Jonathan Lethem

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Looking Back on 2017: Literature
Looking Back 2017 Literature

Featuring selections by Justin Taylor, Shelly Oria, Mary Walling Blackburn, Kevin Killian, Barry Schwabsky, John Freeman, and more.

Looking Back on 2017: Literature
Looking Back 2017 Literature

Featuring selections by Justin Taylor, Shelly Oria, Mary Walling Blackburn, Kevin Killian, Barry Schwabsky, John Freeman, and more.

Geoff Dyer by Jonathan Lethem
Geoff Dyer

As the following dialogue will make clear, I’m a stone fan of Geoff Dyer, the mid-career British author who is our leading master of the undefinable memoir-essay-perambulation on diverse topics: jazz, D. H. Lawrence, photography, travel, drugs, sex, etcetera. 

They Live by Justin McNeil
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“I’ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.” Justin McNeil reviews Jonathan Lethem’s non-fiction book,They Live, an examination of the movie of the same name.

Phillip Lopate’s Notes on Sontag by Jonathan Lethem
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Who’d have guessed that Phillip Lopate’s Notes on Sontag would turn out to be a characteristically Lopatian occasion, a golden opportunity for his signature marriage of eagle-eyed erudition and vernacular ruminations and asides? 

Jonathan Lethem by Betsy Sussler
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“I’m always looking for different kinds of containers to put different parts of myself in.”

Jonathan Lethem and Lydia Millet
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“It always appears that I am on the verge of knocking out the last few extracurricular assignments—reviews, essays, stories for anthologies (or written interviews…)—and becoming what I idealize, the ‘pure novelist.’ I never am pure.”

Noah Baumbach by Jonathan Lethem
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These two New York natives discuss growing up in Brooklyn, the allure of the of the Museum of Natural History, and the perils of the autobiographical question in this instant classic from 2005.

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