Chronic City

You Don’t Love Me Yet Doubleday, 2007

The Fortress of Solitude Doubleday, 2003

Motherless Brooklyn
Doubleday, 1999

Girl in Landscape
Doubleday, 1998

As She Climbed Across the Table
Doubleday, 1997

Amnesia Moon
Harcourt Brace, 1995

Gun,With Occasional Music
Harcourt Brace, 1994


The Disappointment Artist
essays, Doubleday, 2005

Men and Cartoons
Doubleday, 2004

Kafka Americana with Carter Scholz
Subterranean Press, 1999

The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye
Harcourt Brace, 1996


They Live
Softskull Press ,2010

Patchwork Planet

Omega: The Unknown Premiere
Issues 1 through 10 of Omega The Unknown
Marvel Comics, Oct., 2008

How We Got Insipid
Subterranean Press, 2006

This Shape We’re In
a novella, McSweeney’s, 2000



Philip K. Dick:
Valis and Other Late Novels
Library of America, 2009


Philip K. Dick:
Five Novels of the 1960’s and 1970’s
Library of America, 2008


Philip K. Dick:
Four Novels of the 1960s
Library of America, 2007


Da Capo Best Music Writing 2002:
The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, & More
Da Capo, 2002


The Vintage Book of Amnesia:
An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss
Vintage, 2000


New Yorker, 11/9/08

“Traveler Home” in Travelers
Photographs by Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz
Aperture, 2008

“Dear Earth”
Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance
Free Press, 2008

“The King of Sentences”
New Yorker, 12/17/07

“Lucky Alan”
New Yorker, 3/19/07

“Perkus Tooth”
The Book of Other People
Penguin Books, 2007

“Phil in the Marketplace”
Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall, 2006

“The Used Bookshop Stories”
New and Used by Marc Joseph, Steidl, 2006

“Interview With The Crab”
Bread #1, 2005

“The Drew Barrymore Stories”
Another Magazine, Spring/Summer 2005

“The Collector”
Fred Thomaselli catalog, 2004

“Vivian Relf”
McSweeney’s, 2004

“Zeppelin Parable”
McSweeney's 12, 2004

“The National Anthem”
Black Clock, 2004

“Super Goat Man”
The New Yorker, April 2004

“Fish Suspicion” collaboration with Aimee Bender
Westchester Journal News, September 2003

“The Vision”
Tin House, 2003

“Children with Hangovers”
Lit, 2003

“The Dystopianist”
Conjunctions 39, 2002

“Liner Note”
Tin House, Winter 2001-2002

“Entry of Buildings”
2001 Stories, March 2002

Chapbook of “The Mad Brooklynite”
Synaesthesia Press, 2001

“Underberg Excerpt”
Black Book, 2001

“The Spray”
Fetish, Four Walls Eight Windows Press, 1998

“K Is for Fake”
McSweeney’s 4, 2000

“Man Jet”
Nerve, January 2000

“Planet Big Zero”
Lit, Fall 1999

Esquire, September 1999

“Ninety Percent of Everything”
with James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 1999

“Tugboat Syndrome”
The Paris Review, issue 151, Summer 1999

“The Glasses”
The Village Voice Literary Supplement, April–May 1999

“Missed Opportunities”
McSweeney’s, 1999

“The Mad Brooklynite”
McSweeneys #2, 1998

“Tourette Rhapsodies #’s 1, 2, and 3”
Bombay Gin, Fall 1998

“Access Fantasy”
Starlight 2 [anthology], Tor Books, 1998

“Five Fucks”
Nebula Awards Anthology 1997, Harcourt Brace, 1998

“The Darcy Bee” story collaboration
Omni Online, February 1998

“The Edge of the Bed of Forever”
with Angus MacDonald
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 1997

“Martyr and Pesty”
Lethal Kisses, Millenium, 1997

“How We Got in Town and Out Again”
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, September 1996

“The One About the Green Detective”
Unusual Suspects Anthology, Vintage/Black Lizard 1996

Crank! #6,Winter 1996

“The Birth of Utopia Noir”
Pulse, July 1996

“The Hardened Criminals”
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology
Tor Books, December 1995

“The True History of the End of the World”
with James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct 1995

“Light and the Sufferer”
Century 1,1995

“The Insipid Profession of Jonathan Horneboom”
Full Spectrum 5, 1995

“Receding Horizon” with Carter Scholz
Crank! #5; Summer 1995

“Call Waiting”
Exquisite Corpse, April 1995

“The Notebooks of Bob K.”
From Kafka Americana
Gas, January 1995

“Willing It Over the Wall”
or the Nine Billion Names of Babe Ruth”
Crank! #4, Autumn 1994

“Mood Bender”
Crank! #3, Spring 1994

“Forever, Said the Duck”
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, December 1993

“The Precocious Objects”
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, December 1993

“The Happy Prince”
Crank! #2, Winter 1993

“Hugh Merrow”
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October/November 1993

