Life Stories: An Interview With Gary Shteyngart, Author Of "Little Failure"
The author talks about growing up in Russia and New York city, nicknames, and his new memoir, Little Failure.
On the Life Stories podcast (available on iTunes), memoir writers talk about their lives and the art of writing memoir. Recently, Gary Shteyngart came on to talk about Little Failure, where the acclaimed novelist writes candidly about his Russian childhood, emigrating to New York City in the 1980s and becoming a Reaganite youth, then a stoner whose college nickname, based on the depth and breadth of his substance consumption, was "Scary Gary," until a close friend finally convinced him to clean up his act in his late twenties.
Below are some highlights from that conversation — the entirety of which you can listen to right here: