Etgar Keret: Fly Already

"Why do we want so much sexual intercourse and statistically most people do not want to have it with us?"

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Etgar Keret has a unique talent for finding humor in the indignities of everyday life, the miscommunications that drive us and the losses that punctuate life. In Fly Already, Etgar Keret gives a masterclass on using humor to save your life or just make it more bearable.  Whether it's a dissatisfied angel longing for more, a guy desperate to impress his crush by scoring joint during a weed shortage, or a couple tracing their breakup to the primordial ooze of its start, this moving and deeply human short story collection is perfect in its celebration of the imperfect.

Etgar Keret was born in Ramat Gan and now lives in Tel Aviv. A recipient of the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, the Charles Bronfman Prize, and the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, he is the author of the memoir The Seven Good Years and story collections including The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God. His work has been translated into forty-five languages and has appeared in The New YorkerThe Wall Street JournalWiredThe Paris Review, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and on This American Life, where he is a regular contributor.

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Amanda Stern is Bookable’s host. Founder of the popular literary event series Happy Ending at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Stern is also a writer. Happy Ending ran for more than a decade and was selected as New York’s best book-related series by New York Magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press. The New York Times Magazine singled out Happy Ending as a force keeping “downtown New York alive.”


This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn, Beau Friedlander and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.


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