Monday, June 21, 2010
"The elephant knows there is nothing after this life and very little in it. The elephant is aware of his looming extinction, and he is hurt by it, reduced by it, made to feel his solitary nature, he who will eventually trample his way through brush and scrub to lie down and die where his mother once trembled her haunches to give him life. Mother, aloneness, entrapment, extinction."
Gary Shteyngart is one of the writers The New Yorker selected in their list of "20 under 40" for this week's fiction issue, and his story Lenny Hearts Eunice, which concerns a neurotic Jewish man in the near future, is notable.