I have mixed feelings about celebrity-written books and short stories. (And by that I mean the normally non-writing celebrities, so settle down Margaret.) On the one hand, I have no doubt that they have an easier time getting published. That means there's a lot of crap out there. (If this blog wasn't as family-wholesome, I'd cue up video of Bea Arthur reading from Pamela Anderson's "novel" to prove my point.) On the other hand, I'm not Rex Murphy and I can acknowledge that in rare cases celebrities have knowledge or skills outside of those which they are better known for.
That's a big buildup to not deliver a verdict on Jesse Eisenberg, and yet here I am. I liked the concept of "A Short Story Written with Thought to Text Technology" and it allowed Eisenberg to explore the creative process of writing, the balancing act fiction authors must face when they pull from personal experience yet must resist the urge to make it too autobiographical. It's a humorous piece, but I also think the humor dragged it down. One joke in particular (I won't share it here, you'll easily spot it) was repeated so often that it ended up getting on my nerves and nearly ruined the whole thing. Nearly.
The best I can say is that I am intrigued enough by this one particular story that I would definitely read another by Eisenberg. I owe him that much. He's a celebrity, after all.