I have read some remarkable collections of short stories this year.
The best is Jonathan Lethem’s Lucky Alan and Other Stories.
Readers of this blog will know that Lethem is my favorite American writer. 548 more words
The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine stories that demonstrate his mastery of the short form.
Jonathan Lethem’s third collection of stories uncovers a father’s nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in “Pending Vegan”; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in “Traveler Home”; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street in “Procedure in Plain Air”; and a crumbling, haunted “blog” on a seaside cliff in “The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear.” Each of these locates itself in Lethem-land, which can be discovered only by visiting. 105 more words
After reading Harris’ chapter titled Forwarding, and Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence, it became apparent that both authors can agree that artistic works, specifically those of the written variety, are the culmination of years of outside influences made upon the creator of the new piece. 483 more words