Literary Lions: 10 Questions with Jonathan Lethem
Johnny Temple: Who’s the first person that encouraged you to be a writer?
Jonathan Lethem: Mom.
JL: Telling them about what actually happened in my day, no wishes, lies, or dreams included.
JT: What book has given you nightmares, or otherwise appeared to you in dreams?
JL: I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew by Dr. Seuss.
JT: What book(s) are you reading right now?
JL: Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams.
JT: What is the worst film adaptation of a great book that you have ever seen?
JL: A Passage To India. “Masterpiece Theater” middlebrow, with such a great cast and a name director that everyone forever believes it does justice to the book. But the book escaped completely.
JT: What was the best movie made in the 1970s?
JL: Night Moves by Arthur Penn.
JT: Yes or no: Have you ever been to an opera?
JL: Yes—directed by David Cronenberg.
JT: Who’s your favorite author (or book) that no one’s ever heard of?
JL: Stanley Ellin.
JT: Who’s your favorite author that everyone’s heard of?
JL: Charles Dickens.
JT: What’s your favorite single-syllable word?
JONATHAN LETHEM is one of the most acclaimed American novelists of his generation. His books include Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City. The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. is his latest collection. He lives in Claremont, California. He is a contributor to Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics.
Posted: Mar 13, 2013
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