César Aira is an exceptionally prolific Argentine author, many of them short, playful, and humorous. His method has been described as “flight forward,” where, without editing, he pushes forward, writing himself out of the traps he's ensnared himself in. His novella, The Literary Conference, is about a man named César Aira, who, in the first chapter alone, solves a century-old pirates' riddle and unearths a vast fortune. The character Aira has much grander ambitions, and is en route to a literary conference where he plans to clone which Mexican writer and conquer the world?


It feels so weird when I sold it to them. It's like, I gave you that popcorn. I like scooped it out myself and put it in the bag and handed it to you and you paid me and said thank you. And now it's all over the floor.