Is Lethem working in the wrong genre? In this collection of non-fiction pieces culled from new York newspapers and magazines, Lethem among other things claims if he wasn't a writer he'd be a hipster book clerk. I disagree. Clearly the sheer depth and breadth of his reading and analytical insight point towards academia, and this collection ends up being perhaps a brilliant semester's worth of classes. Quite the trip 4/5 but we're left with the conundrum: if Lethem had only one more book in him, would you plead for a novel or a history of the novel?
Contains extensive references and leads for further reading. A public intellectual's touchstone