Novelist Sam Lipsyte reads from The Ask at the Russian Samovar as a part of the FSG Reading Series.
The Ask is a burst of genius by a young American master who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones.
Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear author Sam Lipsyte read from his novel The Ask. Milo Burke—husband, father, development officer at a third-tier university—has just joined the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is relieved to get another chance from his former boss. All he has to do is reel in a potential donor who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement.
Writer Sam Lipsyte’s pitch-black comedies - like the acclaimed 2010 novel “The Ask” - are filled with lovable lowlifes and schemers. His new short story collection “The Fun Parts” carries on the tradition - with punchlines and gut-punches flying fast and furious. Today we overhear an excerpt from the story “The Republic of Empathy” about the joys of parenting. (It has been edited for time.)
Michael Silverblatt ask Sam to read from "Nate's Pain Is Nowl"
Lipsyte’s first novel. The author losing his mother, and making fiction. (Backyard flowers, birds.)