The Success of Failure

“Humor is the intercontinental ballistic missile, and tragedy is the payload.”

-Gary Shteyngart

A doff of the cap to Word Bookstore in Jersey City for hosting my favorite Russian-American human. Shteyngart’s New York Times-bestselling memoir, Little Failure, is now out in paperback.

Stuck On Reading With One Direction

one direction monitor

There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.

-Zayn Malik, One Direction

I must admit, I’m not wholly certain of who exactly “One Direction” is, although I have an inkling. They appear to be a type¬†of self-replicating, self-aware¬†internet meme, perhaps a botched experiment of the experimental Russian cybercrime division. Some kind of artificially aware being that copies itself and survives because of its phenomenal ability to generate banal platitudes. The statements made by One Direction appear to be gender-based, but I cannot quite tell. Perhaps it is because I am not human.

But then again, neither is One Direction.