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Jonathan Lethem's 'The Fortress Of Solitude' Is Now a Musical

Monday, October 27, 2014

The coming-of-age saga following two teenage friends as they navigate adolescence and racial tensions in 1970s Brooklyn has just been extended through Nov. 16 at the Public Theater.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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Soundcheck

Soundcheck Writers Club: Khaled Hosseini; Patti Smith; Martha Redbone; Jonathan Lethem

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

In this episode: Author Khaled Hosseini talks about one of his favorite musicians of all time: Ahmad Zahir, the so-called “Elvis of Afghanistan.” Musician Patti Smith talks about her latest album, Banga. Singer-songwriter Martha Redbone sets the poetry of English poet William Blake into song. And, writer Jonathan Lethem talks about the music essays in his collection The Ecstasy of Influence.

Selected Shorts

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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Soundcheck

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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Talk to Me

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

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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Features

Jonathan Lethem Talks Mysterious Chocolate Smells, The Upper East Side

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The BK gets no love in Jonathan Lethem's latest novel. Not even a paragraph. With the exception of two quick mentions, the born-and-bred Brooklyn author sets his sights on Manhattan in Chronic City.

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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

Freud, Psychonauts, Batman

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Kurt Andersen and Jonathan Lear look at how Sigmund Freud and his theories pervade our culture.

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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

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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