The author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook is known as a great satirist, so it's no surprise that the promo for his third novel Super Sad True Love Story is a complete joke. Starring as himself—complete with fake Russian accent—and claiming he can't even read, the ridiculous trailer also features such seasoned writers as Jeffrey Eugenides and Mary Gaitskill. But perhaps the best clip is of James Franco as one of Shteyngart's Columbia students. If you like his brand of funny, get tickets to City Arts & Lectures' conversation on Wednesday (May 11) at Herbst Theatre.
Get your party pants on, because DAWN 2010 is throwing one helluva celebration in honor of the Jewish holiday Shavuot. On May 15th you can lounge with libations in-hand, and party with the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences. Have a few laughs with Sandra Bernhard, chill with Gary Shteyngart, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), and dance those party pants right off at a live performance from Fool's Gold.