The Arrest
Ecco Press, 2020

“An exuberantly clever and knowing post-apocalyptic dystopia. . [Lethem is] a writer of abundant literary gifts who applies them with unapologetic enthusiasm.  Extremely strange, twistily plotted, fizzingly written and lingeringly mysterious.”
— Telegraph (UK)

The Arrest is a speculative wonder, a joyfully shaggy and unapologetic page-turner of a tale. It is that rare work that manages to be both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time, somehow evoking all sides of what happens after the end. Simultaneously a celebration and condemnation of human nature, it’s a compelling read from one of his generation’s finest writers.”
— The Maine Edge

“Lethem cleverly builds on and subverts the tropes of postapocalyptic dystopias, mixes in a metafictional element, and expertly mines the nature of storytelling and its power to enchant. An inventive and intelligent speculative tale.”
— Booklist

“As a writer gifted at playing with genre forms and riffing on popular culture, (Lethem) enjoys tweaking dystopian-novel conventions.”
— USA Today

“Rarely has a novel approached the sheer pleasure of The Arrest. This is a dystopian novel in thrall to its own genre, full of knockabout comic book bravado, with regular knowing nods to literary and cinematic history. It is, in short, a blast.”
— The Observer (London)


The Feral Detective
Ecco, 2018

The Feral Detective investigates our haunted America in all its contemporary guises — at the edge of the city, beyond the blank desert, in the apartment next door. It’s a nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem’s trademark verve and wit.”
—Colson Whitehead

“Like The Crying of Lot 49 as written and directed by Elaine May, The Feral Detective is hilarious and terrifying and wrenching. Phoebe is one of the grandest, funniest heroes I’ve come upon in a long time.”
—Megan Abbott

“Wild, urgent, and very funny. As always, Lethem writes knowingly and brilliantly about weird, off-the-grid, wayward America. In his ever-more-electric prose, he illuminates both the barbarity and the beauty.”
—Dana Spiotta

“A funny but rage-fueled stunner. . . . Both [characters] are compelling, as are the desert setting and the vividly realized descriptions of its dwellers.  An unrelentingly paced tale. Utterly unique and absolutely worthwhile.”
Booklist (starred review))

“Surrealistic, genre-bending. . . . The personal nature of Phoebe’s tectonic shift in the desert is palpable, made flesh by Lethem’s linguistic alchemy. . . . A haunting tour of the gulf between the privileged and the dispossessed.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review


A Gambler’s Anatomy
Doubleday, 2016

“In his new novel, he seems to be channeling (and, as usual, transforming) both Thomas Pynchon and Ian Fleming…in short, just another day in Lethemland, as strange and wondrous in its way as anyplace imagined by L. Frank Baum.”
Chicago Tribune

“A thoughtful, first-rate novel that also happens to be a page-turner.”
New York Times Book Review

“Delightfully weird…”

A Gambler’s Anatomy will lead more than one reader to rummage around in the back of their closet (or local toy store) for a backgammon set…mesmerizing, twisty, fearless.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“An effortless blend of comic hijinks and madcap tragedy…Lethem serves up a punchy, stylish, relentlessly entertaining novel.”
Star Tribune


Dissident Gardens
Doubleday, 2013

“Lethem is as ambitious as Mailer, as funny as Philip Roth and as stinging as Bob Dylan…Dissident Gardens shows Lethem in full possession of his powers as a novelist, as he smoothly segues between historical periods and internal worlds…Erudite, beautifully written, wise, compassionate, heartbreaking and pretty much devoid of nostalgia.”
Los Angeles Times

“A righteous, stupendously involving novel about the personal toll of failed political movements and the perplexing obstacles to doing good.”
Booklist, starred review

“A novel jampacked with the human energy of a crowded subway car…It’s a big book set in small spaces – kitchen, classroom, folky nightclub – that keep its battles personal at all times…[A] wild, logorrheic, hilarious and diabolical novel. Those who reflexively compare Mr. Lethem to other Jonathans, like Jonathan Franzen, would be better off invoking Philip Roth.”
The New York Times

