New Yorker editor Ben Greenman inserts celebrities into the stories of Anton Chekhov.
“The newest book by the New Yorker editor and author Ben Greenman, Celebrity Chekhov (Harper Perennial), takes the classic stories of Anton Chekhov and inserts contemporary American celebrities. In the published version of “A Classical Student,” Chekhov/Greenman’s protagonist is punished by a certain infamous motorcycle customizer. Here, in an alternate version exclusive to Nerve, an entirely different figure metes out rough justice. It should be stressed that every word of the story is fiction, including “and,” “the,” and “thrash.”