“His Oral History”
Crank! #1, Autumn 1993

“Waiting Under Water”
Jejune, September 1993

“A Small Patch on My Contract”
Interzone, April 1993

“Vanilla Dunk”
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, September 1992

“The Speckless Cathedral”
Interzone, March 1992

“Ad Man”
Science Fiction Review, March 1992

“The Elvis National Theater of Okinawa” with Lukas Jaeger
In Dreams, Gollancz, 1992

“Program's Progress”
Universe 2, 1992

“The Happy Man”
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 1991

“Walking the Moons”
New Pathways, September 1990

“Using It and Losing It”
Journal Wired, Summer/Fall 1990

“Neighbor Bob”
Journal Wired, Summer/Fall 1990

“A Mirror for Heaven”
Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Summer 1990

Journal Wired, Spring 1990

“The Buff”

“A Wish”
Pulphouse, 1989

“The Cave Beneath the Falls”
Aboriginal SF, January/February 1989


“The Fly In The Ointment”
Preface to 100 Greatest Singers list
Rolling Stone, November 2008

“The Departed” - Review of Roberto Bolano’s 2666
New York Times Book Review,

“Infidels” The Cambridge Book of Bob Dylan
Cambridge University Press, 2009

The Encyclopedia Project

“Things To Remember”
TAR Magazine, October 2008

“Dylan Smut”
Hang the DJ: An Alternative Book of Music Lists,
Angus Cargill, ed., 2008

“Art of Darkness”
New York Times op-ed, 9/20/08

“We Happy Fakes”
The Guardian [UK], 9/1/07

“Edward’s End”
Review of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach
New York Times Book Review, 6/3/07

“The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism”
Harper’s Magazine, Feb., 2007

How I Write: the Secret Lives of Authors
Rizzoli, 2007

“Stray Gems”
sidebar, Rolling Stone, August, 2006

“The Genius of Bob Dylan”
Rolling Stone, August, 2006

“Being James Brown”
Rolling Stone, June, 2006

“Brooklyn’s Trojan Horse: An Open Letter to Frank Gehry”
Slate Magazine, 6/19/06

“Brando’s Last Stand”
Rolling Stone, May 2006

“A Figure in the Castle”
Review of Robert Calasso’s K.
New York Times Book Review, 5/1/05

“An Orchestra of Light That was Electric”
Black Clock, 2006

“Uncried Tears”
O Magazine, June 2005

“Donald Sutherland’s Buttocks”
Nerve, March 2005

“So, Who’s Perkus Tooth, Anyway?”
Washington Post Book World, 2005

“The Beards”
The New Yorker, 2005

Commencement Address
Bennington College, June 2005

Liner Note for Unfaithfully Yours DVD
Criterion Collection, July 2005

“Rick James”
New York Times Magazine, December 2004

“Otis Redding’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Black Clock, 2004

“Two Or Three Things I Dunno About Cassavetes”
Granta, July 2004

Review of Christopher Ricks
New York Times Book Review, June 2004

“Books Are Sandwiches”
Book Club Cookbook, 2004

“Bowels of Compassion”
Mortification, 2004

“Patchwork Planet”
Brooklyn Magazine, 2004

Squib on Gaddis’s “The Recognitions”
Conjunctions, 2004

“Esplanade Fugue”
Lincoln Center Review, 2004

“My Marvel Years”
London Review of Books, April 2004

Brick, 2004

“The Loneliest Book I’ve Read”
Remarkable Reads, 2004

“On It Happened In Boston?
LA Weekly, 2003

Squib on Stan Brakhage DVD
Rolling Stone, Summer 2003

“Uncertainty Principal”
Village Voice, May 2003

“Charles Dickens, Animal Novelist”
The Believer, April 2003

Liner Note for The Killers DVD
Criterion Collection, 2003

“The Disappointment Artist:
Edward Dahlberg's Recipe for Crocodile Tears”

