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Super Sad True Love Story

I’m halfway through this book.

It appears to be a semi-autobiographical novel about a nerdy and ugly 38-year-old Jewish guy, Lenny Abramov, who’s into tiny Asian girls. Lenny’s parents are Russian immigrants who live in Long Island while Lenny lives in one of those coops on the east end of Grand Street where the last remnants of old Jewish people from the Lower East Side still live.

The book is written in the first person. It’s a combination of Lenny’s diary, and his Korean girlfriend’s much less mature and intelligent emails where she writes to her friends about how ugly and nerdy Lenny is. The author, Gary Shteyngart (a Stuyvesand grad), must have very low self-esteem (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

And the book takes place in a dystopian future in which China has become the world’s superpower and America has become impoverished and is run by a fascist government. The author of the book doesn’t understand fascism very well so that part of the book doesn’t make any sense, but as far as I can tell it’s just there for background. On the other hand, he does a great job of writing in the voice of a shallow and not too bright Asian girl (or at least how a nerdy Jewish guy with low self-esteem imagines they would write).

Books like this will never be read as classics even in two decades because it will become painfully obvious how completely wrong he was about the future. Although perhaps the prediction that in the future, social media will be ten times as important as it is today, might actually be true.

Hard to believe they’re going to be making this book into a TV series.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

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  1. Why do you read books about losers? Believe it or not, what you read is almost as important as what you eat.


    October 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    • Any book about China becoming a superpower, is as relevant as Captain Kirk and his space odyssey.


      October 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      • China is already a superpower and eclipses the US in many ways (infrastructure, attitudes towards genetics).


        October 24, 2015 at 12:03 am

      • They do not eclipse us in anyway, that is meaningful. China is a regional power at best.


        October 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

  2. The S. Korean women in my MBA program were all attractive, smart, and, unlike the Chinese women, spoke reasonably good English and were fairly outgoing w/ their non co-ethnics.

    E. Rekshun

    October 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  3. I imagine to this writer fascism is YOUR DAD and the writing is some sort of rebellion.

    The dystopian future, as imagined by left leaning science fiction writers, usually seems to be some sort of combination of the corporations are running everything or a fascist (as you pointed out, they don’t know what it means) ham handed government.But at the moment in SF on TV the corporate controlled future is winning. Continuum. Dark Matter, and Killjoys; all recent Syfy shows, are corporate controlled futures in which corporations sort of act as governments, usually by killing everyone.,

    Mike Street Station

    October 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    • If the US does become a totalitarian state in the future it seems much more likely to be the kind of state envisioned by an idiot like Arthur Chu rather than one that is fascist.


      October 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

  4. It’s nice to see you reading a novel for a change. I picked up his other novel and couldn’t get into it.

    IMO, the best novelist of America as it was in the ’90s and ’00s is Jonathan Franzen. If you haven’t read The Corrections and Freedom, read them. They’re sort of like the Bonfire of the Vanities of the late ’90s and the early ’00s.

    Dave Pinsen

    October 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    • Franzen is overrated. American writers are, how should I say, prole.

      Don’t conflate subject matter with quality. Tom Wolfe suffers from the same problem, though much less so than Franzen. Franzen seems to resonate with a certain sector of the white population. Mainly, the frantic, neurotic kind. Very spazzy. A slice of pie that satiates both uppity New Yorkers and Midwesterners alike.

      The only good American writers are mostly dead, I’m afraid.


      October 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      • Nonsense. If anything, Franzen is underrated, because a lot of writers are envious of his talent and he has a reputation for being a snob. And it’s not just the subject matter. No novels better captured the Zeitgeist of the late ’90s or early oughts better than The Corrections and Freedom, and both were page-turners. That’s rare to do in literary fiction these days. No one who’s read Against The Day, for example, will call it a page turner (and I say that as a fan of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow and Bleeding Edge).

        Dave Pinsen

        October 22, 2015 at 3:18 am

      • Thomas Dean Howells, ‘The Rise of Silas Lapham’ would seem an excellent choice for Lion.


        October 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

      • Franzen is an appallingly bad writer. Just awful.

        The simple fact is that American writers have never had the skills with language that almost all other Anglophone writers develop as a matter of course. At their best, they more than make up for it with an exuberance and freshness that carries you along, but it’s always best to not delve too deeply into matters of style. Even the dead American writers can’t compete, if you’re comparing like with like.


