Montana-based author Walter Kirn uses social media to rant about the expectation of literary authors to sell themselves on social media. The YouTube video called "Video Killed the Literary Star" addresses author Gary Shteyngart in a funny open letter.
Shteyngart made a trailer for his memoir Little Failure featuring actor James Franco. Kirn, author of Up in the Air, which was made into a movie starring George Clooney, recently released his own memoir, Blood Will Out, which we reviewed this week. Kirn uses the video tirade as his own book trailer. Gem lines include, "I grew up in this country, unlike you, and we had a very solid separation between the culture of highbrow thought and literature and the 'I Love Lucy' stuff. We liked it that way," and "Twitter, I don't mind at all. You pop in an ambien, lay down on the couch and say whatever shit comes into your head."
Kirn reads from Blood Will Out at Shakespeare & Co. tonight at 7 PM. Free.