“[Fuses] angst and slapstick in a way unseen since Nathanael West walked the earth. Lipsyte’s like a darker, funnier George Saunders, but not without that same core of warmth or kindness.”—Esquire
“Lipsyte is a brilliant wordsmith, and evidence of his skill is plentiful in this book, even more, arguably, than in his earlier works....Exquisite.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Lipsyte’s sentences are exhilarating in the way only truly desperate things can be, a perfect soundtrack to our exhausted, entropic times.”—The Boston Globe
“Lipsyte has cultivated a sensitivity to the ways that economic swings and social uncertainty make desperados of us all....Downright transformative. Modern scribes of satire: Meet your Bucky Schmidt.”—Slate
“Sublime mayhem...Lipsyte expertly works the line between hilarity and pathos.”—Ben Fountain, The New York Times Book Review
“Lipsyte can’t be matched...A literary rock star.”—The New York Times
“In this second story collection, fierce satire mingles with warmth and pathos as Lipsyte (The Ask) showcases his knack for stylistic variety and tangles with the thorny human experiences of moving beyond one’s past or shedding one’s personal baggage...Lipsyte’s biting humor suffuses the collection, but it’s his ability to control the relative darkness of each moment that makes the stories so engrossing.”—Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)
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Authors and Editors in Conversation Eric Chinski: In The Fun Parts you're returning to short stories after publishing a novel, The Ask....
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'The Fun Parts,' by Sam Lipsyte - SFGate
ccording to Lipsyte, "Sad and Funny are both the world and how we withstand it," and nowhere is this more powerfully felt than in the fictional worlds he evokes. The author's latest work, a collection of short stories called "The Fun Parts," is populated by a motley cast of characters, all of them social misfits and at least a few downright creepy. Who's going to teach the boy to make faces, he wonders as he curls up next to the boy's crib, eyeing the moon through the window and readin
- San Francisco Chronicle
Satirical genius Sam Lipsyte flirts with disaster - latimes.com
'The Fun Stuff' author Sam Lipsyte says of people, 'often what they do is inappropriate or mistimed or just badly executed.'
- Los Angeles Times
‘The Fun Parts,’ by Sam Lipsyte - NYTimes.com
Satire mingles with warmth and pathos in Sam Lipsyte’s second collection of stories.
- The New York Times
An Interview With Sam Lipsyte, Author of The Fun Parts - WSJ.com
Sam Lipsyte's stories can be wickedly funny and wrenchingly sad, sometimes in the same sentence. His new collection is The Fun Parts. The writer previously wrote Home Land and The Ask.
- The Wall Street Journal
Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts, reviewed. - Slate Magazine
Are losers interesting? Considering the herd of suburban strivers who crowd our fiction shelves, publishers seem to think not. You can almost picture them scribbling “Unlikeable!” on page after page of dark manuscripts, sidestepping tales of self-righteous day care workers with anger issues and depressed men engaged in affairs with...
Review • The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte | The Coffin Factory
Lipsyte’s dark humor, paired with his intrigue in the mundane, brings to light the fruitless, embarrassing, pathetic, but edging on beautiful reality of ...
- The Coffin Factory
Have We Finally Caught Up With Sam Lipsyte? -- Vulture
A decade ago, publishers viewed him and his funny-bitter Gen-X alter egos as out of touch. A Times best-seller and new story collection, The Fun Parts, later, it’s clear the times have changed.
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Sam Lipsyte Talks The Fun Parts, Being in a Noise-Band, and Giving a Shit - New York - News - Runnin' Scared
On a recent Friday afternoon in Morningside Heights, The Voice met the man routinely hailed as one of...
- Village Voice
Sam Lipsyte Interview The Fun Parts - Sam Lipsyte on His New Book - Esquire
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Sam Lipsyte’s Book Bag: Five Bilious, Seriocomic Triumphs - The Daily Beast
The leading practitioner of the black comedy, whose new book is ‘The Fun Parts,’ picks his favorite humorous yet weighty novels.
- Daily Beast
Sam Lipsyte | Full Stop
I don’t think that self-loathing really gives you the pleasure that masturbation does.
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