        October 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      • The Rise of David Lewinsky by Abraham Kahn is a good read.

        I saw the play in Yiddish and it was excellent as well


        October 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      • Dave Pinsen, so you like Pinecone. You’re showing your age if you couldn’t see that Pinecone was completely out of touch with his coverage of 90s pop culture in Bleeding Edge. Do you like Nabokov, too?

        No one is envious of Franzen’s ability to describe inane nonsense about America.

        Americans are so gullible as to what constitutes good literature.


        October 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

  5. Well, its certainly a timely TV shows. Tons of solid white betas out there who aint deemed good enough for the white chicks. The little asian chicks are much nicer to them.


    October 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    • There are plenty of tubby white women who would love to be approached by these betas. The betas don’t want them though.


      October 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

  6. The sad part is that a Jew is dating non-Jews and writing about it. He needs to be punished. This is an evolutionary dead end for a Jew. How can he be so stupid? He wants Hitler to win?

    Also, low self-confidence is obviously very bad. You should have a realistic self-confidence, which would mean high because if you do what you are good at and accept your limitations and adjust your expectations, you should be pretty confident about doing your thing. It’s because people want to be what they cannot be that they have low self-confidence.


    October 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    • In the not-too-distant future, there will be plenty of ethnic Asians who have been raised Jewish for Jewish men with yellow fever to date, thanks to lots of adoptions of Chinese girl babies by childless single Jewish women.

      Dave Pinsen

      October 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      • This won’t make the kids Jewish. There is a nice story about an adopted Chinese girl who had sicerely converted.


        October 22, 2015 at 12:05 am

      • It would not make any sense, since many Asian women are poaching Jewish women for their men, without being raised Jewish. Me thinks, the Jewishness is what keeps Jewish men away from Jewish women. I’m talking about their materialistic and overbearing nature.


        October 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    • It’s not necessarily a win for Hitler. In the future, a major anti-Jewish persecution event could very well occur in the territory that now forms the United States. The mischlings might be second class citizens, but they are still likely to be better treated than the pure Jews as was the case in Nazi Germany. For people who want their family members to remain pure Jews, it would be best to move to Israel.


      October 21, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      • For people who want their family members to remain pure Jews, it would be best to move to Israel.

        So now we know Netanyahu is posting here with the name “nebbish”.


        October 22, 2015 at 5:53 am

      • In a perverse way, anti-semitism is good for the Israeli government. Fresh blood is always accepted. They want more Jewish immigrants. Just don’t send them the darkies or those who could pass as Muzzies.


        October 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

      • Oh nonsense. The anti-Jewish persecution will happen (and is happening) in Europe, not the USA.

        If Jews want to preserve the USA as a haven from persecution, they should start treating the USA like they own it, not like a rental car. In particular, they should stop promoting immigration, because it is bringing in groups who actively hate Jews, or who do not give a shit about Israel and feel no guilt about the Holocaust even if they do not actively hate Jews.’


        October 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

      • Jews don’t promote immigration. Only Jewish leaders do, which makes them no different than gentile leaders like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      • Jews don’t promote immigration. Only Jewish leaders do, which makes them no different than gentile leaders like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

        I don’t know whether Jews oppose or support immigration but the reasons Jews are sometimes considered especially influential is because they have disprortionate money & media power to decide which Gentiles become leaders in the first place.

        Of course HBD predicts high IQ groups will acquire disproportionate influence, & Jews have high IQs, especially when it comes to influential verbal skills


        October 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      • Nevertheless, the influence of Jews is vastly exaggerated by the Jew haters.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      • Jews don’t promote immigration. Only Jewish leaders do, which makes them no different than gentile leaders like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

        Jews are overwhelmingly liberal. Liberals are overwhelmingly pro-immigration. Seems to me the rank and file are in line with the leadership on this one.


        October 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

      • This is no longer true. In the last NYC Mayoral election, the Republican candidate got more of the Jewish vote than he got of the gentile white vote.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

      • Jews are overwhelmingly liberal. Liberals are overwhelmingly pro-immigration. Seems to me the rank and file are in line with the leadership on this one.

        Completely false, rank and file Jews want less immigration*

        Seeing how Jews aren’t represented by their elite much differently than goys are by goy elites, answer Lion’s question about how Reid, Pelosi, Koch, Sulzberger, etc, are acting differently than Jewish elites?


        In contrast to many religious leaders, most members think immigration is too high.

