This piece features references to books by Margaret Atwood, Ernest Cline, and Gary Shteyngart.
On this special episode of the podcast, Pamela Paul, Sam Tanenhaus, Dwight Garner and Gary Shteyngart discuss the history of the show, which started in 2006.
“And then I looked at the empty seat next to me and it dawned on me. My seatmate for the next six hours was going to be the man whose hair style I had tried to copy through most of high school, with much hair mousse and little success. The man I wanted to be […]
It has been announced that Ben Stiller’s series adaptation of Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story has been picked up by Showtime, with Stiller set to direct. …Read More
Almost a year ago, we reported that Ben Stiller was planning to executive produce and direct a TV adaptation of Gary Shteyngart’s 2010 novel Super Sad True Love Story. No networks and no cast members were attached at the time, but now—finally—Stiller can at least check off one of those boxes. Show More Summary
Jaron Lanier, Astra Taylor, Douglas Rushkoff – even Gary Shteyngart and Pope Francis. They and their fellows are “unhappy about the way the tech revolution has played out. Political progressives once embraced the utopian promise of the Internet as a democratizing force, but they’ve been dismayed by the rise of the ‘surveillance state,’ and the […]
Gary Shteyngart: “‘I’ll look at a first sentence [of a galley], I’ll look at the cover and it just comes to me,’ he says. ‘Reading randomly from a book is also very helpful. Sometimes I try to read further — but you know, how far can you get? Does anyone even read these books anymore?’ […]
Some pretty important people have already blurbed Sloane Crosley's upcoming novel, The Clasp. Gary Shteyngart said that it was one of those "rare deeply literary books that also features — a plot!" and Michael Chabon said he fell "so completely under the spell of its narrative tone." In Vulture's exclusive... More »
Junot Díaz, Gary Shteyngart, Nell Zink, Sloane Crosley, Tayari Jones, and John Scalzi recount memorable encounters.
In “Super Sad True Love Story,” Gary Shteyngart’s novel set in a social-media dystopia, each person is publicly assigned a “fuckability” score, determined by various algorithms. Lulu, an app founded in 2013, is the closest anyone has come, so far, to making Shteyngart’s vision come true. Show More Summary
Thirlwell: “In [my novels] Politics and The Escape, these grand themes of history and politics were mischievously seen as equivalent to more apparently minor problems like sleeping arrangements in a threesome, or premature ejaculation. Shteyngart: “But premature ejaculation and politics intersect quite a bit.” Thirlwell: “Well that’s certainly true.”
As Thirlwell's "Lurid & Cute" arrives, two of our most vibrant novelists talk sex, violence, Hollywood and politics
The novelist Gary Shteyngart rolls down a wet West 52 nd Street and swings into a brashly lacquered piano bar called the Russian Vodka Room. It’s a bit after 6 on the first Saturday night of 2014. Eastern Orthodox Christmas is two days off, so he’s settling in at a bar festooned with white bunting and silver tinsel. Show More Summary
Readers debated the merits of Gary Shteyngart’s cushy yet torturous immersion in Russian TV.
“Here is the question I’m trying to answer: What will happen to me – an Americanized Russian-speaking novelist who emigrated from the Soviet Union as a child – if I let myself float into the television-filtered head space of my former countrymen? Will I learn to love Putin as 85 percent of Russians profess to […]
Fire up your apparats, everyone. Ben Stiller may end up executive-producing a small screen adaptation of Gary Shteyngart’s 2010 hit Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart’s acclaimed book—which narrates the sweet and melancholy courtship...Show More Summary
Ben Stiller has signed on to executive produce and direct a television adaptation of "Super Sad True Love Story" by Gary Shteyngart, according to Deadline. The 2010 novel was a bestseller the Los Angeles Times found to be "hilarious and sad."
Get ready to start checking out the "Fuckability" index of some seriously depressed TV characters. Gary Shteyngart's depressing, hilarious book Super Sad True Love Story is going to be a TV series — with Ben Stiller executive-producing, and directing a bunch of episodes. Read more...
For independent studio Media Rights Capital, the drama is based on the best-seller by Gary Shteyngart. read more
Ben Stiller is attached to executive produce and direct multiple episodes of Super Sad True Love Story, an hourlong dramedy in the works at MRC. The project, based on the novel by Gary Shteyngart, is currently casting and has not been set up at a network yet. Show More Summary