An Iconic Nineties Novelist Returns

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack shows that Mark Leyner's writing hasn't lost any of its irreverent, hallucinatory freshness.

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After a 14-year career detour, Mark Leyner, the prince of nineties metafiction (David Foster Wallace called his 1990 book My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist "the biggest thing for campus hipsters since The Fountainhead"), is back with a new novel.

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack (Little, Brown; $25) shows that his writing hasn't lost any of its irreverent, hallucinatory freshness. The "plot" involves a 14-billion-year-old pantheon of Dubai-based stoner gods (like Mogul Magoo, "God of the Breast Implant and God of the Nut Sack") who come to New Jersey. Nuttiness ensues. Out now.

— Lowe, associate editor at Details

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