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First Nighter: 'Sex With Strangers' Is Sexy With Straining

David Finkle | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Since Laura Eason calls her tense romantic comedy Sex With Strangers, audiences can be forgiven for jumping to the correct conclusion that these strangers -- they're both writers -- won't waste too much time before having torrid sex with each other.

Pending Vegan

Francis Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

The central character of Jonathan Lethem's recent short story, "Pending Vegan," (The New Yorker, 4/7/14) has just gone off Celexa. Paul Espeseth's p...

Fridays at Enrico's, Don Carpenter's No-Longer-Lost Last Book

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

And so we are given, as lucky surprise, something no one thought to even wish for, as this is the great book of what it might have been when the West Coast's writing scene coalesced as something unto its own self in all its driving, original, dynamic and even belligerent childishness.

Dissident Gardens: An Interview with Jonathan Lethem

Aimee Pozorski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Aimee Pozorski

I had known, of course, about the influence of Philip Roth on Lethem, but I had not considered until recently the influence of Ralph Ellison's 1952 masterpiece, Invisible Man.

Crimes of Passion

Allison Hill | Posted 08.01.2013 | Books
Allison Hill

My teen years are a blur of loitering and prowling, in libraries, bookstores, and books themselves. And there may have been some trespassing along the way. (The statute of limitations hasn't expired though, so I'll leave it at that.)

'Fortress Of Solitude' Becomes A Musical

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — A musical based on Jonathan Lethem's celebrated 2003 novel "The Fortress of Solitude" is heading toward New York. The Public Theater...

How A Podiatrist Sign Became A Literary Icon

salon.com | Tracy Clark | Posted 07.04.2011 | Books

F. Scott Fitzgerald's generation had its green light at the end of the dock in "The Great Gatsby," that symbol of unattainable dreams, and today's you...

Jonathan Lethem Says Brooklyn Is 'Repulsive With Novelists'

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Brooklyn Jonathan is acclimating well to his life as LA Jonathan. Lethem, that is, famed Brooklyn scribe who in the fall announced he would be movin...

Notable New Yorkers Who Fled New York

Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Brooklyn scribe Jonathan Lethem, who earlier this week announced he is moving to California to become the Roy Edward Disney Professor in Creative Writ...

Jonathan Lethem, Brooklyn Novelist, Moving To California

New York Post | JEREMY OLSHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The author of "Motherless Brooklyn" and "Fortress of Solitude," who found inspiration in the Boerum Hill neighborhood where he was raised -- and still...

Judge This Cover

DesignM.ag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books offer graphic designers, illustrators and typographers a great way to expand their portfolios. There are endless possibilities that can be explo...

Is The New York Times Biased Toward White Guys From Brooklyn?

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, two writers whose work is often referred to as "chick lit," have been tweeting and commenting in the press about Mic...

Patti Smith To Artists: Don't Come To New York

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Musician and author Patti Smith had some sound advice for fledgling artists thinking of moving to New York: don't. According to Vanishing New York,...

The Bookseller Who Became an Author and Who Once Had Been the Biggest Little film Star in the World

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

For more years than I care to admit, I had worked as a bookseller in the San Francisco Bay Area. And during my tenure as an events coordinator, I had the chance to meet a couple of acclaimed authors who had also once worked as a bookseller.

Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie Among Writers Featured At PEN World Voices Festival

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Sherman Alexie will be among the writers featured at the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of ...

Book Review Roundup

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you missed any of the weekend's book reviews from around the country, we've gathered a few here for you. "The Postmistress", by Sarah Blake The W...

Dancing With My Shelf: A Case For Book Soundtracks

Peter Bognanni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Bognanni

As it turns out, authors have been playing around with this direct intersection of music and literature for quite some time.

Paper Tigers with Real Fangs: Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City

Andrew Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrew Gorin

Last Friday night, Brooklyn born novelist Jonathan Lethem concluded a citywide marathon reading of his new Chronic City with an impressive, nine-hour performance at Bookcourt.

Miami Book Fair Going Strong This Week

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

All this week, Miami is celebrating the world of literature with its annual Book Fair. Running from November 8 - 15 and open to the public for a small...

The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2009

The New York Times | The NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After so many years, and so many lists, you might think the task of choosing the 10 Best Books would get easier. If only. The sublime story collection...

Slow Sell, or, Why Professors Matter

Amy Hungerford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amy Hungerford

The slow sell can't be done pre-publication. It requires -- wait for it -- reading. My last week's reading is a case in point: I read David Mitchell's Black Swan Green.

The New York Times' Best Books Of 2009

The New York Times | The New York Times Book Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Book Review has made these selections from books reviewed since Dec. 7, 2008, when we published our previous Notables list. It was not easy pickin...