Quotes by: Gary Shteyngart

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Gary Shteyngart
Gary Shteyngart at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Born Igor Shteyngart[1]
(1972-07-05) July 5, 1972 (age 44)[2]
Leningrad, USSR
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States
Spouse Esther Won

That's what I always liked about science fiction - you can make the world end. Humour is my multiple warhead delivery system.
Gary Shteyngart
In America, everyone writes but no one reads. Everyone's writing all day long - sending emails, tweets, text messages; they all think they're James Cameron's Avatar, performing in some video game for which they make up the script.
Gary Shteyngart
Good fiction makes me turn off all the other parts of my brain, so that I become quiet and submissive, entirely at the mercy of the work at hand.
Gary Shteyngart
You want to read a book? That requires introspection. It requires time away from people and time away from the constant need to communicate and to connect.
Gary Shteyngart
Without humor, I cannot go on and I doubt many of my readers would go on either. Humor is so important. I am here to have fun here with my work.
Gary Shteyngart
I love things on the decline because that's really the natural progression of our lives. We're born, we're feisty for the first couple of years, and then the inevitable decline begins.
Gary Shteyngart
A lot of the ways of advertising a book - the cover, whether somebody sees it on a subway or sees it in a bookstore - those things are going to rapidly diminish as we move to an electronic model.
Gary Shteyngart
I think what will happen is that fiction will become more like poetry. As in, the only people who read it will write it.
Gary Shteyngart
I like the map feature on the iPhone that tells me where I am, because I travel a lot.
Gary Shteyngart
I just want fiction to remain a vital force for entertainment and not just for contemplation. Both things can exist.
Gary Shteyngart
When civilization takes a nose dive, how can you look away? You've got to be there. You've got to be at the bottom of the swimming pool taking notes.
Gary Shteyngart
If I still lived in Russia, I'd be dead... or a really effective oligarch.
Gary Shteyngart
Communications devices were always used to effect change, to effect revolution. Telephone, telegraph - these all seemed like very big enhancements at the time.
Gary Shteyngart
I'd love to have a 19th Century Russian book club where all the members had to act like the pretentious minor noblemen they were reading about.
Gary Shteyngart
I was very, very sick when I was growing up in Russia. The ambulance constantly came to our house. I had horrible asthma that is easily treated in America, but they didn't even have inhalers back in Russia.
Gary Shteyngart
I always think that good writers should be growing up on the brink of death - it really lets them see mortality very clearly.
Gary Shteyngart
I write almost entirely in bed or on a couch with my feet up on the coffee table. I feel most creative when I'm looking out the window, and my bed and couch have nice views of the New York skyline.
Gary Shteyngart
I love Paul Giamatti - God, that man is like a walking Chekhov. His connection to humanity is unbelievable, and those feelings of low self-esteem - the way that all comes together on the screen? Delicious.
Gary Shteyngart
In a strange way, I expected Russia to become more like America since the Soviet Union collapsed, but the reverse is true. America has become more like Russia: a kleptocratic society.
Gary Shteyngart
I read real books. On paper. You know, those printed books? I feel like this is the last thing I do to support my industry. I think they smell great, too.
Gary Shteyngart
I took an acting class with Louise Lasser, Woody Allen's first wife and co-star in many movies. I've done some other indie films, if you look on the YouTube. I love acting - it's great.
Gary Shteyngart
I have a love/hate relationship with just about everything, but certainly with America.
Gary Shteyngart
Silence has been destroyed, but also the idea that it's important to learn how another person thinks, to enter the mind of another person. The whole idea of empathy is gone. We are now part of this giant machine where every second we have to take out a device and contribute our thoughts and opinions.
Gary Shteyngart
The best thing about the iPhone is this that tells me where I am all the time. There's never a need to feel lost anymore.
Gary Shteyngart
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