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Author
Jonathan Lethem.
Publisher Doubleday  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780385534956
Pages/Publication Date 464/2011
Daedalus Item Code 34156
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(Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of 2011) What's a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what's contemporary culture supposed to do with novelists? In this book of essays from the author of Motherless Brooklyn, Men and Cartoons, The Disappointment Artist, and Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem grapples with what he calls the "white elephant" role of the writer as public intellectual, and arrives at an astonishing range of answers. On topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, Marlon Brando, and Brooklyn, as well as on such literary models and contemporaries as Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, and James Wood, Lethem upends conventional wisdom on writing and lets us peep through his own creative kaleidoscope.

"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."NYTBR

 
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