        Jews: 50 percent said it is too high; 5 percent said is too low; 22 percent just right.

        The survey asked its Jewish respondents: “A new law in Arizona gives police the power to ask people they’ve stopped to verify their residency status. Supporters say this will help crack down on illegal immigration. Opponents say it could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling. On balance, do you support or oppose this law?”

        The result was a slim majority in favor of the law: 52 percent to 46 percent.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        October 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      • I don’t know whether Jews oppose or support immigration

        I just showed rank and file Jews oppose immigration.

        but the reasons Jews are sometimes considered especially influential is because they have disprortionate money & media power to decide which Gentiles become leaders in the first place.

        1) The people who make that argument have to inflate the proportion of Jews by counting elite half Jews such as Pinch Sulzberger, Michael Bennett, and John Kerry as fully Jewish – according to the NYTimes, 5% of all white Americans are at least a quarter Jewish.

        2) Even with exaggerated counts of Jewish influence, the American elite is generally 20-25% Jewish, and 75-80% gentile. If gentiles are the majority of the elite, then American policy is still largely controlled by gentiles.

        3) More important than proportions, policies do not vary substantially between Jewish and gentile white elites. With little policy or motivational difference between them, American politics wouldn’t be any better even with a 100% gentile leadership.

        4) Western European nations where gentiles are 90% or more of the elite are also advocates of mass immigration; the primary reason why America’s racial composition is in worse shape than Europe’s is due to America having been ~10% black after WWII, while Europe started to post-war era as, more or less, 100% white.

        And remember to tell yourself Trudeau II is only a gentile when his henchmen introduce you to your new Syrian and Somali neighbors.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        October 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    • “The sad part is that a Jew is dating non-Jews and writing about it. He needs to be punished. This is an evolutionary dead end for a Jew. How can he be so stupid? He wants Hitler to win?”

      Why do you allow this nonsense? Doesn’t it violate your “mean spirited” comments policy?


      October 22, 2015 at 1:54 am

      • No, it doesn’t.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      • Remember that Yakov is an Orthodox Jew unlike Lion or me. The prohibition of intermarriage in traditional Judaism is based on religious objections rather than racial ones. In theory, people of any race could convert to Judaism under Orthodox auspices and become acceptable marriage partners for Orthodox Jews.


        October 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      • Yes, the Jew or not Jew website, is one big lie, when it comes to defining Jewishness. A mulatto like Lenny Kravitz (Jewish from his dad side), while not technically Jewish, is celebrity Jewish in the Hollywood realm. He loves visiting one of those overly elite shul by Central Park, whenever he’s visiting NYC, as a sign of Jewish pride. Yakov, on the other hand would attend shul in a prole neighborhood, regularly!


        October 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    • White gentiles used to say the same thing about dating blacks and a lot of people, including quite a lot of Jews, jumped all over them for being racists.


      October 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

      • This intermarriage is forbidden by Divine Law and has nothing to do with racism.


        October 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

  7. Life in NYC sounds depressing to me. I think the Lion should investigate re-location. !!


    October 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    • Every American city that is SWPL friendly, is expensive with their status whoring inhabitants. I RULE out NYC, only because it is a city with remnants of NAM miscreants. 30% of the population is black.


      October 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

  8. His future already came true. Less than a half decade after the book was published the “apparet” (iPhone-like device) is ubiquitous, nobodies record videos to star in their own reality tv shows, and the Times published an article (multiple?) about the importance of credit scores to dating. The list goes on.


    October 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm

  9. Lion, I still haven’t gotten around to reading “Class” by Paul Fussell, but a few weeks ago I read “Muscle” by Sam Fussell, son of the former.

    It’s essentially a study in trust fund SWPL self-actualization.


    October 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    • An odd choice of interests for a kid whose father turned out to be part homo.


      October 22, 2015 at 10:06 am

  10. Lion runs a pretty realistic blog on most issues – although he does go a little Belushi-on-coke when he discusses things like abortion and Sarah Palin – but he seems to hint too often at the untrue fact that white guys who go out with attractive Asians could not have found attractive non-Asians. Shteyngart has had an attractive Asian girlfriend and an attractive Asian wife, Why should we think he lacks self-confidence, does the foolish Howard Stern lack self-confidence because he jokes about his inadequacies?

    howitzer daniel

    October 21, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    • ” Shteyngart has had an attractive Asian girlfriend and an attractive Asian wife”

      Whose wife was she? Because it sure as hell ain’t the one he married.


