February 26, 2014 |
A film version of Jonathan Lethem's novel "Motherless Brooklyn" has been in the hands of Edward Norton for more than 15 years. Last week, funding finally came through for the project , which is scheduled to begin filming in New York later this year. Published in 1999, "Motherless Brooklyn" is a novel about a small-time detective agency and a mobster's murder. What made it special -- it won that year's National Book Critics Circle award for fiction -- is its narrator, Lionel Essrog, and his unique voice.
March 1, 2013 |
Sean Manning loves book covers -- so much so that he created a blog, Talking Covers , to explore the design process. On Saturday afternoon he'll be at the Last Bookstore (itself the subject of this feature ) talking about book covers with novelist Jonathan Lethem. Lethem will discuss his own book covers and will reveal the one for his forthcoming novel "Dissident Gardens," due out in the fall. Book-cover designers will make video appearances. Manning, who is author of the memoir “The Things That Need Doing” as well as a blogger, answered question via email about the event, the challenge of ebook design and his favorite designers.
September 5, 2013 |
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
November 6, 2011 |
The Ecstasy of Influence Nonfictions, etc. Jonathan Lethem Doubleday: 438 pp., $27.95 Like Norman Mailer's "Advertisements for Myself," Jonathan Lethem's collection of essays and occasional pieces "The Ecstasy of Influence" resists our attempts to fence it in. I mention Mailer because Lethem does, early and often; "Influence is semiconscious," he writes, four pages in, "not something to delineate too extensively, except when we've...
February 26, 1997 |
Philip, an anthropologist, loves Alice, a physicist; but Alice no longer loves Philip. She loves Lack, instead. Lack is an experiment in futurist physics. Sitting in the laboratories of a university super-collider, it is a constructed void, a wormhole that makes all matter or energy fed into it vanish, transformed into the matter and energy of an alternate universe. That, at least, is the plan of professor Soft, the Nobel Prize-winning chief of the particle-physicist team to which Alice belongs.
September 29, 1996 |
Once, there was no genre fiction, just stories. When Homer injected gods and goddesses into ancient news events like the fall of Troy, nobody asked if it was fantasy, historical fiction or even poetry. He was just a storyteller. Today, writers who fail to fit into a category, or who straddle several genres, don't always get the recognition they deserve.