“A stunning new novel…Spanning several major events — from 1930s McCarthyism through the recent Occupy Wall Street movement —  and featuring an imaginative nonlinear time sequence so that the novel’s particulars arrive at unexpected moments, this work is a moving, hilarious satire of American ideology and utopian dreams…Lethem enthusiasts may find this to be his best yet. Very highly recommended.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel, Dissident Gardens, is a tour de force, a brilliant, satiric journey through America’s dissident history from 1930s-era communism to today’s Occupy movement.”
— The Star Tribune


Chronic City

“Astonishing….Knowing and exuberant, with beautiful drunken sentences that somehow manage to walk a straight line…..Turbocharged….Intricate and seamless….A dancing showgirl of a novel, yet beneath the gaudy makeup it’s also the girl next door: a traditional bildungsroman with a strong moral compass.”
New York Times Book Review

Chronic City is a feverish portrait of the anxiety and isolation of modern Manhattan, full of dark humor and dazzling writing….proves both funny and frightening.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Exuberant literary revving…..Lethem’s vision of New York can approach the Swiftian. It is impressively observant in its detail and scourging in its mocking satire. There are any number of wicked portraits….His comments on New York life are often achingly exact….So pungent and imaginative”
The Boston Globe

“Ingenious and unsettling…Lethem pulls everything together in a stunning critique of our perceptions of reality and our preconceptions of the function of literature.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Exquisitely written…Funny and mystifying, eminently quotable, resolutely difficult, even heartbreaking, “Chronic City” demonstrates an imaginative breadth not quite of this world.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A fluid sense of reality pervades these pages, which explore high society, urban politics, avant-garde art, celebrity mania and the dangers of information overload in an age where context is devalued or ignored….the quality of Lethem’s prose and the exuberance of his imagination are reasons enough to read it…..When it comes to style, Lethem has few equals.”
Miami Herald


You Don’t Love Me Yet
Doubleday, 2007

“Smart and funny . . . a biting satirical take on the intersection of art and commerce, integrity and façade. . . . A send up of all things cool.”
Los Angeles Times

“Fit to be devoured over a weekend.”
Rolling Stone

“A gentle and hip romantic comedy [that] breezes through LA’s iconoclastic anonymity with a refreshing sincerity.”
The Independent

“His best since Gun, With Occasional Music . . . what makes the book sing are Lethem’s accounts of what happens when a crowd on the street hears a band inside a building . . . or when for a moment four musicians understand each other better than anyone of them understands him or herself.”
—Greil Marcus, Interview


The Fortress of Solitude
Doubleday, 2003

“Magnificent. . . . [A] massively ambitious, profoundly accomplished novel.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

“Glorious, chaotic, raw. . . . One of the richest, messiest, most ambitious, most interesting novels of the year. . . . Lethem grabs and captures 1970s New York City, and he brings to it a story worth telling.”

“A tour de force . . . Belongs to a venerable New York literary tradition that stretches back through Go Tell it On the MountainA Walker in the City, and Call it Sleep.”
The New York Times

“The finest novel of the year, by far, and likely of the past five. . . . Better than a movie, better than a symphony, better than a play, and better than a painting, because it is all of them.”
Austin Chronicle


Motherless Brooklyn
Doubleday, 1999

“The best novel of the year. . . . Utterly original and deeply moving.”

“Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora.”

“Finding out whodunit is interesting enough, but it’s more fun watching Lethem unravel the mysteries of his Tourettic creation. In this case, it takes one trenchant wordsmith to know another.”

“Immerses us in the mind’s dense thicket, a place where words split and twine in an ever-deepening tangle.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Who but Jonathan Lethem would attempt a half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette’s syndrome?…The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity…Jonathan Lethem is a verbal performance artisit…Unexpectedly moving.”
The Boston Globe

“With one unique and well-imagined character, Jonathan Lethem has turned a genre on its ear. He doesn’t just push the envelope, he gives it a swift kick… A tour de force.”
The Denver Post

“Wonderfully inventive, slightly absurdist… [Motherless Brooklyn] is funny and sly, clever, compelling, and endearing.”
USA Today

Girl in Landscape
Doubleday, 1998

“One of the most original voices among younger American novelists….Jonathan Lethem’s imagination [is]…marvelously fertile.”

