More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers

More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers

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More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers by Jonathan Lethem

From the award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Ecstasy of Influence comes a new collection of essays that celebrates a life spent in books

More Alive and Less Lonely collects over a decade of Jonathan Lethem’s finest writing on writing, with new and previously unpublished material, including: impassioned appreciations of forgotten writers and overlooked books, razor-sharp critical essays, and personal accounts of his most extraordinary literary encounters and discoveries. 
 
Only Lethem, with his love of cult favorites and the canon alike, can write with equal insight into classic writers like Charles Dickens and Herman Melville, modern masters like Lorrie Moore and Thomas Pynchon, graphic novelist Chester Brown, and science fiction outlier Philip K. Dick.
                                                                                                                
Sharing his infectious love for books of all kinds, More Alive and Less Lonely is a bracing voyage of literary discovery and an essential addition to every booklover’s shelf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612196039
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 675,854
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Dissident Gardens, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn; three short story collections; and two essay collections, including The Ecstasy of Influence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Lethem’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among other publications.
 
Editor CHRISTOPHER BOUCHER is a professor of English at Boston College, editor of Post Road magazine, and author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive and Golden Delicious, both from Melville House.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Left Bennington College after two years

Table of Contents

Introduction Christopher Boucher ix

I Engulf and Devour

The Loneliest Book I've Read 3

Footnote on Sylvie Selig 11

Engulf and Devour 15

The Figure in the Castle 19

The Big Sleep 27

The Greatest Animal Novelist of All Time 31

The Counter-Roth 45

II It Can Still Take Me There

The Only Human Superhero 55

Forget This Introduction 59

What's Old Is New (NYRB) 65

To Catch a Beat 69

Footnote 73

III Objects in Furious Motion

Fierce Attachments 83

Attention Drifting Beautifully (Donald Barthelme) 87

Rock of Ages 91

My Hero: Karl Ove Knausgaard 95

A New Life (Malamud) 97

A Mug's Game 101

Steven Millhauser's Ghost Stories 105

IV Lost Worlds

The Mechanics of Fear, Revisited 113

On the Yard 119

Walter Tevis's Mockingbird 127

A Plate-Spinning Act 129

Everything Said and Exhausted (Daniel Fuchs) 137

How Did I Get Here and What Could It Possibly Mean? (Bernard Wolfe) 143

Twas Ever Thus (Tanguy Viel's Beyond Suspicion) 147

Russell Greenan's Geniuses 149

V Ecstatic Depictions of Consciousness

Consumed 155

Gazing at Ice 161

Dog Soldiers 165

Bizarro World 167

On Two Sentences from Charles D'Ambrosio's "Screenwriter" 171

Remarks Perhaps of Some Assistance to the Reader of Joseph McElroy's Ancient History: A Paraphase 173

VI Thomas Berger and I Have Never Met (Ishiguro, Berger and PKD)

Kazuo Ishiguro 181

The Butler Did It 183

Footnote on Ishiguro 187

High Priest of the Paranoids 189

The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike 197

To Ubik 199

Life After Wartime 201

Thomas Berger 209

Letters from the Invisible Man: My Correspondence with Thomas Berger 213

Footnote on Berger 219

VII OK You Mugs

Heavy Petting 225

More Than Night 229

You Talkin' to Me? 233

New York Characters 237

Lost and Found 241

The Original Piece of Wood I Left in Your Head: A Conversation Between Director Spike Jonze and Critic Perkus Tooth 245

Johnny's Graying Teenaged Sense of What Isn't Boring (Da Capo Best Music Writing 2002) 253

Close Reading (Ricks on Dylan) 259

Rod Serling 265

Mutual Seduction 275

VIII Fan Mail

Carved in Need 281

New Old Friend (A Toast to Kenneth Koch) 285

Eyes Wide Open 289

Something About a Slice 295

Pynchonopolis 297

To Cosmicomics 305

Anthony Burgess Answers Two Questions 307

A Furtive Exchange 311

Books Are Sandwiches 315

Acknowledgments 317

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