Selected Shorts: Nora Ephron and Nathan Englander at Symphony Space tonight!
Here’s an interview with Englander by Jason Diamond for Capital New York:
Unlike the Midwestern Gen-Xers at loose ends who populate Franzen’s work, or the eccentric immigrants in Gary Shteyngart’s fiction, Englander fits the mold as his generation’s New York Jewish storyteller, heir to Roth or Bellow, using Jewish characters and milieus in the way Updike played with WASP ones. When I mentioned this to him, he noted that he prefers a more simple designation, “It took me a long time to see that I’m just telling my stories,” he said. “Jews with pride will say you’re a Jewish writer. Then a gentile would say you’re a Jewish writer, but it’s not fucking genre fiction.”