan, and it blew the roof off a bar in downtown Manhattan. Many were hurt.

Have you ever stayed up all night on Shavuot to study before?

Shavuot, which one is that? Temple burned? Temple rebuilt? Exile in Babylon? Return from Babylon? I guess the answer is no, I’ve never stayed up to study.

First time for everything. What are you most looking forward to at Dawn?

I’m looking forward to SF, specifically the jiggling beef dish in that Vietnamese place in the Ferry Building. A Shavuot tradition.

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Garry Kohls says:

I don’t like Gary Shteyngart nor his books. He is a wise guy and not a serious artist.

shriber says:

I am currently reading Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story and I agree with Kohls’ comment.

The guy is overrated. He is no Philip Roth he is not even Leny Bruce. His writing denotes the sad end of prose fiction.

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Gary Shteyngart Answers Questions

Getting ready for Dawn 2010

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