Eisenberg is also a frequent contributor to TheNew Yorker and McSweeney’s. Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, BreamGives Me Hiccups is a collection of 28 short stories that explore the ridiculousness of modern-day
life. The book has been named a USA Today “Weekend Pick for Book Lovers” and a People magazine Best New Book.
Eisenberg is also the author of three plays, Ascuncion, The Revisionist, and The Spoils, which won the Theatre Visions Fund Award. His written work features stories and
characters struggling with gender identity and occasionally involve international
conflict, according to Irv Epstein, director of Illinois Wesleyan’s Center for Human
Rights and Social Justice, the sponsor of Eisenberg’s visit. The author’s presentation
is entitled “A Conversation with Jesse Eisenberg: Depicting Social Justice in a Subversive
Eisenberg’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center, 300 Beecher
St. It is free and open to the public. Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz
will serve as moderator for the question and answer session following Eisenberg’s
presentation. He will also sign copies of Bream Gives Me Hiccups after his talk.
Nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2011), Eisenberg’s acting credits include Now You See Me, Adventureland, The Squid and the Whale, The Double and The End of the Tour. He’ll portray Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v. Superman.