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Feb 20, 2012
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Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

My friend Hawk asked me what I thought of this book, and I said that, hey, any book that gets me to literally LOL more than a few times gets a thumbs up from me.

Loved this funny response when The Paris Review asked about the diary/texts format of the book:


  Well, you know, it’s sort of hard to read an entire book cover to cover these days. Most people just don’t come with the same equipment that we used to have. When they look at a book they think, “Oh my God, it’s so many pages! What am I going to do? How will I ever get through this?” So, you’ll notice the cover of this book is very flashy—it’s almost like you want to press parts of it, hoping that something will pop up. So, the insides of the book—the “text” you would call it—have the same kind of approach to it. Everything is mixed up, and different stuff comes at you at different speeds. Just as the reader is about to fall asleep with one kind of format, all of the sudden it changes.


Lots of “real love for our old dear friend, the sentence” as Shteyngart writes in the acknowledgments, and a surprising number of Whitney Houston references! And, let’s not forget, a great book trailer, which I ripped off (dachshund!) for Steal Like An Artist.

See also: his Fresh Air interview with an excerpt from the book.

Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

My friend Hawk asked me what I thought of this book, and I said that, hey, any book that gets me to literally LOL more than a few times gets a thumbs up from me.

Loved this funny response when The Paris Review asked about the diary/texts format of the book:

Well, you know, it’s sort of hard to read an entire book cover to cover these days. Most people just don’t come with the same equipment that we used to have. When they look at a book they think, “Oh my God, it’s so many pages! What am I going to do? How will I ever get through this?” So, you’ll notice the cover of this book is very flashy—it’s almost like you want to press parts of it, hoping that something will pop up. So, the insides of the book—the “text” you would call it—have the same kind of approach to it. Everything is mixed up, and different stuff comes at you at different speeds. Just as the reader is about to fall asleep with one kind of format, all of the sudden it changes.

Lots of “real love for our old dear friend, the sentence” as Shteyngart writes in the acknowledgments, and a surprising number of Whitney Houston references! And, let’s not forget, a great book trailer, which I ripped off (dachshund!) for Steal Like An Artist.

See also: his Fresh Air interview with an excerpt from the book.

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    current read. okay so it’s required but i still love it (so far!)
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    Read this now and it’s lol 4 realz
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