Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn
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 >>
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 >>
Melissa Febos knows from sexy vegetarians.
Melissa Febos hosts the Mixer reading series at the Cakeshop on the Lower East Side, a delightfully low-key and hip night of live music and literature where one might see Jonathan Lethem read his latest work or witness Pulitzer-prize winning poet Pau ... More >>
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 >>
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 P ... 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 >>
Rebecca SmeyneStill so mad I missed this...
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 b ... 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
Although a hardcover edition of its 10-issue run was published in October, novelist-essayist Jonathan Lethem's audacious rema ... 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 Le ... More >>