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The Cake Killer

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From “ ‘Being There’ in Toronto,” a May 3, 1987, speech by Jerzy Kosinski. Oral Pleasure, a collection of Kosinski’s speeches, essays, and interviews, edited by Barbara Tepa Lupack and Kiki Kosinski, will be published next month by Grove/Atlantic. Kosinski’s novels include The Painted Bird and Being There. He committed suicide in 1991. Once a novelist is portrayed half-naked, as I was, on the cover of a magazine, his profile clearly changes. Once a novelist steps outside of his novel, he becomes a public figure. And once he becomes a public figure—you know this as well as I do—he is no …

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