Paul Beatty Conjures DJ Darky's Deutschland Daze

The author forsakes blogs! Returns instead with a new comic novel, Slumberland.

The book's places, though, are half-real and half-imagined—like the titular locale: "The bar Slumberland . . . it was a place I would never go into. I'd walk by there all the time and peer into the window," and let his imagination picture the goings-on inside. Beatty began the novel with an idea about a young boy getting involved with left-wing terrorists in Germany's Red Army Faction, but no trace of that story remains in the finished book. Slumberland matches its predecessors as a portrait of a vibrant, rollicking city, like White Boy Shuffle's L.A. or Tuff's New York.

His characters do not talk to him: 
Beatty at home in the East Village.
Stacy Kranitz
His characters do not talk to him: Beatty at home in the East Village.

Some two hours later, the sun has receded, appetites are sated, and DVD recommendations have been exchanged. Alphabet Kitchen still hasn't turned up, but our interview—and lunch—have been salvaged. With evening approaching, and his favorite time of day to work beginning, Beatty finishes his now-cold burger and walks down Avenue A, in the direction of home.

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