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The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
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Aug 14, 07

it was ok
bookshelves: nonmedieval_nonfiction
Recommended for: boys
Read in August, 2007

Although I haven't read more than a paragraph of Chuck Klosterman, I'm reminded. If you're into 70s art rock, PKDick, Magritte, Godard, Kubrick, and well, finish the list yourself, this should be a treat. I'm into those things too, but what boy isn't? But this boy likes to learn something when he reads.

Then there's the 'densely allusive' quality of the essays. Er. Watch for the echo from Finnegans Wake, congratulate yourself for catching it, berate yourself for your self-congratulation given the obviousness of the allusion, and then wonder why it's there at all. Hella Catchall Egotism?

For nostalgics only. I wish I hadn't read it.

And I suppose I just don't see the point of memoir, a genre Lethem does nothing to justify.

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