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The Book Corner // Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is perhaps the slightly neglected of the two major American Jonathans. His contemporary, Jonathan Franzen, somewhat steals his thunder, especially when the likes of Barack Obama claims that his 2010 novel  484 more words

American Literature

Read and Review: My Struggle

Review by Jack Dunleavy

What a glorious novel this is! What a revelation! 21st century literature has a saviour! His name is Marcel Proust, or, in the original Norwegian, Karl Ove Knausgaard. 1,281 more words

Opinion

Dylan in the '80s

Some of my favorite Dylan records – Oh Mercy, Infidels, Shot of Love, Saved, and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 – are from the ’80s and I’ve been listening lately to a lot of stuff I’ve neglected for too long (aside from a few tracks here and there) – … 142 more words

There is an infinite amount of hope but not for us – Kafka

 

Personal highlights of the Leipzig Book Fair included meeting Jonathan Lethem and Jenni Fagan.  Both were generous with their comments and advice.  Mr. Lethem spoke of writing Dissident Gardens because he wanted to tell the story of his mother and grandmother but not write a nonfiction memoir.  342 more words

Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Lethem

tomororow evening (thursday 13th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
free thinking: gary shteyngart and jonathan lethem

“American authors Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart discuss radicalism, belonging and the difference between memoirs and novels with Samira Ahmed.

A Very Recent Journal Entry Written After A Night of Heavy Drinking By A 25 year-old Love Sick Woman Who Uses The Word "Fuck" A Lot

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After paying for theater tickets worth almost P1300, sacrificing my sleep and neural powers and missing my Japanese language classes, all I’m left with right now is a fucking pen with his name engraved on it. 606 more words

Stream Of Consciousness

Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens

What a strange cast of characters… We first have Rose, the Red Mayor of Sunnyside Gardens, wife of Albert the German Communist immigrant who returns to East Germany and ends up re-writing historical events, such as the attack on Guernica, to the disgust of their daughter Miriam, college dropout turned activist who marries Tommy, a sad Irish folk-singer, while cousin Lenny (Lenin) lusts after her. 623 more words

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