“Lethem is opening up blue sky for American fiction.”-
Village Voice

“Complex, scary and finally moving.”
Atlanta Journal & Constitution

As She Climbed Across the Table
Doubleday, 1997

“In this witty but telling new work from the author of The Wall of Sky, the Wall of Eye , our hapless narrator has completed his dissertation on “Theory as Neurosis in the Professional Scientist” and landed a job at the University of North California at Beauchamp (pronouced beach ’em), where he studies academic envirorments, producing “strong but irrelevant work” and falling for physics professor Alice. But Alice is too caught up in Professor Soft’s notorious experiment with a vacuum intelligence called Lack to pay her lover much heed, and soon Lack is the real love of her life. This is not your typically insular campus comedy; Lethem has something bigger in mind, and he succeeds admirably in skewering our pretensions, technological or not, in language that gently mocks the way we hide behind jargon. An ironical book that is, ironically, quite poignant.”
Library Journal


Amnesia Moon
Harcourt Brace, 1995

“A hip, updated conflation of Harlan Ellison’s A Boy and His Dog and Jim Thompson’s The Alcoholics. Jonathan Lethem escorts us down an impossibly post-terminal Route 66, kicking and screaming and loving every minute of it.”
– Barry Gifford, author of Wild At Heart

“An author to be reckoned with . . . A social critic, a sardonic satirist like the Walker Percy of Love in the Ruins. But with Amnesia Moon, Lethem slips out of the shadow of his predecessors to deliver a droll, downbeat vision that is both original and persuasive.”

Gun,With Occasional Music
Harcourt Brace, 1994

“Marries Chandler’s style and Philip K. Dick’s vision . . . An audaciously assured first novel.”

“Marvelous . . . Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous and highly readable entertainment.”
-San Francisco Examiner



Lucky Alan and Other Stories

“Lethem is, of course, a king of sentences…. Lethem works in an interesting literary space between realism and absurdism, modernism and postmodernism, satire and a particular brand of DeLillo-inspired darkness…. His talent is large and, as these stories demonstrate, his eye is as sharp as ever.”
– New York Times Book Review

“Jonathan Lethem’s imagination seemingly knows no bounds…. Comparisons might be drawn to writers ranging from Jorge Luis Borges and Haruki Murakami to Margaret Atwood and J.D. Salinger.”
— Chicago Tribune

“Rewards await the reader who commits to this slim volume…. Lucky Alan is a beguiling addition to a shelf full of uniquely inventive books by a master of genres with a legitimate claim to the much-contested throne.”
— The Miami Herald

“Typically odd, funny and easy to love…. [A] pleasing schizophrenia and a remarkable variety in affect and ambition within one collection.”
 LA Times

“[A] great introduction to the sometimes heartbreaking, often surreal world of Jonathan Lethem…”

Men and Cartoons
Doubleday, 2004

“A strikingly original collection . . . imaginative, insightful, witty and sad.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“An already dazzling writer shows us a new card. . . . Men and Cartoons ends on a note that portends Lethem’s most experimental turn yet: toward human love as [a transporting] alternate universe. . . . Lethem in a new, more nakedly personal key.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Lethem is the man to beat in fiction these days. . . . Every tale of ennui, cosmic regret and petty yearning is perfectly realized. The brevity of the book and perfection of the stories puts every other member of his generation to shame.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Compelling. . . . Effective. . . . Intelligent and poignant. . . . Strange, amusing, haunting. . . . Lethem has what musicians call ‘chops,’ or technical mastery. He can mix and match prose styles and literary genres to create glittering fictional artifacts. . . . Each of these nine tales rewards the reader in some way–through an insight, a scene or simply the force of the author’s imagination.”
St. Petersburg Times

“Bristling with familiarity. . . . Theme[s] that resonate. . . . [Lethem is] adept at letting palpable human experiences emerge from absurd, fantastical situations.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Nuanced. . . . Resonates with intense force.”

