Jarett Kobek presents The Future Won't Be Long

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Booksmith is pleased to bring Jarett Kobek, author of I Hate the Internet, into the store for his brilliant follow-up novel, The Future Won't Be Long, a provocative, ecstatic story of friendship, sex, art, and ambition in the twilight days of New York City’s East Village (1986-1996).


The story centers on Adeline—featured years later in I Hate the Internet—a wealthy art student in New York City who chances upon a young man from the Midwest known only as Baby in a shady East Village squat. The two begin a fiery friendship which propels them through a decade of New York life punctuated by the deaths of Warhol, Basquiat, Wojnarowicz, by the Tompkins Square Park riots, and by the rise of club kid culture. Adeline is fiercely protective of Baby, but he soon takes over his own education. Once just a kid off the bus from Wisconsin, Baby soon finds himself at the center of the club kid social scene, cavorting with Michael Alig and James St. James at The Tunnel, Limelight, and Alig’s infamous “Outlaw Party” at a midtown McDonald’s.


As Adeline and Baby both develop into the artists they never expected to become, Kobek pays tribute to the last gasps of the gritty, drug-fueled scene of the East Village as gentrifiers begin to trickle in.




“A swirling, name-dropping, drug-fueled, hypersaturated whirlwind of a novel set against the New York City of the 1980s and '90s, Kobek’s latest is a gritty coming-of-age story with quiet heart. . . . An ode to a city—and an era—long gone.”  Kirkus Reviews


Jarett Kobek is a Turkish American writer living in California. He is the author of the novella ATTA (2011) and the novel I Hate the Internet (2016), an international bestseller that has appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in seven languages.




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The Future Won't Be Long Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222489
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - August 15th, 2017

I Hate the Internet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996421805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: We Heard You Like Books - February 7th, 2016

Atta (Semiotext(e) / Intervention #9) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781584351061
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Semiotext(e) - July 29th, 2011