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More Alive and Less Lonely

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M's finest writing on writing with new and previously unpublished material including impassioned appreciations of forgotten writers. This witty and sometimes pretentious collection of essays and witticisms demonstrate that Jonathan Lethem is such a lover of all things fiction non fiction and film that his brain is definitely all over the place but with a passion and love for anything creative; and perhaps open in the realm of possibilities I really enjoyed his essays on Philip Roth Kazuo Ishiguro and Malcolm Braly and Mr Lethem is great at getting you to pick up a book or two

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And overlooked books razor sharp critical essays and personal accounts of his most extraordinary literary encounters and discoveries. Lethem is literature’s ultimate fanboy something he celebrates in this assemblage of reviews literary introductions and bird walks from the last 20 years or so In it we observe Lethem’s signature esoteric fascination with books records even slices of pizza He is a champion of unknown authors yet also claims luminaries like Kafka for himself The collection offers a comprehensive view of his evolution as a critic — from the “erratic booklust” of his teens to the distinct intellectualism and genial crankiness of his current workRead at The New York Times Book Review

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A new collection of essays that celebrates a life spent in books More Alive and Less Lonely collects over a decade of Jonathan Lethe. This book was a big disappointment I had not read any Lethem before trying this collection of essays I was expecting a meditative collection of essays on writers and books Instead it was just a New York Mishmash of articles and set pieces sold as essays Nothing impressive here Save your money Les Mères des croyants pieces sold as essays Nothing impressive here Save your money


10 thoughts on “More Alive and Less Lonely

  1. says:

    Lethem generally provides enough essays in any given collection that are certainly eye opening and have the tendency to teach us something we did not know Throughout his writing career he has proven to be adept at this exercise And in More Alive and Less Lonely this is again the case However and for the most part what actually interests Lethem in this book bores me to death But when I eventually trudged my way to his essays and reviews on Thomas Berger I was immediately struck with how fortunate I was to have continued reading And then I happened on the Bob Dylan piece which again made me grateful for not uitting on him Lethem does that to me He can win me over in no small measure With still another 15% of the book to read I found myself sampling kindle editions of Berger’s work and then ordering whole copies to add to my ueue to read And for those moments I was excited again by literature which is a feeling I get that most agrees with me Life in general is not that way Often there is much too much reality to deal with Truth is I love a good escape And on this very day I cannot thank Lethem enough for providing me with additional exits from which to choose from


  2. says:

    Another tedious anthology of writing referencing exclusively male authors There's nothing wrong with male authors but Letham needs to expand his circle of reading or at the very least title his book accurately On Books by Male Authors


  3. says:

    This book was a big disappointment I had not read any Lethem before trying this collection of essays I was expecting a meditative collection of essays on writers and books Instead it was just a New York Mishmash of articles and set pieces sold as essays Nothing impressive here Save your money


  4. says:

    This witty and sometimes pretentious collection of essays and witticisms demonstrate that Jonathan Lethem is such a lover of all things fiction non fiction and film that his brain is definitely all over the place but with a passion and love for anything creative; and perhaps open in the realm of possibilities I really enjoyed his essays on Philip Roth Kazuo Ishiguro and Malcolm Braly and Mr Lethem is great at getting you to pick up a book or two


  5. says:

    I love Lethem and I love him most when he is writing about books This is an awesome collection and it is filled with new books to hunt down and devour


  6. says:

    Lethem's tone in this collection of reviews and literary criticism reminds me of debating books and music with your smartest funniest friend who will still love you after it's over Such fun


  7. says:

    Two decades worth of critical essays reviews and anthology pieces make up this collection from Jonathan Lethem He's no stranger to writing having published 10 novels previously and countless other articles and projects I am blown away by Lethem's critical insights and his range of knowledge from Kafka to Roth to Wallace He writes in a way that is undeniably true even if it's an opinion piece This is going to be one of those books that is a staple for any book lover


  8. says:

    I love Jonathan Lethem The only writer I know who can use words like 'japery' and 'insouciance' next to 'Batman' This is just a collection mostly of introductions he's written to other books which maybe sounds dry but collected together it turns out to be a powerful reflection of his relationships to well books and writers This collection does a better job of that than essays explicitly reflecting on writing because of that unintentionality this accidental collection I can't imagine as he wrote each of these he intended to portray his views and methods in a certain light yet collected together they all accidentally show the same person someone who revels in the joy of all books a rigorous interrogator fearless speculator unafraid to be wrong backed with a boundless love for sci fi and litfic alike So as I was reading this I got not only a great number of additions to my To Be Read list but also a better picture of Lethem as a reader a window into the inimitable way he experiences books The books he introduces range from typical litfic stars like Ishiguro McElroy Knausgaard Roth and Pynchon; to that weird time period of American ? fiction I have seemed to avoid completely that dads seem to like like Malamud Cheever and Fuchs; to whatever Phillip K Dick can be classified as Lethem is somehow always an uplifting writer Even in his most gritty hopeless noirs there's always some comedy lurking some inspiration or bright eyed curiosity about humanity humming in the background This comes through in these introductions where he's radiant but not sentimental The characters in these pieces are musicians and fans sometimes also disc jockeys or producers or family members but above all the characters in these stories are the writers themselves chasing leads pitching angles making lists constructing impossible gossamer theories sprawled wrecked in depression on their couches envying their heroes arguing with their friends changing stations listening listening always listening Faking it We're all faking it even Greil Marcus Thank God too It's literally the best and most human thing we can do Here we get flashes of him as an author where he states strongly his view on covers Though I ordinarily hate illustrational approaches to my writing and have fought like a cornered terrier repeatedly to get art directors from major publishers to revert to jacket designs that consist purely of metaphorical or abstract imagery or of font And how starting out he had misconceptions about how to break into the scene Perhaps I fantasized that by contacting a figure in the literary world I'd discover the hidden entrance to that world so I might pass through myself Yet Tom's literary world seemed to consist of rereading Frank Norris's McTeague working his way through Kafka in the original German and watching Laird Cregar Movies; I still remember my astonishment when he replied to my mention of Don DeLillo by saying he'd never heard the name As I was reading I'd hoped he'd contemporaneously step in and add some meta commentary on the introductions themselves—and he does A few times there are footnotes which he wrote in response to his own introductions The Ishiguro one is great where he honestly denounces what he said before and isn't afraid to say he was wrong or changed his mind Partway through I also thought it'd be nice if they included introductions to things that weren't novels or anthologies—and they do Near the end you get some of the best pieces his introduction to a pizza directory New York of course and a cookbook


  9. says:

    Lethem is literature’s ultimate fanboy something he celebrates in this assemblage of reviews literary introductions and bird walks from the last 20 years or so In it we observe Lethem’s signature esoteric fascination with books records even slices of pizza He is a champion of unknown authors yet also claims luminaries like Kafka for himself The collection offers a comprehensive view of his evolution as a critic — from the “erratic booklust” of his teens to the distinct intellectualism and genial crankiness of his current workRead at The New York Times Book Review


  10. says:

    I rarely pass on a Lethem book Even though i feel i’ve come up short on some of his stories there’s always some great insight that i find some are small gems nuggets or Mother Lodes This is a varied collection of musings on books writers writing movies culture and reading from Lethem Some essays or review like articles were easy in others reuired a little knowledge of the material being an avid reader movie watcher and culturally aware individual that helped but its a rare bookworm that can widely span across so many known and lesser known books So maybe i knew a third to half of the writers or works referenced make this a mostly enjoyable and relatable read As for the other half or so this was a little overwhelming for me in a few areas and it makes me want to add to my read list


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