After the April event at KGB Bar, Behind the Book asked me to write a guest post for their blog about reading with Mark Leyner, whose books I used to carry around in my trunk. You can read “On the Road with Mark Leyner” at the Behind the Book blog:
I made a great many discoveries during that first year in America, and one of them was the work of Mark Leyner, which I immediately added to our traveling cross-country library. Unlike many of the books I cherished most, his novels – Et tu, Babe and My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist – had only come out recently, but in their wild play with language and pop cultural references, I saw them coming from a clear tradition of writers storming the heavens, afraid of nothing. They were also unmistakably contemporary, and that gave them an additional edge.