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Jonathan Lethem

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Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem discusses his new novel, Dissident Gardens, an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals that was inspired by his own family.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Lethem

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. He also told us he's a fan of Molly Ringwald movies. Find out what else Jonathan Lethem likes!

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Selected Shorts: What's Going On?

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Today’s program features three stories that explore both the physical spaces we inhabit, and how those spaces are tied to the more mysterious, emotional places in our lives.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Lethem

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Writer Jonathan Lethem was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the relationship between the novel and contemporary culture... and he also shared what his favorite comfort food is!

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Jonathan Lethem on The Ecstasy of Influence

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Jonathan Lethem talks about the relationship between the novel and contemporary culture. In The Ecstasy of Influence, a collection of new and previously published essays, he looks at the role of the writer as public intellectual, tackling topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as his literary models.

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Musical Chain Letter: Jonathan Lethem

Monday, November 07, 2011

Pass it on! This week on Soundcheck, four authors pass along an album recommendation in a chain-like fashion to the next day's guest. Today, author Jonathan Lethem leaves behind his pick for tomorrow’s guest, music critic Alex Ross of The New Yorker.

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Jonathan Lethem And 'The Ecstasy of Influence'

Monday, November 07, 2011

Pop music often plays an important role in the novels of Jonathan Lethem. But the Brooklyn native’s new essay collection, The Ecstasy of Influence, finds real-life musicians stealing the show. Lethem joins us to explain what it was like to interview James Brown and Bob Dylan, and why the Go-Betweens are his favorite band.

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Underappreciated: L. J. Davis's A Meaningful Life

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

For this week’s Underappreciated segment, Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City, discusses L. J. Davis's 1971 novel, A Meaningful Life. It’s about a failed writer who attempts to channel his creative energy into real estate, in the form of a decaying Brooklyn mansion-turned-rooming house he buys in the late 1960s. The novel raises questions about gentrification that are still relevant today. Lethem wrote the introduction for New York Review Books release of the novel, grew up down the block from Davis in Boerum Hill.

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Talk to Me: Patti Smith Chats with Jonathan Lethem

Friday, May 07, 2010

Patti Smith spoke with Jonathan Lethem about writing, CBGB, and New York nostalgia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to their conversation and Smith's song about William Blake.

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Talk to Me: Utopia and Dystopia at PEN

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Russian poet Inga Kuznetsova, Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo, Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk and New York's own Jonathan Lethem talked about utopia and dystopia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to the event here.

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Rock Critic Requiem

Monday, November 30, 2009

When the music writer Paul Nelson died in 2006, few people remembered who he was: one of the first to champion a young Bob Dylan, an influential contributor to magazines like Rolling Stone and Sing Out! -- and the guy who dared to sign the New York Dolls to a ...

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Remembering Paul Nelson

Monday, November 30, 2009

The pioneering rock critic Paul Nelson documented the rise of Bob Dylan, wrote for Rolling Stone – and signed the New York Dolls to a record label. Today: author Jonathan Lethem talks about the fictionalized version of Paul Nelson in his new novel "Chronic City." Plus: jazz pianist Gerald Clayton ...

Chronic City

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, discusses his new novel, Chronic City, a story about Manhattanites wrapped in their own world.

Events: Jonathan Lethem will be reading and answering questions with Colson Whitehead, as part of the New Yorker Festival
Friday, October 16, ...

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The Year in Music Writing

Thursday, December 13, 2007

More than two dozen stories are included in this year's "Best Music Writing" anthology. Among them: Novelist Jonathan Lethem’s in-depth portrait of the legendary James Brown and Pitchfork Media writer Nitsuh Abebe's profile of indie hero Daniel Johnston. We’ll talk with Lethem, Abebe, and the book's guest editor, rock critic ...

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Jonathan Lethem on Solitude

Friday, March 23, 2007

Novelist Jonathan Lethem tells Kurt what Superman has in common with the young hero of his book, The Fortress of Solitude. He also explains how losing his mother when he was a teenager shaped his writing.

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Lethem, Andrew Bird, Love Songs

Friday, March 23, 2007

Novelist Jonathan Lethem tells Kurt how he learned to love the solitary life of a writer. Songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird finds his muse in a barn in western Illinois. We also have a live performance from the duo that’s been called the sexiest couple in indie rock: Dean & Britta. And we announce the winner of our love song contest.

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Lethem, Bird, Dolly

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Studio 360 spends some time on its own. Kurt Andersen and his guest, the novelist Jonathan Lethem, discuss the pleasures and hazards of being alone. They’ll talk about the solitary work of writing a novel, and about musicians who ditch their bands to go solo. And we hear from playwright ...

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Special Guest: Jonathan Lethem

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Kurt Andersen and writer Jonathan Lethem look at musicians, writers and artists who embrace solitude. Some exile themselves, others don’t have a choice. Either way, the experience of being alone affects their art and their personal lives.

A native of New York City, Jonathan Lethem is famous for ...

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Solitary, Dickinson, Bird

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Is one really the loneliest number? Kurt Andersen and his guest, the novelist Jonathan Lethem, discuss the pleasures, hazards, and necessity of being alone.

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Special Guest: Jonathan Lethem

Saturday, April 16, 2005

A native of New York City, Jonathan Lethem is famous for turning genres like science fiction and detective stories inside out. He is the author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which received the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction in ...

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