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Gary Shteyngart

The Leonard Lopate Show

Learning to Be Bored With Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The WNYC podcast New Tech City is taking on a big new project to get people to rethink their relationship with technology. They call it Bored and Brilliant.

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Selected Shorts

Gary Shteyngart Talks with Hannah Tinti

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gary Shteyngart spoke with SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti about how food helped link him to America, about his writing, and the making of his memoir Little Failure, for the SELECTED SHORTS program “Wish Fulfillment,” hosted by Parker Posey.

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Selected Shorts

Sixty-Nine Cent Hamburger

Friday, April 25, 2014

This reading by Alex Karpovsky of Gary Shteyngart’s “Sixty-Nine Cents” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Wish Fulfillment,” hosted by Parker Posey.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Wish Fulfillment

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gary Shteyngart's hamburger obsession, and flying carpets.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Gary Shteyngart was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his memoir, Little Failure. He told us about his love of the Capybara, which we had never heard of, and his favorite, very Russian-sounding comfort food. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gary Shteyngart Tells a Brezhnev Joke

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Novelist Gary Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience and family history in Little Failure: A Memoir. Born Igor Shteyngart in Leningrad during the waning days of the Soviet Union, he immigrated with his parents in the late 1970s after President Carter made a deal to trade grain for Soviet Jews. Small and asthmatic, he became the second most hated boy in his Queens Hebrew school. He talks about his earliest stories, which his grandmother rewarded for with cheese, makes Leonard laugh with an old joke about Brezhnev, and admits that writing a memoir was a challenge because all writers are liars. 

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Wishing and Wanting

Friday, July 26, 2013

Come dine at our place.  Gary Shteyngart tells Hannah Tinti why the McDonald's hamburger was an aerodynamic marvel in his youth.  "Girls" star Alex Karpovsky reads his "Sixty-Nine Cents", and Willem Dafoe makes his SHORTS debut performing an Etgar Keret story.  Parker Posey hosts.

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Talk to Me

Rushdie Talk on Censorship Wraps Up PEN Festival

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The 2012 PEN World Voices Festival ended with a talk about censorship at the Cooper Union by novelist Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses). Listen to and download Rushdie's 17-minute Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.

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Studio 360

Ken Kesey’s Magic Trip and Extreme Tango

Friday, August 12, 2011

This week Kurt Andersen talks with Alex Gibney, whose new documentary follows Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters on the road trip that launched the psychedelic 1960s. Then we ride the economic roller coaster with novelist Gary Shteyngart. His novel Super Sad True Love Story imagined a debt crisis that ...

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Studio 360

Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Financial Story

Friday, August 12, 2011

The sickening ups and downs of the debt ceiling crisis are feeding worries that American politics and the economy are unraveling. For the novelist Gary Shteyngart, it all sounds very familiar: “I’ll turn on the news, I’ll vomit from nervousness and then I’ll wipe my chin and say ‘Oh, you know ...

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Features

"I Like Kale": Questions for Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gary Shteyngart says the characters in his new novel "Super Sad True Love Story" are the first ones he has written that he has really loved. The novel is set in the near future, which for Shteyngart is the easiest thing to write about. "To write about the present now is impossible," he says. 

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Studio 360

Super Sad True Love Story

Friday, July 30, 2010

Gary Shteyngart set his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, in a dystopian, not-too-distant future where books are passé and social media reigns supreme — just like the present, only worse. Shteyngart tells Kurt how the reality of America's decline ended up outpacing his fiction ...

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Studio 360

Gary Shteyngart & Amanda Palmer

Friday, July 30, 2010

Kurt Andersen talks to Gary Shteyngart about his new novel Super Sad True Love Story. It's a dystopian, social media-plagued epic that reads like a hilarious 1984. An 11-year-old from Rhode Island becomes an international pop star by continuing the musical traditions of his Cape Verdean heritage. And Amanda Palmer of the band Dresden Dolls plays Radiohead songs on a ukulele, live in our studio.

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Talk to Me

Talk To Me: Gary Shteyngart's Spiel

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Russian-born satirical writer Gary Shteyngart explains his approach to writing "at a time when evil and stupidity collide."

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Studio 360

Absurdistan

Friday, January 19, 2007

Novels about "the immigrant experience" are usually sentimental tales of pluck and dignity. Gary Shteyngart's Absurdistan is not one of those novels. The hero of the book is a 300 pound Russian named Misha Vainberg who boasts that he has a huge fancy loft ...

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Studio 360

Shteyngart, Paper, Germano

Friday, January 19, 2007

This week in Studio 360, Gary Shteyngart, author of the novel Absurdistan, talks about his grotesque and hilarious take on immigrant life in America. The Wall Street Journal changes its format in favor of tall and skinny. A poet inspires a messy attempt at home paper-making. And we’ll hear musical offerings from the grandfather of indie-rock, Lee Hazlewood, as well as one of his younger admirers, the beautifully melancholic singer-songwriter Lisa Germano.

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Studio 360

Absurdistan

Friday, July 28, 2006

Novels about "the immigrant experience" are usually sentimental tales of pluck and dignity. Gary Shteyngart's Absurdistan is not one of those novels. The hero of the book is a 300 pound Russian named Misha Vainberg who boasts that he has huge loft apartment in Manhattan and a ...

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