New novel HARK by writing hero & friend Sam Lipsyte (drops Jan. 2019). Gonzo, hilarious, & tender too. Marc Maron was raving about this book & will have Sam as guest on WTF podcast - should be some sweet razzle dazzle.
Happy to see Gork at NYCC - the little dragon that could
Got to celebrate Tracy K. Smith’s soaring new poetry collection WADE IN THE WATER last night at NYU. As U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy will appear in town near you—go see this amazing woman who turns words into American treasure. She’s been my writing hero, colleague, & dear friend for 15 years.
Gork is really having a moment in Germany
One of the smartest, most creative & gifted writers I know is @theghostworld in Seoul - dear friend & former student. Thanks for uplifting dinner & convo, M. And much luv to all my former students turned rockstars from Yonsei/UIC. Maybe not everybody knows what we made together during those years in Seoul—how we built that program from nothing and changed all of our lives in the process—but we know—and that’s enough. Thanks for embracing me right from the start & for leading the way with your courage & heart.
While out celebrating Gary Shteyngart’s beautiful new novel LAKE SUCCESS some joker glued our heads together. Go see this wonderful man as he travels around the country - bringing his book to a city near you. He’s super humane, super witty, & the friend who’ll let you crash on his couch when things get funky.
Just binged this bonkers great story collection NOTES FROM THE FOG by Ben Marcus—sorta JG Ballard crossed with Twilight Zone plus weirdly funny & soulful. This guy was my 1st teacher at UT-Austin 20+ years ago & helped me become a writer (don’t hold that against him). Love this new book.