Lenny Bruce is Dead
Author Biography: Jonathan Goldstein is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Ready-Made, The Journey Prize Anthology, and The New York Times. He's a contributing editor to PRI's This American Life, where his work is regularly featured. He lives in Montreal.
anyway. this is a great book. I great pick up and read anywhere book.
it's about a guy who is sort of lost and lives with his father in NY after Mom just died. they go out for chinese food everynight. he escapes from the pain with girlfriend drama which sucks for his emotional growth but is "BOOO-YA" for readers who like to read about lots and lots of ...more
So here's the thing: I just don't get it. It's probably entirely my fault -- I probably missed some really cunning literary joke or perhaps there was something clever in the arranging of words that completely flew over my head. Try as I might this book just wasn't for me.
It wasn’t the book that caught my eye, but rather the name of the author: Jonathan Goldstein. I could hear Ira Glass saying his name. Jonathan Goldstein. I didn’t care if it was good or bad. I just wanted to read it.
The story is told in tiny concussive bursts ...more
On the other hand, I think it’s a cop out; an easy way to tell a story w ...more
The book cover indicated this was the story of Josh, who moves back to his childhood home after his mother dies. The disconnected, episodic, memory recall style of the book was quite effective as the scenes changed from moments when Josh's mother, Frieda, was a live, and moments from his childhood (childhood friends and enemies and girlfriends, and the rabbi). But overall the couple of moments of real tende ...more
Lenny Bruce is Dead isn't so much a novel as a collection of anecdotes and one-liners from the narrator's life. He spends a lot of time talking about masturbating and fantasizing about his girlfriends.
It's very funny while exposing how lost and lonely Josh (the narrator) is after his mother dies.
The thing is...after half the book, I got tired of it, and the material seemed a bit stale and not as clever.
This is definitely best read in just a couple sittings rather than the week it took me to finish.
Many of Goldstein's pieces have been featured on the PRI radio show This American Life where he is a contributing editor. From 2000 to 2002 he was also a producer of the show.
Currently, Goldstein hosts a show on CBC Radio One called WireTap, a program featuring stories told over the phone. He was also the host of the CBC summer radio program Road Dot Trip in 2000 and has contributed to s ...more