In what makes for one of the kookier Page Six items of recent days, it appears that The Virgin Suicides author Jeffrey Eugenides got into a physical altercation last week with a “drunken lout allegedly obsessed with his own genitalia” on the train in New Jersey. Eugenides surprised people by showing up at a Paris Review party for his upcoming novel The Marriage Plot with a black eye on Thursday. Earlier in the week, he’d taken the train home from Manhattan one night and two drunk guys were talking about their penises, or something, and a woman asked them to stop. Eugenides intervened and one of the guys punched him in the face. Later he had a photo shoot for Vanity Fair, black eye and all; the trick is to pull an Amy Sedaris and just own it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 24, 2011