Jonathan Lethem  

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Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship.


  • This Shape We're In (2000)
Short story collections
  • The Disappointment Artist (2005)
  • Believeniks!: 2005: The Year We Wrote a Book About the Mets with Christopher Sorrentino, as "Ivan Felt and Harris Conklin" (2006)
  • They Live (2010)
  • The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. (2011)
  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011, co-editor with Pamela Jackson)
  • Talking Heads' Fear Of Music (2012) (for 33⅓ series)

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