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Jonathan Lethem on A Meaningful Life

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Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City, discusses L. J. Davis’s 1971 novel, A Meaningful Life, with Leonard Lopate on WNYC:

Lethem, who grew up near where Davis lived, wrote the introduction to the NYRB Classics edition of A Meaningful Life, published in 2009.

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  1. Oh, I loved that book. It’s almost painful to read at times, it’s so honest and brutal and unflinching, but it’s also incredibly funny at other points. It makes a nice balance to the sometimes too nostalgic accounts we get of the chaos cum Thunderdome that was 1970s New York.

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