Jarett Kobek, in conversation with Ivy Pochoda, discusses and signs Only Americans Burn in Hell
You know the rules. If you still want to play the game of American life, then you had better learn to lie. Kneel before false gods. Pretend to care about the ruling class and their illusions. Keep your head down. Pray that no one sees you. This is not the future you were promised. What if someone had forgotten how to lie? What if they had written a book that destroyed their hopes of a literary career? And what if it were hilarious? Look no further. Jarett Kobek has written Only Americans Burn in Hell.
It's a comic novel about: (1) The Queen of Fairy Land and her misadventures in Los Angeles. (2) A Saudi prince practicing Neoliberal philanthropy by day and sexual torture by night. (3) #MeToo. (4) Christianity. (5) The structure of social complicity. (6) Millions of dead Muslims. (7) The enduring importance of kindness. This is it, true believer. The last honest book of your lifetime. Your only guide to 2020 and beyond. Just remember: every suicide needs its note. (We Heard You Like Books)