Alphabet Soup

Etgar Keret
Stories, poems, thoughts & more stories: the Alphabet Soup in my mind just keeps simmering.
Created 09 Apr 2021
  • Breaking the pig
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 4
    When I was five years old, a family friend who lived overseas came to visit, bringing gifts for my siblings and me. I don’t remember what my brother and sister got, only that of all the packaged prese...
  • The 100 Days Email
    18 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 15 4
    It’s hard to believe, but Alphabet Soup is one hundred days old today! For me, the first few months of the newsletter have been an extraordinary experience. In the thirty years prior, I’d never writte...
  • Master Lock 5 key combination key safe
    16 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 16 0
    When May-Zhee, my beloved Riverhead publicist, suggested that I write a piece about a consumer product that I’d bought and wanted to recommend to The New York Magazine readers, I became mega-stressed....
  • Truth or Dare
    12 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 29
    This is a thread where you’ll be able to ask me questions, or, if you’re paid subscribers, challenge me to a dare photo by Shira Geffen Alphabet Soup’s “Truth or Dare” is a lot looser than the classic...
  • Lemonade
    09 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 11 9
    I’ve never really understood the expression, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” One reason is that I very much like lemons but I’m not a big fan of lemonade. The other reason is that what this...
  • Life, Unannotated
    05 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 11
    Every morning, when I use the elevator in the Berlin building where Shira, Lev and I live, my eyes lock in, as if hypnotized, on the manufacturer’s sticker on the elevator wall, which seems to offer a...
  • A thousand words
    02 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 15 5
    Two years ago, I was asked by the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph to write a short piece about a photograph dear to my heart. As someone who doesn't really have any photo albums, this was a very...
  • Squirrels
    29 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 16 6
    To Danna & Omri The Matchbox Story challenge was especially difficult this month, and not because the ideas you sent in weren’t good. A few of them were simply excellent, but I didn’t quite know how t...
  • The Most Exciting Moment of Alma’s Life
    26 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 14 1
    I wrote this text almost thirty years ago, for a comic book spread that the comic artist Rutu Modan and I published in a local Israeli newspaper. It was just after I broke up with my girlfriend. At th...
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