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Streets of Rage

In the ten months of this newsletter’s life, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with Alphabet Soup’s subscribers in many different ways: some of you have sent in ideas or inspirations for Matchbox Stories, others have volunteered to illustrate various texts we’ve published, and two well-known subscribers even read stories for Alphabet…

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Writing as Anger Management

Keret is interviewed by The New Yorker's Deborah his story "Mitzvah" that appears in the magazine's latest issue. You can also listen to Keret reading the story.

Illustration by Valerie Chiang; Source photograph by Lielle Sand

"The Middleman"

“The Middleman“, an Arte mini-series starring Mathieu Amalric, written and directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, has premiered on the Arte channel May 7th 2020.

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I close my eyes and think back to the cashier at the grocery store. When we hugged I tried to be small, to be warmer than I really am. I tried to smell like I’d only just been born.

"Eating Olives at the End of the World"

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The Upgraded Me

In an overwhelming, unpredictable world, our virtual selves offer an appealing existential strategy.

— Illustration: Diego Patiño

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Words Without Borders, 2010

I believe that there is a truth. I believe it is very difficult to articulate that truth. I try to go in that direction, but I don’t pretend I will get there.

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New York Times, 2012

For Keret, the creative impulse resides not in a conscious devotion to the classic armature of fiction (character, plot, theme, etc.) but in an allegiance to the anarchic instigations of the subconscious. His best stories display a kind of irrepressible dream logic

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