Gary Shteyngart

‘Little Failure’ Makes Good

Editor And Publisher

Every great writer has an inspiration. Gary Shteyngart, whose novels combining hilarity and poignancy in describing the immigrant experience for Russian-born Americans have won him critical acclaim and a large readership, says he was first motivated by cheese.

Gary Shteyngart, with Jonathan Safran Foer. Hello Video and Photo Studio

Oct. 22: Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer

One bearded Jewish novelist talks to another about life and stuff. In partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Who:  Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer
What:  Talking writing, life and the writing life
Where:  The Great Hall at Cooper Union
When:  Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Why:  One wrote Little Failure; the other Everything Is Illuminated.

Gary Shteyngart

Battle Hymn of the Asian-Jewish Power Couple

This summer novelist Gary Shteyngart told New York Magazine that he is engaged to a Korean-American woman. (Sadly, when I e-mailed him, playing up our shared alma mater Oberlin  and hoping to feature him in a column, he declined to be interviewed, writing “I'm totally down with intermarriage and would love to talk about it, but my fiancee is very publicity-shy and I swore not to bring her into any media light.”)

Soon after, the New Yorker reported that Facebook Emperor Mark Zuckerberg is expected to marry Priscilla Chan, a Chinese-American medical student.
And then Tiger Mom Amy Chua jumped into the media spotlight, with Jewish hubby Jed Rubenfeld and their bat mitzvahed, sleepover-deprived daughters Sophia and Lulu in tow.

Funny Girls

Three Jewish women humorists bring light and lightness to the end of 2010.
Jewish Week Book Critic

This was a year of growth for the e-book and flourishing for the Jewish American novel, with fine new fiction across the generations.

Judith Viorst and Nora Ephron offer up new memories and life stories in their end-of-year memoirs.

What Do Gary Shteyngart, Chelsea Clinton and Steven "Intermarriage Sucks" Cohen Have In Common?

 I have been greatly remiss in my blogging duties this week, due to writing four articles (and editing countless more) for an upcoming Jewish Week special section on education.

I do hope you all managed to find something to read in my absence — perhaps even a book or something radical like that! The demise of old-fashioned printed media is on my mind these days not just because I’m a journalist but also because I’m in the middle of the about-to-be-intermarried Gary Shteyngart’s fabulous “Super Sad True Love Story,” which, in addition to satirizing virtually every aspect of our tech-obsessed modern American lives, features a romance between a Russian-American Jew and a Korean-American Christian.

Outsider Art, From An Insider

Gary Shteyngart is still training his satiric gaze on the immigrant experience, Jewish and otherwise.
Staff Writer

‘I don’t feel any need to disassociate with Jews,” said Gary Shteyngart, the phenomenally popular 38-year-old writer whose third novel, “Super Sad True Love Story,” released last week, is chock full of them.

Gary Shteyngart
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