maximum suffering

Gary Shteyngart’s interview at the New York Times is pretty cute.

  • I start reading at 4 p.m. and continue way into cocktail hour, which begins at 4:30.
  • I like stories where people suffer a lot. If there’s no suffering, I kind of tune out.
  • Russia is a nightmarish authoritarian state, which is always good for some laughs. Satire always benefits when evil and stupidity collide.
  • It’s important to talk to your books to remind them they still matter.
  • Every time I see a writer crying on the streets of Brooklyn, I give her a hug and nine bucks for a latte at Connecticut Muffin. We’re all in this together.
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