Yes, that would be Willem Dafoe reading the Etgar Keret story “Mystique.”

Mystique

The man who knew what I was about to say sat next to me on the plane, a stupid smile plastered across his face. That’s what was so nerve-racking about him, the fact that he wasn’t smart or even sensitive, and yet he knew the lines and managed to say them—all the lines I meant to say—three seconds before me. “D’you sell Guerlain Mystique?” he asked the flight attendant a minute before I could, and she gave him an orthodontic smile and said there was just one last bottle left. “My wife’s crazy about that perfume. It’s like an addiction with her. If I come back from a trip and don’t pick up a bottle of Mystique from duty-free, she tells me I don’t love her anymore. If I dare walk in the door without at least one bottle, I’m in trouble.” That was supposed to be my line, but the man who knew what I was about to say stole it from me. He didn’t miss a beat. As soon as the wheels touched down, he switched on his cell phone, a second before I did, and called his wife. “I just landed,” he told her. “I’m sorry. I know it was supposed to be yesterday. They canceled the flight. You don’t believe me? Check it out yourself. Call Eric. I know you don’t. I can give you his number right now.” I also have a travel agent called Eric. He’d lie for me too.

When the plane reached the gate he was still on the phone, giving all the answers I would have given. Without a trace of emotion, like a parrot in a world where time flows backwards, repeating whatever’s about to be said instead of what’s been said already. His answers were the best possible, under the circumstances. His circumstances weren’t so hot, not so hot at all. Mine weren’t all that great either. My wife hadn’t taken my call yet, but just listening to the man who knew what I was about to say made me want to hang up. Just listening to him I could tell that the hole I was in was so deep that if I ever managed to dig myself out, it would be to a different reality. She’d never forgive me, she’d never trust me. Ever. From now on, every trip would be hell on earth, and the time in between would be even worse. He went on and on and on, delivering all those sentences that I’d thought up and hadn’t said yet. They just kept fl owing out of him. Now he stepped it up, raising his voice, like a drowning man desperate to stay afloat. People started fi ling out of the plane. He got up, still talking, scooped up his laptop in his other hand, and headed for the exit. I could see him leaving it behind, the bag he’d stashed in the overhead compartment. I could see him forgetting it, and I didn’t say anything. I just stayed put. Gradually, the plane emptied, till the only ones left were an overweight religious woman with a million children, and me. I got up and opened the overhead compartment, like it was the most natural thing in the world to do. I took out the duty-free bag, like it had always been mine. Inside were the receipt and the bottle of Guerlain Mystique. My wife’s crazy about that perfume. It’s like an addiction with her. If I come back from a trip and don’t pick up a bottle of Mystique from duty-free, she tells me I don’t love her anymore. If I dare walk in the door without at least one bottle, I’m in trouble.

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We have a winner! Joshua Simpson’s photo (above) draws on Keret’s “Cheesus Christ.” Simpson writes, “The decaying sign and brazen commercialism felt right in line with the cheeseburger without the cheese and the dying man’s last words. ‘It’s embarrassing for me, and, if you don’t mind my saying so, for the whole chain.’” 
Join us at the NYC launch event for Etgar Keret on April 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. This event will include a silent auction, with proceeds going to PEN American, an on-stage conversation between Keret and Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, and a brief reading (perhaps by a mystery guest, perhaps by Keret himself). 
Thank you entrants, BOMB Magazine, and Tumblr. I hope to see lots of people on April 29. If you don’t live in New York City, there are lots of stops on the tour.

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We have a winner! Joshua Simpson’s photo (above) draws on Keret’s “Cheesus Christ.” Simpson writes, “The decaying sign and brazen commercialism felt right in line with the cheeseburger without the cheese and the dying man’s last words. ‘It’s embarrassing for me, and, if you don’t mind my saying so, for the whole chain.’” 

Join us at the NYC launch event for Etgar Keret on April 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. This event will include a silent auction, with proceeds going to PEN American, an on-stage conversation between Keret and Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, and a brief reading (perhaps by a mystery guest, perhaps by Keret himself). 

Thank you entrants, BOMB Magazine, and Tumblr. I hope to see lots of people on April 29. If you don’t live in New York City, there are lots of stops on the tour.

There’s a new Etgar Keret short story in Guernica:

“Tell me a story,” the bearded man sitting on my living-room sofa commands. The situation, I must admit, is anything but pleasant. I’m someone who writes stories, not someone who tells them. And even that isn’t something I do on demand. The last time anyone asked me to tell him a story, it was my son. That was a year ago. I told him something about a fairy and a ferret—I don’t even remember what exactly—and within two minutes he was fast asleep. But here the situation is fundamentally different. Because my son doesn’t have a beard, or a pistol. Because my son asked for the story nicely, and this man is simply trying to rob me of it.

There’s a new Etgar Keret short story in Guernica:

“Tell me a story,” the bearded man sitting on my living-room sofa commands. The situation, I must admit, is anything but pleasant. I’m someone who writes stories, not someone who tells them. And even that isn’t something I do on demand. The last time anyone asked me to tell him a story, it was my son. That was a year ago. I told him something about a fairy and a ferret—I don’t even remember what exactly—and within two minutes he was fast asleep. But here the situation is fundamentally different. Because my son doesn’t have a beard, or a pistol. Because my son asked for the story nicely, and this man is simply trying to rob me of it.

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Tick tock. Tick tock…

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Four months ago, BOMB magazine and FSG Originals announced the Something out of Something art and design contest. And now we’re down to the final seven days. We’re looking for the best in any kind of visual art inspired by or incorporating the work of Etgar Keret. At stake?

  • $500
  • A chance to have your work appear in an Etgar Keret film or story.
  • Notoriety! Fame! Fortune! Groupies!
  • Finalists’ submissions will be sold at silent auction to benefit PEN American.
  • The contest’s media sponsor, Tumblr, will also be reviewing submissions with an eye for pieces that they might want to feature on the site’s Radar.

This is it. The final few hours. If, due to large volume, you have difficulty submitting to etgarkeret.designcontest@fsgbooks.com, shoot us an email here on tumblr to let us know.