White Rap

With my brother, I wrote about The Beastie Boys and “the origin of white rap”, in this book.

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Knitting The Monster’s Socks

I wrote the catalog essay, “Knitting the Monster’s Socks”, for the Metropolitan Museum’s new show Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy.

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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,

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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.

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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

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Think Again

Here is a brand-new podcast interview with JL that was just posted. It’s so new, JL refers to Emmanuel Macron’s recent appearance before the US Congress, about there not being a Planet B.

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Nancy, All Too Nancy

JL’s contribution to the landmark Fiftieth Issue of the ongoing McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern is available for view online, since the publication is sold out. Recommended as well, for those of you interested in Ernie Bushmiller’s undying character, is this remarkable in-depth book-length study of one three-panel strip.

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The Map Is Not The Territory

For JL readers interested in the process of how A Gambler’s Anatomy came into being, with insights into what he reads (DeLillo, McEwan, Dostoevsky, Graham Greene), and what he watches (Robert Altman’s California Split), and how he spins the plates, there is the latest installment in the educational podcast called “The How, The Why.” Highly

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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.

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Motherless Brooklyn. At last.

Edward Norton’s film adaptation of Motherless Brooklyn has hit the ground running — as has co-star Bruce Willis, as you can see in this behind-the-scenes clip.

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Animal Ambivalence

It wasn’t a tiger. It was a raccoon, and so, alas, we are not in Chronic City. (“They do both have black markings.”)

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A movie called LETHEM

http://metrograph.com/film/film/1022/lethem This is intriguing, and possibly awkward. A film about him, who is me. He/I looks stressed out in that still from the Metrograph website. Is the film unauthorized? Come and find out.  

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We like this.

We’re thankful, Mr. Wood. http://quarterlyconversation.com/zipping-up-the-elephant-suit-jonathan-lethems-latest-quartet

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Cluuuuuute!

No knock on anyone else, but until you’ve been read by John Clute you might not have been read at all. John Clute review

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Talking With Kleffel About Talking With Rickels

  I always look forward to seeing Rick Kleffel in San Francisco. It’s one of the best conversations a writer on book tour could hope for, and he and I have been carrying it on intermittently for two decades now. Kleffel talk.

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