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Posts Tagged ‘Mary Gaitskill’

James Franco Cameo in Gary Shteyngart Book Trailer

Author and actor James Franco makes a cameo in the book trailer for Gary Shteyngart‘s upcoming novel, Super Sad True Love Story.

The trailer also includes cameos from authors Edmund White and Mary Gaitskill–taking a peek at his work with MFA students as well. What do you think? Will cameos be the next big trend in book trailers?

Here’s more from the site: “The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.”

Earlier this year, we wrote about Shteyngart’s eBook dystopia. (Via Vulture)

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Jonathan Safran Foer on Eating Animal Products

9780316069908_94X145-1.jpgAs another Monday winds down, here are some odds and ends from the day’s publishing news…

Next week, Mary Gaitskill, Eric Bogosian, John Turturro, and others will read from stories written by inmates for PEN’s Prison Writing Program.

Author Stephen Fry defended Twitter and the Internets in a video interview about a generation of kids growing up online.

In a True Slant interview about “Eating Animals,” Jonathan Safran Foer talked about his move from vegetarianism to a vegan lifestyle: “my basic stance on the issue is, I’d say, forgiving–but still quite firm. I am transitioning to veganism, and I don’t like, run home and eat 1,000 eggs or something.”

Paul Auster talked about a time when all aspiring poets wanted to start their own magazines.

Beating the annual listmakers by a month, Amazon.com unveiled the Best Books of 2009.

Mary Gaitskill’s Real Life GalleyCat

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Over at The Awl, editor Choire Sicha has turned a new essay by Mary Gaitskill into an emotional contest that the cat-lovers in the GalleyCat audience can appreciate.

Here’s an excerpt: “Lots of people are playing a little game this week–you can play along at home, it’s easy! The game is called: On Which Page Of Mary Gaitskill’s Nutty Memoir About Her Lost Cat And Everything Else Will You Start Weeping? It’s not a fun game but here we are in the hot lonely wasteland of the end of August, so what else do we have?”

Published in Granta 107, the intensely personal essay focuses on Gaitskill’s obsessive quest to find her missing cat–an unexpectedly gripping story. As Sicha’s sideways compliment attests, the essay has managed to rattle readers, turning the warm and fuzzy pet memoir genre upside down in the process.