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Thursday, January 24 2013

The Best Non-Fiction of 2012

Memoirs in graphic novel form blur the line that snakes between non-fiction and fiction; humorists and pulitzer prize winners delight, inform and terrify us; the real world, artfully penned, opens itself into a book, vulnerable, yet daring us to look. Here is the best of what we saw.


Wednesday, December 19 2012

The Best Music Books of 2012

This year's best books about music include thought-provoking reads on how music works, in-depth histories of the underground, and soul-searching autobiographies from legendary (and not-so-legendary) performers.


Thursday, February 23 2012

The Best Non-Fiction of 2011

Books have a long shelf-life. A loved book may outlast its original owner by a generation – or more -- if well cared for. With that in mind, we recall our best loved books of 2011 here, well into 2012. Better late than never...


Reviews

Wednesday, October 9 2013

Fighting the Good or Mediocre Fight, Over Six Decades

Jonathan Lethem's family saga, Dissident Gardens, recalls Saul Bellow or Philip Roth’s urban intellectuals battling Jewish angst.


Wednesday, June 13 2012

Dread Amongst Swirling Dislocation: The Talking Heads' 'Fear of Music'

Jonathan Lethem shows that Fear of Music is an album for people who won't let their fear of art keep them from breaking their already broken hearts.


Thursday, November 10 2011

'The Ecstasy of Influence': Lethem and his WordHoard

Jonathan Lethem invites us to the ecstasy of intertextuality, to the intertwining of thousands of words with our selves. This guy is a great writer -- and a great reader.


Monday, December 13 2010

'They Live': A Polemic Ripe with Ambiguities

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


Sunday, November 8 2009

Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

Alas this is a meandering and fairly plotless book, one that is as bewildering as it is baffling.


Blogs

Thursday, March 18 2010

Re: Reading Chronic City

A second take on the most recent novel by Jonathan Lethem, which was named a New York Times Best Book for 2009.


News

Thursday, February 24 2011

A sunny move for New Yorker Jonathan Lethem

CLAREMONT, Calif. — On a typical winter day, the Bard of Brooklyn's Boerum Hill steps out onto the sidewalk to go to work. He wears only


Wednesday, April 11 2007

A lighter turn for a writer who favors twists

As Jonathan Lethem's novels go, You Don't Love Me Yet is, well, pretty tame and usual. It's not set on a strange planet like his


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