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 lady in panorama, Motherless Brooklyn, The castle of Solitude, persistent urban, etc. Winner of the nationwide e-book Critics' Circle Award, Lethem (b. 1964) covers a variety of matters, from what it ability to include style into literature, to the influence of the dying of his mom on his existence and paintings, to his being an enduring "sophomore on go away" from Bennington collage, in addition to his flight from Brooklyn to California and its lasting influence on his fiction. Lethem additionally finds the various literary and pa tradition impacts that experience expert his writing life.Readers will locate Lethem as captivating and beneficiant and clever as his paintings. His exam of what it capability to reside an artistic lifestyles will reverberate and enlighten students and lovers alike. His techniques on technology fiction, highbrow estate, literary realism, style, videos, and rock 'n' roll are articulated with el?n in the course of the assortment, as are his reviews on his personal improvement as a craftsman.
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I’ll pretend to be oblivious, in the classic American tradition of artists pretending merely to tell their tales. If you asked John Ford or Howard Hawks to analyze their own ﬁlms, you got this disgruntled, “Oh, come on, you intellectuals can do 6 CO N V E R S AT I O N S W I T H J O N AT H A N L E T H E M that. ” The advantage in that is that it throws oﬀ the yoke of certain kinds of questions. Sometimes it seems oppressive even to acknowledge my own awareness, which is in fact a hyperconsciousness, of category and genre issues, both on the practical level of marketing my books and on the deep level of the sources and inspirations and even the writing process.
I guess I feel it’s a traditional pessimism. I don’t identify with any kind of simplistic Luddite position, but I think there’s a strain of exciting and healthy and vibrant skepticism about technology in some sf . . Here’s where I’ll take your question and divide the two stories. “Walking the Moons” I would class with “‘Forever,’ Said the Duck”  and a recent story called “How We Got in Town and Out Again”  as a sequence where I’m speciﬁcally skeptical about claims being made for virtual reality technologies.
Moving from absurdist silence to noise: What music do you listen to? Do you listen to music when you write? JL: I do, constantly, yeah. I listen to a lot of diﬀerent music. A lot of what I guess is called alternative rock, or the precursors to alternative rock. And jazz and funk and R&B and doo-wop and singer-songwriters. Lots and lots and lots of popular music. It’s easier to list the things I don’t listen to. I don’t listen to heavy metal and I don’t listen to fusion and I don’t listen to classical music.