In the interest of promoting Zinsky
the Obscure, my debut novel (available
on Amazon), I am devoting this space, for the
next year or two, to Zinsky
news. I have not
stopped blogging. For my latest screeds and
missives, please visit the
on the Zinsky
Now, without further preface, let me use this
space to link to a flattering
review of Zinsky
in Booklist. (Which does contain spoilers.)
The best quote: "This wry debut novel takes on the
classic coming-of-age saga, and it makes the reader
rethink common assumptions about how young people
get from here to there."
Weekly's review was wonderful, too. (But
again: spoilers.) The key excerpt: "This eloquent
novel from Mochari...is both bleak and affecting."
Then there's the marvelous writeup Zinsky
received from Kirkus
Reviews: "A powerful debut, with Dickensian
touches in its heartbreaking and occasionally
humorous chronicle of the life of a modern young
man." (Alas, spoilers in this one too.)
A great review with no spoilers is now
"Brutally funny...forged from the same literary
hearth that has given us such delightful and fussy
oddballs as Ignatius J. Reilly, Don Quixote, and
Kilgore Trout....this book has the scope of
something like Irving's The
World According to Garp. It also has that
also published a Q&A with me. In the
interview, we discussed Zinsky,
to be sure, but we also talked about George R. R.
Martin, The Great
Gatsby, The Who, The Notorious B.I.G., and
Three Boston-area Zinsky
readings are now on the calendar. The following all
take place at 7pm:
May 30: Porter Square Books, Cambridge
June 5: Harvard Book Store, Cambridge
June 13: The Book Shop, Somerville
Two excerpts from Zinsky
are now live. One is on Boston's
NPR Station and Stymie.
It contains a sex scene. The other is on The
Good Men Project. It contains a sports scene.
Speaking of Boston's NPR Station: The afternoon
drive-time program Radio
Boston named Zinsky
one of its "Good Reads For The Summer."
On Lori Hettler's The
Next Best Book blog, you'll find my essay,
"There's A One Letter Difference Between Waiter and
The Jewish Book Council (JBC) recognized Christina
Regon's brilliant work on the Zinsky
the Obscure cover, honoring us as the "Book
Cover of the Week."
A hearty thanks to poet Doug Holder for his
fantastic profile of me and Zinsky
Book Blog featured me and Zinsky
in a recent profile.
Next, let me link to my
debut column for Boston's NPR News Station.
It's all about how I found my list of New Year's
Resolutions from late 1999. You can also listen
to my radio interview.
My second essay for Boston's NPR Station was called
Message to Philip Roth's Biographer: Tell Us
Something We Don't Know."
And last but not least, I'm now in the same sentence
as Philip Roth, thanks to this
essay by book critic and literary historian D.G.
Ilan Mochari is the author of the novel Zinsky
the Obscure (Fomite Press). His
short stories have appeared in Keyhole,
Stymie, Ruthie's Club and
Oysters & Chocolate. Another
story received an honorable mention in a Glimmer
Train competition. He
contributor to Cognoscenti,
the online magazine for Boston's NPR station. He
has a B.A. in English from Yale University.