Other Literary Forms
In addition to his prolific career as a playwright and creator of solo shows, Eric Bogosian has branched out into other written forms as well. Notes from Underground (1994), which takes its inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevski’s Zapiski iz podpolya (1864; Letters from the Underworld, 1913; better known as Notes from the Underground), is a novella in journal form detailing an isolated man’s attempts to connect with the outside world and his increasing tendency toward antisocial and sociopathic behavior. Bogosian also published a novel, Mall (2000), which focuses on the ways in which a shopping mall ties together the lives of a bizarre array of seemingly unrelated characters. The novel is part comedy and part crime thriller and contains much of the stinging social criticism found in his plays. Bogosian also wrote introductions to two books: Physiognomy: The Mark Seliger Photographs (1999), a collection of celebrity photographs, and How to Talk Dirty and Influence People (1992), the autobiography of comedian Lenny Bruce, whose standup routines laced with social criticism are an obvious forerunner to much of Bogosian’s work as a dramatist. In addition, Bogosian has also written screenplays for adaptations of his work including Talk Radio (1988), which he co-wrote with director Oliver Stone, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll (1991), and subUrbia (1996), as well as the pilot episode of the television program High Incident (1996).