Soft Skull Press
November 01, 2010
4.8 X 0.4 X 6.6 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
Jonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College. He is the author of seven novels including Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger. He has also written two short story collections, a novella and a collection of essays, and was the founding fiction editor of Fence magazine. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney's, and many other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Praise for They Live "Apparently, author Lethem was the only other person than me to take They Live as brilliant, stinging social commentary. He explains why in this great book." -- Sam Stowe, California Literary Review "Who would have thought that one of the cleverest, most accessibly in-depth film books released this year would be a smart-ass novelist exploring a cheesy-cheeky '80s sci-fi flick wherein a former wrestler combats an alien occupation via magic sunglasses? . . . [Jonathan Lethem] is able to seriously dissect the movie's message and often highbrow references, while also fully acknowledging its silliness." --Hartford Advocate "Novelist and occasional critic Jonathan Lethem pulls apart the threads of John Carpenter's 1988 science fiction film of the same title, to entertaining and illuminating effect . . . Carpenter's film emerges from Lethem's inspection a more human and mysterious work, less coherent perhaps but fully immersed in the noisy, ceaseless traffic of cultural exchange." --The New York Times Book Review "A fun read, packed with references to other films, literature and artists . . . one of the few books one would enjoy reading while watching a movie." --USA Today's Pop Candy