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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is officially responsible for any indigestion I get eating Nouveau Palais burgers. His descriptions of Jackson Hole cheeseburgers make me green with envy, as does the prospect of beginning my day at the Criterion Collection offices, a locale that Chase Insteadman negotiates with bemused interest.



That's right ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Lethem's Chronic City is now available in store. The book came out October 13th and promises to be a hit. It explores Manhattan through the eyes of a pop culture critic and a washed-up child actor. They negotiate all of its corners, visiting hole-in-the-wall diners and high-class dinner parties on Park Avenue, riding subway trains, cabs, and cramped elevators.

From the jacket: "Like Manhattan itself, Jonathan Lethem's masterpiece is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world, and a place utterly unique."

I'm midway through Motherless Brooklyn as I type this, and looking so forward to the day when I can make a proper commitment to Chronic City.

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