Chinese Takeout

Chinese Takeout


SKU: 9780060548827


From the author of the cult classic The Fuck-Up comes a vicious new tale of art, drugs, love, and death on the Lower East Side.

Orloff Trenchant is a painter who sells books on West 4th Street in Manhattan and is obsessed with mastering his craft. Desperate for cash, Or agrees to take a commission no one else will touch: he has three weeks to carve a headstone for a recently deceased restaurateur — a Chinese takeout box. As Or attempts to make his deadline, he navigates among a toxic mix of fellow artists, struggling gallery owners, bloodsucking art dealers, his politically active friends, and a haunting addict poet whose life is more out of control than Or’s own.

Nersesian’s prose is sparkling and hypnotic in this brutal and comic story that will make you wonder if life and art are two different things.

“Magnificent…Nersesian’s story…won’t leave you hungry…Nersesian is this generation’s Mark Twain.” “Not since Henry Miller has a writer so successfully captured the…tribulations of a struggling artist.…A masterly image.” “A definite achievement… Confirms Nersesian’s literary artistry. His edgy exploration…is hard to put down.” “Thoroughly validates Nersesian’s rep as one of the wittiest and most perceptive chroniclers of downtown life.” “One of the best books…about the artist’s life. …A compelling read.” “Nersesian’s feel for the maneuvering of the city…is what makes his city stories so wholly engrossing.” “[Nersesian] has a talent for dark comedy and witty dialgoue…Woven throughout…are gems of observational brilliance…A vivid tour.” “A witty tour through the lowest depths of high art.…A fast paced portrait of…la vie boheme.” “A heartfelt, tragicomic bohemian romance.…The hip squalor…takes on a mythic charge that energizes Nersesian’s lyrical celebriation.”

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 1 × 5 × 8 in