Gary Shteyngart Writes Novella About Hanging Out With M.I.A.

It’s in the latest issue of GQ.


  • Gary Shteyngart tells us about why M.I.A. is cool, then mentions his “own immigrant past” four paragraphs in.
  • Gary Shteyngart tells us he’s assigned to write 7,000 words on M.I.A., so he talks about going to Oberlin College, listening to 90’s gangsta rap, and eating fast food.
  • The word “hipster” is mentioned several times, including a quote from
  • Writes the whole thing from the point of view of a dorky Russian American who is really excited to be hanging out with a really cool girl.