Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels, the most recent of which is Dissident Gardens, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books

Every room I've lived in since I was given my own room at eleven was lined with, and usually overfull of, books. My employment in bookstores was always continuous with my private hours: shelving and alphabetizing, building shelves, and browsing — in my collection and others — in order to understand a small amount about the widest possible number of books. Such numbers of books are constantly acquired that constant culling is necessary; if I slouch in this discipline, the books erupt. I've also bricked myself in with music — vinyl records, then compact discs. My homes have been improbably information-dense, like capsules for survival of a nuclear war, or models of the interior of my own skull. That comparison — room as brain — is one I've often reached for in describing the rooms of others, but it began with the suspicion that I'd externalized my own brain, for anyone who cared to look.


— Jonathan Lethem, The Disappointment Artist


Jonathan Lethem, the Elephant Man

What "Lucky Alan" underscores about Jonathan Lethem, and what sets him apart from the rest of the herd, is his ability to speak to multiple interpretive communities at the same time....

The Exegete

Crazy people generally don’t know they’re crazy and Dick’s abiding awareness of the dubious nature of his visions makes him at worst a pathetic figure...

Half Termite, Half Elephant

A shotgun blast of multitentacled musings, it splatters the author's obsessions across the cultural landscape...

A Wilderness of Contradictions: On Soft Skull’s Deep Focus Series