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Sam Lipsyte is the author of "Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, "and" The Ask, "the latter two "New York Times" Notable Books, and, most recently, "The Fun Parts." He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Lipsyte . . . may be the most consistently funny fiction writer working today. Satire is second nature to him. "Bryan Walsh, TIME" [Lipsyte] can't be matched . . . Read ["The Fun Parts"] with "The Ask" if you really want to know how a mordant jokester with a madman's imagination became a literary rock star. "Janet Maslin, The New York Times" [Lipsyte] is producing some of the purest social satire written today. "Matthew Love, Time Out New York" Lipsyte expertly works the line between hilarity and pathos. "Ben Fountain, The New York Times Book Review" In this second story collection, fierce satire mingles with warmth and pathos as Lipsyte ("The Ask") showcases his knack for stylistic variety and tangles with the thorny human experiences of moving beyond one's past or shedding one's personal baggage . . . Lipsyte's biting humor suffuses the collection, but it's his ability to control the relative darkness of each moment that makes the stories so engrossing. "Publishers' Weekly (starred review)""