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.


Jonathan Lethem

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C.E. Connelly from Manhattan

Is this book in any way related to the film, The Tennant? There seems to be some strong similarities.

Aug. 24 2011 12:56 PM

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