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Cake Break

On my last visit to New York, just before the pandemic, I told May-Zhee, my publicist at Riverhead and a friend, that my literary fantasy is to publish stories where stories are not supposed to be published. I shared my dream of printing stories on matchboxes, cleaning supplies, and bus stops, and I also disclosed a culinary fantasy: short stories hidden inside cookies, so that everyone who eats a cookie can have a sweet-and-sour story for dessert after—or during—their dessert. May-Zhee listened politely, and I couldn’t help suspecting that I was not the first author to dump a weird literary fantasy in her lap. I hoped, for her sake, that the other writers were sharing dreams of being astronauts, firefighters, or pirates, rather than a bizarrely specific vision like mine. Three days later, May-Zhee emailed to say she’d persuaded the Israeli manager of Breads Bakery in Manhattan, who is a fan of my writing, to make my dream come true. But America being America, the manager quickly clarified that putting a piece of paper in a cookie would present a choking hazard, and so my fantasy would have to undergo a slight renovation: instead of a story in a cookie, it would be a story wrapping a cake. As soon as I’d emailed my thanks to May-Zhee and the bakery manager, I sat down to write the story. It was the first cake-wrapping-story I’d ever written. I hope it came out delicious.

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"Outside" screenings outside

The video dance "Outside" was created by Choreographer Inbal Pinto and Etgar Keret during the initial Covid-19 related lockdowns around the world, and was remotely performed by Moran Muller in Israel, and Mirai Moriyama in Japan. When lockdown regulations gradually eased, the only way to allow public screenings was by video projections on outside walls in Israel, Japan, USA and Germany, which went well with the post-lockdown awkwardness the work was dealing with.

"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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Smoking dope is illegal, but screaming at an Arab who ran over a little girl — that's not only legal, it's downright normative.

"One Gram Short"

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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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