Participating in a work of performance art — by mistake

Traditionally I’ve been a total curmudgeon about book trailers. (It’s a book. Who’s going to watch a promotional film for it? Maybe publishers should focus on putting out good books instead of amping up the marketing for crappy ones. Etc., etc., Amen.)

But this funny short devoted to Grégoire Bouillier’s The Mystery Guest, a breakup memoir newly translated from the French by Lorin Stein, highlights the irrationality of my position. Bouillier won the Prix de Flore for a prior book in 2002.


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