The Novel: A Remix of Superbad: Stories and Pieces

By Ben Greenman; Laurence Onge (Editor)
(Soft Skull Press, Paperback, 9781932360134, 155pp.)

Publication Date: December 2003

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The original hardcover Superbad from McSweeney’s was a collection of two dozen pieces ranging from postmodern satire to more serious fiction. The lot of it has been remixed much like popular music and reprinted in trade paper. The result: a challenging novel with a clear set of themes and characters, tightly constructed and intricately interwoven. As Susan Minot writes, Greenman’s mind is hard to pin down and can be likened to that of "a Russian short story writer, a slapstick gag writer, an art critic, a literary critic, a cultural commentator, a cowboy, a satirist, a scientist ... a surrealist, a nut and genius, a stand-up comedian, a child prodigy, a dreamer, and a poet."

About the Author
Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker. He is the author of the story collections What He's Poised to Do; Superbad; and A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories About Human Love, and the novels Superworse and Please Step Back. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Onge is a contributor to McSweeney's.
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