      October 21, 2015 at 11:26 pm

  11. From what I’ve seen, Shteyngart is a very self-confident and extroverted guy who is very adept at self-promotion, and plays up a neurotic persona as a comedic device. There are other Jewish comedians and personalities that do this. Shteyngart also has famous friends like James Franco and Paul Giamatti, as well as other prominent people who aren’t famous but are big in the literary, publishing, and media subculture in NYC. He’s not some tortured, reclusive writer.


    October 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    • Allen Konigsberg, aka Woody Allen, is another Jewish comedian who is far more self-confident in real life than his stage/screen persona. Apparently he was even an excellent baseball player in high school. The neurotic thing is a defensive Jewish shtick to keep the goyim happy.

      Peter Akuleyev

      October 22, 2015 at 10:22 am

    • You must be not serious, that he is a friend of James Franco (a guy who is a 180 degree opposite, when it comes to women).


      October 22, 2015 at 10:56 am

  12. Another tell tale sign that men who date Asian women are beta, if not gamma, or omega territory.


    October 21, 2015 at 11:07 pm

  13. America is run by fascists and China is a superpower? This guy is weird.
    Apparently the Chinese government feels threatened by Magna Carta.


    October 22, 2015 at 12:32 am

    • Another good good reason, as to why the East Asians are the way they are!

      They were never about human progress that one finds in Western civilization.

      What is Confucianism as a philosophy? Essentially, not philosophy as we know it.


      October 22, 2015 at 10:54 am

  14. “Hard to believe they’re going to be making this book into a TV series.”

    That might be the least hard to believe thing ever.


    October 22, 2015 at 12:39 am

  15. This guy is weird, pretending and isn’t worth a second of anyone’s time. Not once did he say anything remotely funny.

    He spent 8 years in Hebrew school and claimed to have written ‘Sexodus’ while there? A sick pervert. He claimed he couldn’t learn English because his parents didn’t have a TV set? This is his idea of being funny? Phony – is what he is. Who would listen to this nonsense?


    October 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

  16. What about the theory/tall tale(?) that Hollywood purposely seeks out defective people because the $$ guys figure these folks are easier to manipulate? The only girl I knew to make it big in any way in movies was a major f*ck up in high school. She ended up marrying a homo actor who pretends he isn’t a homo.


    October 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

  17. I was surprised to learn James Gandolfini had an asian wife, before he kicked the bucket. The Sopranos was kind of the deutschlandied of Italian identity and cultural ethos.

    slithy toves

    October 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    • I’ve met quite a number of guidos who eat Chinese more than their calzones.


      October 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      • Chinese is popular in prole neighborhoods.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      • Not really in Italian prole neighborhoods. Guidos aren’t really into Chinese, except when they intermarry with them.


        October 23, 2015 at 10:04 am

      • Chinese takeouts can be found in all prole neighborhoods in NYC.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

      • Just reading this article and other countless news of crime in Guido Island, leads me to think most of the heinous crimes are committed by NAMs, and not proles.

        Surprisingly, why is Staten Island notorious for NAM crime?


        October 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

      • I think Gandolfini really liked his Italian food and booze. Read about his final meal in Rome right before he keeled over:

        Hours before he keeled over from a massive heart attack, the actor sat down for a 7 p.m. meal with his son, Michael, 13, at the Boscolo Exedra Roma hotel’s outdoor restaurant.

        Gandolfini, 51, first ordered a pina colada with two additional shots of rum on the side.

        He followed that up with an identical round — a pina colada and two shots — and then downed two beers, the source said.

        Gandolfini also enjoyed back-to-back orders of fried prawns slathered with mayonnaise chili sauce — as well as a heaping portion of foie gras.

        He ate the entire meal himself. Michael had his own dinner and two virgin pina coladas, the source said.

        Nearly “everything [Gandolfini] ordered was fried. Obviously, that’s going to cause problems with your heart,” the source said.


        October 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

  18. LOL, after their slowdown, China is growing at only 6.9%. At that pathetic rate, their economy would only be 3.8 times bigger in 20 years. OMG, they suck!


    October 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

    • “Oh, but China is lying, see because they have all these problems underneath, you know? Those numbers are not to be trusted.”

