Sufferers of the condition, known in full as Writing A Book Because Of FOMO, have been known to speak French, make up Sartre quotations and try to impress their hilarious pal Mindy Kaling in black-and-white short videos.
OK, let’s unpack that a little: There are a few layers to all of this. Novak (you best know him as Ryan the Temp from “The Office”) wrote a book of short stories. His publisher, Knopf, released a hilariously meta trailer for the book, starring Novak and Kaling as two pretentious French speakers.
French Novak is desperate to impress French Mindy, who’s holding a copy of real-life Kaling’s book, but with the title hilariously translated to “Is It Existentially Possible That the World Hangs Out In My Absence.” How to impress a book-writing girl? Write a book of your own, of course!
If you think this all sounds a little meta and layered and comedy-nerdish, well, you’re right. But we suggest giving the trailer a shot anyway. There’s a “that’s what she said” joke in there! In French! And it’s totally worth it to watch all the way through for the twist ending. (Yes, a three-minute promotional video can have a twist ending. Trust.)
How else are you spending your time, anyway? Reading a book? Psh. As if.
“One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” is due out Feb. 4.