(Eric Molinsky)

In tomorrow’s podcast, Vox Tablet brings you a conversation among editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse and the authors of two of our favorite summer novels, contributing editors Gary Shteyngart and Joshua Cohen. Though stylistically quite different, Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story and Cohen’s Witz both offer dystopic visions of the future in which the things they love, whether literature and passion (Shteyngart) or rigorous Jewish life and thought (Cohen), are on the verge of extinction. Their wide-ranging discussion, conducted over drinks and smoked fish at a down-on-its-heels Brighton Beach establishment on a sweltering summer day, covers such topics as the pending collapse of the U.S. empire, rhinoplasty, crucifixion, and, here, Shteyngart’s declaration that if we all get is some delicious fish to eat and a few other material pleasures, well, that would be enough:

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