Dec 25, 2020
Jonathan Lethem is a best-selling essayist, novelist, and cultural critic. His books include Dissident Gardens, Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, The Feral Detective, and Motherless Brooklyn. Lethem is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.
Lethem’s new book is The Arrest.
Jonathan ponders thinking and writing in the Age of Trumpism and the plague, how Trump may be an evil “gift” for an undead America because he has vanquished so many of the country’s myths and fables, and how “essential workers” are part of a dystopian death cult reality pulled straight from science fiction.
Lethem also reflects on his book Motherless Brooklyn which was adapted into a recent movie featuring Edward Norton.
Chauncey DeVega sends positive Christmas holiday energy to the good people who listen to and support his podcasts and other work. Chauncey also shares his personal list of “Christmas movies” – one that of course does not include Die Hard.
And as a public health service Chauncey warns the world about the various Christmas monsters which are now wandering the Earth.
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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.