58: Gary Shteyngart - "People ask me to sign their watch straps"
The Time 4A Pint Podcast
For episode 58 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast, I got together with New York Times best selling Author, and spectacular watch nerd, Gary Shteyngart. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Gary moved to New York at the age of 7. Which is where he was last week, when we jumped on a long distance line to talk about seven of the watches from his collection, angry people on the internet, and his most recent novel, Lake Success. You can find pictures and reference numbers of all the watches that we talked about, along with lots of helpful show notes on the Time 4A Pint website. Want to support the show? Buy me a virtual pint for just £1 at https://ko-fi.com/time4apint
Independent Thinking - Gary Shteyngart (@shteyngart); "Khrushchev meets Liberace” and all that ticks
Fifth Wrist Radio
Another episode of the Independent Thinking Show for FifthWrist Radio. Hosts: Roman (@TimesRomanAU) and Adam (@mediumwatch) chat with best-selling novelist and watch enthusiast Gary Shteyngart (@shteyngart).Join us as for a conversation about Gary’s writing and his headlong dive into watches, Bauhaus, Nomos, Seiko, Rolex and Patek. Find out which Rolex model shall henceforth be dubbed “The Shteyngart” forever and why Gary is not a chronograph guy!Erudite, thoughtful and hilariously funny (just like his books), we guarantee you will enjoy our conversation with Gary.Shout-outs in this episode to friends of FWR podcast: @anordain, @Habring2, Eric Wind, @colibrica Design, Theo Diehl, William Massena, Kathleen McGivney & Ming Watches.Special mentions to Jack Forster, Allen Farmelo, and Stephen Pulvirent.Recommendations from this episodeGary - @mrzaratsu; @waitlisted; Book - “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson Adam: Gary’s Book “Lake Success”; Shipping service DeJapan.comRoman: Gary’s New Yorker Article: “Confessions of a Watch Geek"; William Gibson’s WIRED Article “My Obsession” Follow Gary on Instagram @shteyngart and check out his books, including his latest Our Country Friends released in November 2021.New Theme Music for 2021: Circle Round by Spinning Clocks (via YouTube Free Music Channel)Follow us on Instagram: @FifthWristTo join our group chat please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have time please leave us a review.SHOW NOTES8:20 - Gary’s collecting philosophy16:10 - An ode to Nomos, William Massena, Ming and Habring watches23:05 - A brief detour to Ukraine, Chernobyl and Soviet design (Khrushchev meets Liberace)25:30 - Gary’s ancestral watch (Raketa)36:10 - Revenge of the nerds42:40 - Watches as key plot devices in Gary’s novel “Lake Success”47:45 - Obscurity vs mass recognition53:40 - Tips for writing about watches1:06:20 Unavoidable discussion of Gary’s Talking Watches appearance on Hodinkee1:19:00 Tips for aspiring writers everywhere1:26:00 RecommendationsCheers from sunny Melbourne and Stay On Time!
This is an encore presentation. Lake Success, now out in paperback, focuses on self-deluded husband and father Barry Cohen, a discontent hedge fund manager who oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Overwhelmed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. A darkly funny novel about a life divorced from the world most of us know, Lake Success is a very human portrait of American despair in the months leading up to the 2016 election. Gary Shteyngart is the author of the award-winning novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story , and a memoir, Little Failure . His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Slate , and The New York Times , and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
All summer we’ve been inviting previous Bookable guests back to the show to talk to other authors they admire. Well today we’re breaking the mold because there are just too many authors we haven’t been able to get on the show--yet. In our latest installment: Gary Shteyngart and Paul LaFarge. Paul and Gary live in upstate New York in neighboring towns. They talk about writing and craft and living through this present moment--all while a tornado heads directly for them. Episode Credits:This episode was produced by Amanda Stern, Beau Friedlander and Andrew Dunn, who also mixed the episode and 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. Music:"Books that Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Different Strokes" by Jupyter, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gary Shteyngart & Danny's Talking Watches Highlights
A few favorite moments, a couple of new watches, and some inspiration for adventure.Show Notes(3:30) My First Watch(8:00) The 'Titanium And Ruby' Patek Philippe Collection(9:15) Talking Watches With Matt Jacobson(10:00) Sotheby's Titanium Collection(12:50) Watch Madness(14:50) Talking Watches With John Mayer(15:30) Talking Watches With Alton Brown(21:00) Talking Watches With Gary Shteyngart(22:00) The Rolex Oyster Perpetual(24:30) Talking Watches With John Mayer, Pt 2(29:30) IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition HODINKEE(31:15) Talking Watches With Spike Feresten(32:15) Talking Watches With Keegan Allen(36:00) Talking Watches With Roger Smith(45:53) Stephen's Grand Seiko 56GS(49:30) Wrist Check(58:20) @mrgandseiko(1:00:23) Reference Points Understanding The Rolex GMT-Master(1:22:20) Adjusting To The Prophylactic Life, Under The Coronavirus Quarantine(1:28:40) Clandestino
Gary Shteyngart on his selection: Nothing has ever made me happier than reading Mo Willems to my kid. In these troubled times, when we can no longer see our friends, we need more of Gerald and Piggy and their incredible pachyderm-porcine friendship. There Is a Bird on Your Head! at IndieBound
Episode 14 - Gary Shteyngart on Watches as Literary Devices
Beyond The Dial
Allen sits down with best selling novelist Gary Shteyngart to talk about how watches have figured into Gary's writing. From his New Yorker article called "Confessions of a Watch Geek" to his novel Lake Success Gary has used watches as literary devices that become windows into the internal lives of characters both real and fictional. Gary's command of watches as a topic is impeccable, and he is as fluent as anyone in going into "why they're so fascinating."
#1 Gary Shteyngart, does the American soul fit in a Greyhound bus?
Chelsea Spieker speaks with Gary Shteyngart, a journalist and author. His current novel "Welcome to Lake Success" was one of the best 100 books of 2018 according to “The New York Times”.“2020 is going to be a frightening year,” says Shteyngart - "frightening" because of Donald Trump. Shteyngart doesn’t hold out much hope; he thinks Trump could indeed be re-elected. The Muller Report hasn’t changed public opinion much. The phone call with the Ukrainian president hasn’t really shocked the Trump base either. The impeachment inquiry is electrifying the political elite, but do the president's supporters really care?In his novel, Gary Shteyngart gets to the bottom of the Trump phenomenon. He puts his main character on a Greyhound bus and sends him out of Manhattan and into an America that has little to do with life on the at times hectic East Coast or the traditionally free-thinking West Coast. On the bus trip it becomes clear that Donald Trump has followers - and a good chance at becoming president. Shteyngart himself went on the bus trip - in the summer before Trump was voted into the White House president.