Etgar Keret, "One Gram Short" (trans. Nathan Englander)
It’s December 10. Etgar Keret, author of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, knows a guy who knows a guy.
How would you describe your story?
ETGAR KERET: A story about a young hipster living in a bubble and how his quest for love makes that bubble burst.
When did you write it, and how did the writing process compare to your other work?
EK: I wrote it after witnessing a very lame and heartbreaking attempt by a young hipster to have some small talk with a waitress he seemed to have a crush on in my neighbourhood café.
What kind of research went into this story?
EK: Smoking a joint counts as a research?
What, to you, makes the short story a special form? What can it do that other kinds of writing can't?
EK: The short story is, for me, the most intuitive form of narrative expression.
When you meet a friend in the street, you don’t tell him a novel or recite to him a poem. You tell him a story.
Where should people go to learn more about you and your work?
EK: My website etgarkeret.com would be a good place to start.
What's the best gift you've ever been given?
EK: When I was five I got a beautiful piggy bank. I refused to put coins in him but we became real good friends.
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