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Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new readers-nine fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles, as Lethem samples high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime readers will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces-narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless would-be detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, and characters whose clever repartee masks lovelorn desperation as they negotiate both the stumbling path of romance and the bittersweet obligations of friendship. Among them: "The Vision" is a story about drunken neighborhood parlor games, boys who dress up as superheroes, and the perils of snide curiosity. "Access Fantasy" is part social satire, part weird detective story. Evoking Lethem's earliest work, it conjures up a world divided between people who have apartments and people trapped in an endless traffic jam behind The One-Way Permeable Barrier. "The Spray" is a simple story about how people in love deal with their past. A magical spray is involved. "Vivian Relf" is a tour de force about loss. A man meets a woman at a party; they're sure they've met before, but they haven't. As the years progress this strangely haunting encounter comes to define the narrator's life. "The Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door" is a Borgesian tale that features suicidal sheep. (This story won a Pushcart Prize when first published in Conjunctions.) "Super Goat Man" is a savagely funny exposé of the failures of the sixties baby boomers, and of their children. Sparkling with the off-beat humor and subtle insights, Men and Cartoons is a welcome addition to the shelf of the writer "whose bold imagination and sheer love of words defy all forms and expectations and place him among his country's foremost novelists." -Salon

Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new readers-nine fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles, as Lethem samples high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime readers will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces-narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless would-be detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, and characters whose clever repartee masks lovelorn desperation as they negotiate both the stumbling path of romance and the bittersweet obligations of friendship. Among them: "The Vision" is a story about drunken neighborhood parlor games, boys who dress up as superheroes, and the perils of snide curiosity. "Access Fantasy" is part social satire, part weird detective story. Evoking Lethem's earliest work, it conjures up a world divided between people who have apartments and people trapped in an endless traffic jam behind The One-Way Permeable Barrier. "The Spray" is a simple story about how people in love deal with their past. A magical spray is involved. "Vivian Relf" is a tour de force about loss. A man meets a woman at a party; they're sure they've met before, but they haven't. As the years progress this strangely haunting encounter comes to define the narrator's life. "The Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door" is a Borgesian tale that features suicidal sheep. (This story won a Pushcart Prize when first published in Conjunctions.) "Super Goat Man" is a savagely funny exposé of the failures of the sixties baby boomers, and of their children. Sparkling with the off-beat humor and subtle insights, Men and Cartoons is a welcome addition to the shelf of the writer "whose bold imagination and sheer love of words defy all forms and expectations and place him among his country's foremost novelists." -Salon
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Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new readers-nine fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles, as Lethem samples high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime readers will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces-narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless would-be detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, and characters whose clever repartee masks lovelorn desperation as they negotiate both the stumbling path of romance and the bittersweet obligations of friendship. Among them: "The Vision" is a story about drunken neighborhood parlor games, boys who dress up as superheroes, and the perils of snide curiosity. "Access Fantasy" is part social satire, part weird detective story. Evoking Lethem's earliest work, it conjures up a world divided between people who have apartments and people trapped in an endless traffic jam behind The One-Way Permeable Barrier. "The Spray" is a simple story about how people in love deal with their past. A magical spray is involved. "Vivian Relf" is a tour de force about loss. A man meets a woman at a party; they're sure they've met before, but they haven't. As the years progress this strangely haunting encounter comes to define the narrator's life. "The Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door" is a Borgesian tale that features suicidal sheep. (This story won a Pushcart Prize when first published in Conjunctions.) "Super Goat Man" is a savagely funny exposé of the failures of the sixties baby boomers, and of their children. Sparkling with the off-beat humor and subtle insights, Men and Cartoons is a welcome addition to the shelf of the writer "whose bold imagination and sheer love of words defy all forms and expectations and place him among his country's foremost novelists." -Salon

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

3h 57m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:04