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  • I can't bear the silent ringing in my skull.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren't so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor, but he's a poet in black and white.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • It was good while it was good.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • The past is still visible. The buildings haven't changed, the layout of the streets hasn't changed. So memory is very available to me as I walk around.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography, but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind of insane collage of fragments of memory.
    (Jonathan Lethem)


  • Discomfort is very much part of my master plan.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • I got into underground comics fairly early on and kind of wandered away from the superhero stuff, but I was an art student and I was drawing a lot as a kid.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • I grew up with an artist father, and my parents' friends were also mainly artists or writers, so he connects what I do with his example.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • I don't paint anymore. I haven't since I abandoned it at 19, in order to begin writing seriously.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something else which extended from the visual arts into the making of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • I try not to become too regular an addict of any one subculture.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable, but fantastic writing in translation is the summit.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • It was only as I wrote about it that I began to find paths of access to feelings that were intolerable to me then.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals.
    (Jonathan Lethem)

  • I had always wanted to be a writer who confused genre boundaries and who was read in multiple contexts.
    (Jonathan Lethem)


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