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Tony Tulathimutte is one of the sharpest fiction writers working today. His debut novel, Private Citizens, is merciless—if also very funny—in its treatment of four Stanford grads living in San Francisco in the late aughts, fat with privilege but starved of sense. Called the millennial “great American novel,” it was also praised recently by Jonathan Franzen, who called Tulathimutte “a big talent.” It’s not hard to agree. How did you become the writer you are? Sixteen...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...
Novelist Tony Tulathimutte sits at the back of the West Brooklyn, a coffee shop-slash-bar a few blocks south of the Metropolitan-Lorimer stop. It’s the sort of place that he might archly describe in his writing: all perfectly weathered wood and bare lightbulbs in construction-site cages, complete with a little to-go window (the sign, hand-lettered) opening onto the sidewalk. It’s early evening on a Friday—we both get beers. “I’m teaching two fiction writing workshops for Sackett...

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