This past March, I was lucky enough to see the novelists Téa Obreht and Gary Shteyngart read as part of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Before the night of the reading, I stumbled upon this hilarious “book trailer” promoting Super Sad True Love Story, Shteyngart’s latest novel. It’s shot in great mock-umentary style. The running joke of the trailer is that, despite his literary success, Shteyngart remains completely illiterate, barely even possessing the ability to speak. As Jeffrey Eugenides says in the video, “Gary has managed to escape the anxiety of influence by the sheer fact that he has never read a word.” Mary Gaitskill, Jay McInerney, Edmund White, and James Franco also appear. Enjoy.
Edward S. Garza
PS: I particularly enjoy the “were-bears” moment at about 2:40.