10 years of hyper-focused music criticism
Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn Greenlight Bookstore Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free A quick word on Jonathan Lethem--he's awesome. That's it. Because this guy is one of our favorite native sons. The author of Motherless Brooklyn (Vintage) and The Fortress of Solitude (Vintage) has the ability to ... More >>
Following up on our post about bookseller Michael Popek's charming collection, Handwritten Recipes and Forgotten Bookmarks, here's a quick look at three recipes and the books they were found inside. Above, the Blonde Brownies found in Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn. The fat called for in th ... More >>
Trip City founder teaches comics
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Some of the nastiest union battles erupt with employers whose hearts beat firmly on the left side of the political spectrum. Partly this is the result of hurt feelings: How could my workers be so distrustful? Another accelerant is the assumption that well-meaning bosses know best, a perceptio ... More >>
Jonathan Lethem discusses They Live
The Civilians charge into the Atlantic Yards project
And you thought Rod Blagojevich got off easy: Snooki has now been booked by Seaside Heights for that time she got arrested on the beach a few weeks ago. The charge?
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Vinyl Life: Not just hitting the space bar. Photo by David Herron.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla spends an evening at S.O.B.'s with BLK JKS and returns, a bit overwhelmed: "No band on the planet right now is overplaying with the titanic, fearless, stupendously excessive gusto of S ... More >>
Gaitskill, Auster, Gessen—and Lupe Fiasco.
Aehee KangWe could tell you that this recording is from yesterday's day-ending, valedictory finale to the Brooklyn Book Festival, at which Don't Cry (and "Secretary") author Mary Gaitskill politely conversed with famed local Jonathan Lethem, as moderated by the NYTBR's Greg Cowles, but it doe ... More >>
Chronic City, the forthcoming novel from Jonathan Lethem, is among other things a homecoming: it's the first book of his set in New York since 2003's Fortress of Solitude. The cover certainly seems suited for a "searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies." B ... More >>
The Millions posts listenable soundtracks (via Pandora radio) to three books: Legs McNeil'sPlease Kill Me (MC5, Stooges, Velvet Underground, Ramones, Sex Pistols), Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life (Mission of Burma, Minor Threat, Husker Du, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfer ... More >>
New Yorker writer Ben Greenman's new novel Please Step Back is, in the tradition of Jonathan Lethem's You Don't Love Me Yet or DeLillo's Great Jones Street, a rock n' roll fantasy about a "funk rock" star plausibly named Rock Foxx. In the book, which is due out next week, Greenman bravely ventured s ... More >>
In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces. This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in Par ... More >>
Stuff White People Like #124: Hand-Wringing Gentrification Tales. Case in point: A rapt crowd, 99.9% Caucasian, packed into Park Slope's Community Bookstore for L.J. Davis's March 31 reading from A Meaningful Life, his scathing 1971 satire about a reverse-pioneer from Idaho who tries to redeem his b ... More >>
This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. Omega: The Unknown By Jonathan Lethem, Karl Rusnak, Farel Dalrymple, and Paul Hornschemeier Marvel Although a hardcover edition of its 10-issue run was published in October, novelist-essayist Jonathan Lethem's audacious rema ... More >>
His latest opens Film Comments Selects. We make him talk about it.
Granta's "Fathers" issue now appears to be mostly online, including a lovely couple of paragraphs from Jonathan Lethem on his father, the painter Richard Lethem: The picture floats. Someone took it in the Seventies, but the white backdrop gives no clue. My dad owned that wide-lapel trench coat for ... More >>
Kind of a fascinating day for investigative reporting in places I generally find links to sneakers and the like. Complex offers today the story of Blake Lethem, alias KEO, whose years as a graffiti writer and proto-M.C. provided the model, in part, for the narrator of his older brother Jonathan Leth ... More >>
Joyland, the self-described online “hub for short fiction,” gets its hands on a new Jonathan Lethem story, “Walking the Moons.” Seems like he’s been reading a lot of David Ohle lately:
video polaroidchio, music Lou Reed, h/t Kinetic Carnival The Center for an Urban Future has issued "Coney Island Visions," in which a bunch of local big-brains are interviewed about the future of the ancient seaside playground, which has suffered from the attentions of developers in recent years. ... More >>
Novelist Jonathan Lethem is well known for the beautiful invocations of pop music in his books. He's also written a fair amount of music essays, guest-edited a Da Capo Best Music Writing anthology, and even coerced fanboy bands into recording "Monster Eyes," the fictional centerpiece of his rock-and ... More >>
Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 14 Borough Hall It was a late Saturday Los Angeles Times article that broke the news of David Foster Wallace's death for most of us, and it was their book editor David Ulin's quote, describing the scene at Saturday's National Book Critics Circle Board meetin ... More >>
Granta once again takes bets on the nation's young literary talent
Theft and plagiarism are at the heart of Jonathan Lethem's rock 'n' roll novel
Fall pilots: Real deal, or no deal?
Audioshave: What sort of book could be cut in half without losing a certain something?
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In the future shadow of the Nets, a Brooklyn nabe remembers what's at stake
Our 25 Favorite Books of 2003
With the Fortress of Solitude, Genre Maestro Jonathan Lethem Immortalizes His Old Neighborhood
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