Monday, December 13 2010
John Carpenter’s They Live is “probably the stupidest film ever to take ideology as its explicit subject”, at least according to author Jonathan Lethem. He’s probably right, but that doesn’t meant that the film’s coded messages are as black and white as…well, the film’s diegetic coded messages
Thursday, March 18 2010
A second take on the most recent novel by Jonathan Lethem, which was named a New York Times Best Book for 2009.
Sunday, November 8 2009
Alas this is a meandering and fairly plotless book, one that is as bewildering as it is baffling.
Monday, February 9 2009
Full of explicit weirdness, Omega: The Unknown is the loving work of professional fan fiction.
Monday, November 12 2007
In the 20-plus years since cyberpunk threw down a gauntlet to science fiction and stormed the cultural gates, its vision has been praised, criticized, absorbed, and integrated into the mainstream. Does post-cyberpunk have something new to offer?
Thursday, April 12 2007
Sunday, March 11 2007
Lethem doesn't push the novel toward much of a plot with any sense of urgency, as though he'd left the manuscript baking in the Los Angeles sun.
Tuesday, June 6 2006
As the Eggerses and Safran Foers of the literary hype machine take childlike pranksterdom and surreal folk tales to often dazzling, uncharted heights, Lethem writes from a less ambitious but no less affecting point, imbuing well-worn genres with an almost paralyzing intimacy.
Tuesday, October 12 2004
Sometimes, you realize that the artist who once changed your life is no longer speaking about you in the way you thought they once did.
Thursday, September 11 2003
Jonathan Lethem has always been a cerebral writer with a junk-culture heart.