      – America


      October 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

  19. As an art form — or simply as a form of intelligent entertainment — the novel has largely run its course. What makes a novel noteworthy these days is that it’s on its way to becoming a movie, a TV show, an animated feature, or whatever. In other words, something other than a novel.

    ice hole

    October 22, 2015 at 11:53 am

    • “As an art form — or simply as a form of intelligent entertainment — the novel has largely run its course.”

      The American novel, in America? Sure. There’s a school of European writing which is almost as appalling; this almost Pan-European style written specifically to be translated into as many languages as possible and reach the lowest common denominator. It can’t have anything unique in style or content because that might stop it being translated. (Look at the Nordic noire genre as a prime example.) All the cool differences are ironed out at the writing stage

      But there are intelligent novels being written, as well as a vast body of writing behind us, with plenty of people who like to read them. Americans with high verbal IQs might cluster in TV and the like, but there’s a whole world outside of America.


      October 22, 2015 at 3:26 pm

  20. It’s such a shitty book. He doesn’t have the skills to write literary fiction, so it was painful to read. He hasn’t immersed himself in sci-fi enough to make it convincing – a sci fi nerd friend of mine said it made him want to claw his eyes out.

    And it suffers from the usual omega male wish fulfilment. Sexy women love fat losers! Everyone else hates them and he’s the only one *without* a problem! His complete lack of accomplishment is actually an achievement because, again, he’s the only one who’s not a problem!


    October 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm

  21. lion, do you like asian women?


    October 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  22. Is reading beta?


    October 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    • Yes because it’s a passive activity and doesn’t increase social dominance. Civilization was created by beta males, so the more civilized an activity, the more beta.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      • Julius Caesar was no beta. So why did he write? Is that a beta activity?


        October 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm

  23. Certain guys are always talking shit about asian women. Because of their alleged easier nature and submissiveness, they only count for a fraction of a woman. I guess a white girl is 1. Is a black girl, full of drama and bullshit 1.5 women?


    October 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    • Actually, yes. Read the bestseller of Robert Vuijsje; “Alleen maar nette mensen”.


      October 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

  24. i thought this book was terrible. it came highly recommended to me by a friend, but i barely made it through the whole thing.


    October 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  25. Why is such self-referential fiction so critically acclaimed these days? Whatever happened to creativity? Shakespeare could write about kings. Arthur Conan Doyle could write about detectives and criminals. Charles Dickens could write about anyone. Now it seems like every other “critically acclaimed” novel out there is semi-autobiographical. A nerdy Jewish writer from New York who likes Asian women writes a novel about a nerdy Jewish writer from New York who likes Asian women. Wow, where does he get such amazing inspiration?


    October 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    • Actually in the novel he’s some sort of account manager, not a professional writer. He just writes a diary.

      But otherwise, yes, valid point.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm

  26. If any of you guys are in the Topanga area this weekend, drop by the JuicyPussy and pick up something for the girlfriend. They’re having a close-out sale on their summer line.


    October 23, 2015 at 12:15 am

  27. I quite liked this book despite its flaws (the absurd increase in the value of the Chinese yuan stood out); it felt like what a group of Chateau Heartiste writers (both the alpha-beta-omega analysts and the Goodbye America crowd) would produce if trying to write one book that would touch on all the themes that that blog and its companions address.

    His extrapolations on future slang were fun and I found myself also buying the book in two other languages I read just to see how the translators handled that side of it.

    Couldn’t get into Shteyngart’s other books (Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook were the two I tried). I liked his autobiography though.


    October 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    • Couldn’t make it through Shteyngart’s Russian Debutante’s Handbook, because of exactly what you said re: felt I’d already gotten the same whiny sexual status rants from Roissy et al, for free. This sounds like the same thing. I stopped RDH shortly after a paragraph about how he and the chick were perfect for each other due to “gradients of status,” like her being younger and him being richer. I think I actually transcribed the whole graf into a blog post, way back when Lion had a cooler name.. If you’re looking for a good sexual status/neurosis rant, there’s still nothing that beats Portnoy’s Complaint.

      Sheila Tone

      October 24, 2015 at 12:12 am

  28. I do not remember all the details but I found the book not that bad. It’s not great (and like almost everything overrated) but it was a fun read for most of the time. And the extrapolations from facebooks and other social exhibitionisms are quite well done. In that near future everyone is “rating” almost everyone present all the time so you get immediate social feedback continuously and the girls wear transparent trousers…

    nomen nescio

    October 26, 2015 at 5:04 am

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