Lipsyte was an editor at the webzine FEED. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Quarterly, The New Yorker, Harper's, Noon, Tin House, Open City, N+1, Slate, McSweeney's, Esquire, GQ, Bookforum, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Nouvelle Revue Française, The Paris Review, This Land, and Playboy, among other places. Lipsyte's work is characterized by its verbal acumen and black humor. His books have been translated into several languages, including French, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. His novel The Ask was published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010, and in the United Kingdom by Old Street Publishing. In May 2011, HBO announced development of a comedy, "People City," based on Lipsyte's work, with Lipsyte serving as writer and executive producer.
His novel Home Land was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005 and winner of the inaugural 2004 Believer Book Award. Venus Drive was named one of the 25 Best Books of 2000 by The Village Voice Literary Supplement. In 2008 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Venus Drive, Open City Books, 2000, ISBN 978-1-890447-25-0
- The Subject Steve, Broadway Books, 2001, ISBN 978-0-7679-0885-6; reprint Random House, Inc., 2002, ISBN 978-0-7679-0917-4
- Home Land, Flamingo, 2004, ISBN 978-0-00-717036-4; Macmillan, 2005, ISBN 978-0-312-42418-3
- The Ask, Macmillan, 2010, ISBN 978-0-374-29891-3
- The Fun Parts, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012, ISBN 978-0-374-29890-6
- "Dear Miss Primatologist Lady", Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance, Editors Rosalind Porter, Joshua Knelman, Simon and Schuster, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-6973-2
- "April Fool's Day", The revolution will be accessorized: BlackBook presents dispatches from the new counterculture, Editor Aaron Hicklin, HarperCollins, 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-084732-6
The test for the obsessive prose stylist who lacks an instinctive gift for storytelling is always the same: what's the minimum amount of plot you can get away with and still function within the parameters of a novel? Basically, the more style you have, the less plot you need. So if it takes little time to sketch the plot of Sam Lipsyte's The Ask, that's a backhanded way of saying it's a stylistic tour de force.
On the strength of three previous novels, Lipsyte has fashioned himself as America's bard of highly educated disgruntlement. Like Joseph Heller in "Catch-22," this puppeteer of delusional creatures communicates despair through rapid-fire dialogue, several varieties of non sequitur and cleverly coiled punch lines. "Home Land" is unforgettably structured as a profane collection of rants delivered to the protagonist's high school alumni newsletter. "The Ask" is a far more ambitious social comedy, couched in an economic anxiety that threatens grand-scale emasculation.
Sam Lipsyte’s third novel, “The Ask,” is a dark and jaded beast — the sort of book that, if it were an animal, would be a lumbering, hairy, cryptozoological ape-man with a near-crippling case of elephantiasis.
- Venus Drive, story by Sam Lipsyte, Open City (magazine). Accessed July 28, 2011.
- Staff. "Corrections", Poets & Writers, May/June 2010. Accessed July 28, 2011. "Sam Lipsyte's hometown is Closter, New Jersey, not Demarest, as stated in Failure's Fortune by Frank Bures (March/April 2010)."
- Sam Lipsyte: Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing, Columbia University. Accessed July 28, 2011.
- Rose, lacey. "HBO Developing Comedy From Author Sam Lipsyte (Exclusive)", The Hollywood Reporter, May 23, 2011. Accessed July 28, 2011.
- "The Ask by Sam Lipsyte", The Observer, Geoff Dyer, June 2010
- "'The Ask: A Novel' by Sam Lipsyte", The Los Angeles Times, Akiva Gottlieb, February 28, 2010
- "Target Practice", The New York Times, LYDIA MILLET, March 4, 2010
- "I Start From a Place of Outrage and Sadness": A conversation on humor in fiction with Elisa Albert, Steve Almond, Brock Clarke, Sam Lipsyte, Zachary Martin, John McNally, and Deb Olin Unferth in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (24.2)
- "The Dungeon Master" short fiction in The New Yorker
- "Underground No More: The Rumpus Interview with Sam Lipsyte"
- Sam Lipsyte interviewed at Gigantic magazine
- "Face to Face with SAM LIPSYTE", Stop Smiling, Alex Abramovich, February 1, 2007
- "This 'Home Land' is Your Land: The Sam Lipsyte IMterview", Gawker
- "Tip #37: Get a Head of Steam for your Self-Esteem", This Land
- "Get a Head of Steam for Your Self-Esteem" Video Adaptation, This Land
- a profile of Sam Lipsyte by Philip Connors in InDigest Magazine