The Disappointment Artist: Essays

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Literary Collections - 160 pages
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In a volume he describes as "a series of covert and not-so-covert autobiographical pieces," Jonathan Lethem explores the nature of cultural obsession—from western films and comic books, to the music of Pink Floyd and the New York City subway. Along the way, he shows how each of these "voyages out from himself" has led him to the source of his beginnings as a writer. The Disappointment Artist is a series of windows onto the collisions of art, landscape, and personal history that formed Lethem’s richly imaginative, searingly honest perspective on life. A touching, deeply perceptive portrait of a writer in the making.

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User Review  - karl.steel - LibraryThing

Although I haven't read more than a paragraph of Chuck Klosterman, I'm reminded. If you're into 70s art rock, PKDick, Magritte, Godard, Kubrick, and well, finish the list yourself, this should be a ... Read full review

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Sweet and sour in the right amounts, with occasional attacks of lachrymose sentimentality and preening self-awareness, but all in all, crisp like a whip-snap and exuberant in all its tweedy, four-eyed enthusiasms. IT WAS NICE. I HAD A NICE TIME. Read full review


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Identifying with Your Parents
You Dont Know Dick
Lives of the Bohemians
Two or Three Things Dumno About
The Beards

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Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two short story collections, Men and Cartoons and The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye, and the editor of The Vintage Book of Amnesia. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Granta, and Harper’s. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.

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