Harper's, February 2003

“Top Five Depressed Superheroes”
Shout Magazine, December 2002

“My Egyptian Cousin”
London Review of Books, December 2002

“You Don't Know Dick”
Bookforum, Summer 2002

“Alone at the Movies”
The New Yorker, Summer 2002

“People Who Died”
GQ, August 2002

Review of “Spiderman”
London Review of Books, June 2002

Cabinet Magazine, Spring 2002

Review of New York Characters
New York Observer, December 10, 2001

“Stop Making Sense”
Rolling Stone, October 25, 2001

“Dear Stacy”
Open Letters, 2001

Squib on Geoff Dyer
Entertainment Weekly, 2001

“Further Reports in a Dead Language”
Rolling Stone, September 2001

“Nine Failures of the Imagination”
New York Times, September 2001

“The Man in the Back Row Has a Question”
Paris Review, Summer 2001

“On The Clash”
New York Observer, 2001

“Who’s Afraid of Doctor Strange?”
Bookforum, Summer 2001

“Birthday greeting to Bob Dylan”
Rolling Stone, June 2001

“Yoked in Gowanus”
Brick Magazine, June 2001

Review of Glue by Irvine Welsh
New York Times, May 2001

“In Memoriam Joey Ramone”
New York Times Op-Ed, April 2001

Liner notes for The Maggies' CD Breakfast at Brelreck's
March 2001

“Defending The Searchers
Tin House, Winter 2000–2001

“The Williamsburg Trilogy”
Tin House #2, 2000

“Book Tour Diaries”
Bold Type, November 2000

“The Lair of the Collector”
House and Gardens, 2000

On the subway series
New York Newsday, October 2000

Review of When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Bookforum, Fall 2000

“Hitchhiking in Nevada Is Illegal”
Rolling Stone, July 2000

Bernard Malamud, Philip K. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro:
Contributions to the Salon Guide to Contemporary Authors

August 2000

Review of Despair and Other Stories by Andre Alexis
New York Times, January 9, 2000

Review of Tough Tough Toys for Tough Tough Boys
by Will Self

New York Times, June 20, 1999

Review of Past Forgetting by Jill Robinson
Salon, October 1999

“Five Terrific Novels Overshadowed by their Film Versions”
Salon, October 1999

On Rod Serling
Gadfly, September–October 1999

Review of The Ground Beneath Her Feet
by Salman Rushie
Village Voice, April 1999

Review of A Cursing Brain: Histories of Tourette Syndrome
by Howard Kushner
Salon, April 1999

“Mistakes Were Made,” an exchange with Ray Davis
New York Review of Science Fiction, December 1998

Review of “Hurlyburly”
Salon, December 1998

Review of More Than Night by James Naremore
Bookforum, 1998

Review of “Gods and Monsters”
Salon, November 1998

Review of Totally, Tenderly, Tragically by Philip Lopate
Salon, November 1998

Review of “Happiness”
Salon , October 1998

Review of “Hit Me”
Salon, October 1998

Review of Gary Cooper: An American Hero
by Jeffrey Meyers

Salon, June 1998

“The Squandered Promise of Science Fiction”
Village Voice, June 1998

On Charles Finney's “The Unholy City”
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October/November 1998

“Body, Landscape, Symptom”
Boldtype, May 1998

Review of Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood
by Todd McCarthy

Salon, July 1997

On John Wayne
Salon, July 1997

On John Barth’s End of the Road
Boldtype, March 1997

On Shirley Jackson
Salon, January 1997

Profile of Jonathan Richman
Pulse! October 1996

Review of Virtual Light by William Gibson
New York Review of Science Fiction, November 1993

Review of Elvissey by Jack Womack
New York Review of Science Fiction, February 1993


Preface to:
“Daylight Noir: Raymond Chandler’s Unreal City”

photographs by Catherine Corman, Charta, 2009

Introduction to:
A Meaningful Life
by L.J. Davis

Random House, 2009

Introduction to:
Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

by Nathaniel West

New Directions, 2009

Introduction to:
Mascots and Mugs

by D. “Chino” Villorente & Todd “Reas” James

Testify, 2007

Introduction to:
The Brooklyn Novels

Daniel Fuchs, editor.

Black Sparrow Press, 2006

Introduction to:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson

Penguin Classics, 2006

Introduction to:
The Deadly Percheron

by J.F Bardin

Millipede Press, 2006

Introduction to:
Fierce Attachments

by Vivian Gornick

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005

Introduction to:
The Man Who Lost the Sea: Volume X:
The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

by Theodore Sturgeon

North Atlantic Books, 2005

Introduction to:
A New Life

by Bernard Malamud

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004

Introduction to:
Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens

Modern Library Classics, 2003

Introduction to:
It Happened In Boston?
by Russell Greenan

Modern Library Classics, 2003

Introduction to:
Meeting Evil
by Thomas Berger

Simon & Schuster, 2003

Introduction to:
On the Yard

by Malcolm Braly

New York Review of Books Classics, 2002

Introduction to:
Dombey and Son
by Charles Dickens

Modern Library Classics, 2003

Introduction to:
The Man Who Was Thursday
by G.K. Chesterton

Modern Library Classics, 2001

Introduction to:
Poor George

by Paula Fox

W.W. Norton, 2001

Introduction to:
by Walter Tevis

Ballantine, October 1, 1999


“Jonathan Lethem and Lydia Millet”
Bomb Magazine, Spring, 2008

“Birnbaum v. Jonathan Lethem” by Robert Birnbaum
The Morning News, 1/7/07

“Noah Baumbach” Conversation with Jonathan Lethem
Bomb Magazine, Fall, 2005

“The Art of Fiction No. 177”
Interviewed by Lorin Stein, Paris Review, Summer, 2003

By Shelly Jackson
Paradoxa, Volume 16, 2002