By Jaime Clarke
Conversations with Jonathan Lethem collects fourteen interviews, carried out over a decade and a part, with the Brooklyn-born writer of such novels as woman in panorama, Motherless Brooklyn, The castle of Solitude, persistent urban, etc. Winner of the nationwide e-book Critics' Circle Award, Lethem (b. 1964) covers quite a lot of matters, from what it potential to include style into literature, to the impression of the demise of his mom on his existence and paintings, to his being an enduring "sophomore on depart" from Bennington collage, in addition to his flight from Brooklyn to California and its lasting impact on his fiction. Lethem additionally unearths the numerous literary and pa tradition affects that experience knowledgeable his writing life.Readers will locate Lethem as fascinating and beneficiant and clever as his paintings. His exam of what it ability to reside an inventive lifestyles will reverberate and enlighten students and fanatics alike. His recommendations on technology fiction, highbrow estate, literary realism, style, videos, and rock 'n' roll are articulated with el?n during the assortment, as are his reviews on his personal improvement as a craftsman.
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Five Fucks” was a story that appeared to me as a single revelation. There was a ﬂash of lightning that illuminated the landscape. All I had to do was then go back into the studio and represent the landscape that had been illuminated to me. FK: That looks like a carefully plotted story! JL: “Carefully plotted” is a funny phrase, but it’s a very deliberate story, it’s a very self-aware story. I knew what I was doing all the way through it. There’s improvisation only in the language, in the treatment.
In fact, I’m not even sure what metaphor we’d be talking about, because it doesn’t seem to me that there is one. Perhaps there is, since it’s such a reﬂexive form of operation for me— FK: People who sleepwalk through their lives. JL: People who sleepwalk through their lives. Fair enough. I can honestly claim that it never crossed my mind at any point in the composition or even subsequent to the publication of that story that at some level I’d played my usual game—which is essentially like calling a metaphor’s bluﬀ.
And I do think that there are truisms that can be fertile—the old one that I’m always hearing and agreeing with and disagreeing with is that all novels are mysteries. But I also think all novels are Bildungsromans. They’re all sagas of adolescence disguised in various ways. The second novel I wrote, Amnesia Moon, is about a man ostensibly in his thirties, but it’s absolutely an x-ray of a kind of teenage search for self among the tattered remnants of adult identities. And I think that in some ways the new book is a confession or an uncloaking of that theme.
Conversations with Jonathan Lethem (Literary Conversations) by Jaime Clarke