The Literature of the Inland Empire Grows

There was a recent examination of John Darnielle’s novel Wolf in White Van published in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin–focused primarily on the accuracy of regional locations talked about in that book–with a mention of JL’s forthcoming The Feral Detective. Your Aggregator highly recommends Wolf in White Van, as well as the music of The Mountain Goats, … Read more

Harlan Ellison Is Dead

But before he died, he managed to read aloud the first two paragraphs of Lethem’s short story Using It and Losing It, while being filmed. Ellison comically mangles a sentence in there.

Remembering Philip Roth

JL has a very wonderful, brief tribute to the late writer, alongside Gary Shteyngart and Louise Erdrich, in The New Yorker. Also, all the books mentioned in it are wonderful, but especially The Street of Crocodiles, the titular story of which was adapted into one of the greatest short films you will ever see. And … Read more

The Hidden Masterpieces Of The N.Y.C. Subway

On May 1, a new book about Philip Ashforth Coppola, who has been trying to preserve the art of the New York Subway system by recreating them in drawings, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press, with a Foreword by Jonathan Lethem. It looks like a real keeper.