Elif Batuman Elif Batuman is a writer who lives in New York. Either/Or — a sequel to her first novel, The Idiot — was published in May 2022. Essay The Filth issue The Dirt on Pig-Pen By Elif Batuman Pig-Pen was dirty — visibly so... That’s who and how he was. And yet — what was that dirtiness? Was it essential or incidental? How did it work?