“At 47, Lethem is 11 years older than Mailer was in 1959, so he’s had time to get more reading in. But that’s hardly the biggest advantage of an omnivore who devoured a book a day on the subway in high school and has spent 15 years working in bookstores…” Robert Christgau reviews Jonathan Lethem’s nonfiction collection The Ecstasy of Influence.
- Keith Gessen on his arrest at Occupy Wall Street.
- Here’s a combination of writers we like but didn’t expect to see interacting: Mark Bittman on Philip Roth.
- Richard Nash is interviewed as part of Ploughshares‘ “Innovators in Lit” series.
- At The Stranger, Paul Constant looks at three works of crime fiction.