Kafka Americana with Carter Scholz
Subterranean Press, 1999

Inspired by affection…. Extremely witty and intelligent.
— Publishers Weekly

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



More Alive And Less Lonely
On Books and Writers
Melville House, 2017

“Lethem is literature’s ultimate fanboy…[His] earnestness is satisfying, but it’s his vulnerability, his willingness to expose his own flaws, that endears…Lethem’s words remind of us of our own rabid fandoms.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Incisive, colorful, and insightful…beguiling.”
Publishers Weekly

“Thoughtful and often sly…[A] standout collection.” 

“Lethem is one of our most perceptive cultural critics, conversant in both the high and low realms, his insights buffeted by his descriptive imagination.”
The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Lethem is, of course, a king of sentences . . . His talent is large.”
The New York Times Book Review

The Ecstasy of Influence
Doubleday, 2011

“Hefty and remarkable .These byways, all of which make room for eccentric flights as well as proper essays, augment the charm and impact of what Lethem prefers to call an ‘autobiographical collage,’ a phrase he lifts from Vonnegut. This influence seems only natural, for dominating all is Lethem’s prime concern always: the novel, generous, exciting, openhearted, unconventional.”
The New York Times Book Review

“He’s a novelist who has spent a lifetime creating his own subversive pantheon, a jumpy CBGB’s of the literary soul….Several of the essays here marinate in the fish sauce that is literary gossip…..feisty, freewheeling….funny”
The New York Times

“Emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble….curated selection of essays which thematically add up to more than the sum of its parts. Progressive, eyebrow-raising, Impassioned.Disarming,”
The Guardian

“The writer I most wish was my best friend….impressively omnivorous new collection of mostly non-fiction….reveal a lively, even manic mind at play across a wide and wonderful series of subjects that are threaded together, mostly, as a kind of autobiography of a would-be writer becoming a struggling writer and then a successful writer while all the while remaining a voracious reader.”
The National Post

“Conceptual ambition, sense of purpose and a fan’s evangelical devotion distinguish this collection from the typical novelist’s gathering of nonfiction miscellany…..impressively rich….In addition to being a writer who blurs the distinction between genre fiction (sci-fi, detective, western) and postmodern literature (a term he questions), Lethem writes with a commitment to sharing his enthusiasm for whatever obsesses him..”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Peppery nonfiction….provocative tour de force….thoughtful and rambunctious….dynamically juxtaposed and connected….to create a jazzy, patchwork memoir….hilarious….fresh, erudite, zestful, funny frolic in the great fields of creativity.”

The Disappointment Artist
Essays, Doubleday, 2005

“Lethem is one of our most perceptive cultural critics, conversant in both the high and low realms, his insights buffeted by his descriptive imagination.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“He fearlessly analyzes his influences–movies, books, artists, friends, parents–and his insights are highly personal, but also often universal, and thus these essays reach the highest goal of the memoir form.”
The Seattle Times

“This is a gem of a book. . . . Heartbreaking. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . A form of smuggled autobiography. . . . With a few deft strokes, the reader is left with a vivid image of Lethem’s childhood.” —The New York Observer

“Moving. . . . Absolutely fascinating. . . . Dense with allusion and insight.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“These marvelous explorations take us into the hiding places of the psyche, where second thoughts are assessed, secret-sharer sins confessed, and grief and loss redressed. In a collection as warmly engaging as it is ruminative, Jonathan Lethem shows himself to be as much a master of the personal essay as he is of contemporary fiction.”
—Phillip Lopate



The Blot
(With Laurence A. Rickels)
Anti-Oedipus Press, 2016

Talking Heads: Fear Of Music
Continium, 2012

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

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