Gary Shteyngart


Gary Shteyngart appears in the following:

The Modern Workplace Portrayed Through Art

Friday, October 27, 2017

Exploring the minutiae and the meaning of the modern workplace through writing. 


Gary Shteyngart’s Super Funny Scary Future

Thursday, September 22, 2016

In “Super Sad True Love Story,” Gary Shteyngart imagines a dystopian world that’s frighteningly familiar.


2016 Election Revives Russian Paranoia

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A number of incidents have raised questions about the Kremlin's influence in the 2016 election.

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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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Pick Three: Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Author Gary Shteyngart shares a playlist inspired by his comic memoir, Little Failure

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Gary Shteyngart Picks Three; Real Estate Unveils New Songs, Live In The Studio

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with Gary Shteyngart who shares a Pick Three playlist of songs with connections to Leningrad, Queens and, of all things, ABBA. Real Estate. He also discusses his comic memoir, Little Failure, which recounts his family’s life in the Soviet Union – and their eventual move to New York in 1979.

Then, a couple more modern day Russian pop music picks from Sasha Kondukov, editor in chief of Rolling Stone's Russia edition.

And, Real Estate returns to the Soundcheck studio with an exclusive debut of new songs from Atlas, the band's forthcoming third album.


A Literary Walkabout in Gary Shteyngart's Queens

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It was at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens that he first made his public debut as a writer. We do a walk and talk through some of his favorite neighborhood haunts.


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. 


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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Video: Questions for Gary Shteyngart

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Novelist Gary Shteyngart admits he has no hope for the future and has an unfortunate sense of humor (but he's still very funny).


January's Book: Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our first book club pick of 2012 is Gary Shteyngart’s novel, Absurdistan. It tells the story of Misha Vainberg, a young Russian immigrant whose hopes of a U.S. visa are dashed by his father. Forced to leave New York, Misha moves to Absurdistan, a tiny, oil-rich nation where he finds, among other things, civil war, corruption, and love. Get your copy today and start reading this slapstick satire, which the New York Times named one of the 10 best books of 2006!

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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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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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Gary Shteyngart on His 'Super Sad True Love Story'

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gary Shteyngart has been at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, is one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and was just recently selected for the New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list. We talk with him about his new book, “Super Sad True Love Story.”


Guest Picks: Gary Shteyngart

Monday, July 26, 2010

Find out about some of Gary Shteyngart's favorite picks after appearing on The Leonard Lopate Show.


Gary Shteyngart and his Super Sad True Love Story

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gary Shteyngart talks about his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story. Set in New York in the near future, when a functionally illiterate America is on the verge of collapse, it tells the story of Lenny Abramov. Lenny loves books, despite the fact that nobody reads anymore, and printed books are viewed as artifacts of a lost world.

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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 ...



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 ...