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Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Lethem’

Journalist Pays Tribute to ‘Happy Foot/Sad Foot Sign’

Salon co-founder Laura Miller has an entertaining look today at the unlikely impact of the so-called “Happy Foot/Sad Foot Sign”, a two-sided rotating call for business that sits atop the Foot Clinic at 2711 West Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Never mind that local residents with a view of the sign take the first side they see as a potential harbinger of the day ahead. Banner respect has now moved to the pages of several impressive works of fiction:

The Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign became better known to readers outside the Los Angeles area when it appeared in Jonathan Lethem‘s 2007 novel, You Don’t Love Me Yet… The sign also appears to have inspired a passage in The Pale King, the final, unfinished novel by the late David Foster Wallace, published last month.

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Brooklyn ‘Mascot’ Jonathan Lethem Likes Life in SoCal

A lot of people found it odd when Brooklyn novelist Jonathan Lethem decided to uproot last year and head to SoCal to take David Foster Wallace‘s former teaching position at Pomona College. After all, there weren’t too many writers more closely associated with a location than Lethem was with Brooklyn. But in what looks to be a Sunday LA Times story, posted early online, Lethem says the move was much needed, and is working out well.

“Brooklyn is repulsive with novelists, it’s cancerous with novelists,” Lethem says, of why he needed to get out. “I do love New York, but it’s also unbearable to me in some ways, and I compulsively leave it behind.”

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Brooklyn Author Lethem Into Free Love, Zany Licensing

lethem_jane.jpgAuthor of everyone’s favorite book circa 2000, Jonathan Lethem, chatted up his girl Jane yesterday via the mag’s message boards, taking users’ questions for an hour. His foray into conversation with Jane‘s commenting masses appears to be just one part of a larger plan for digital buzz-drumming for his newest novel, You Don’t Love Me Yet, as Publishers Lunch reported yesterday, which the author himself bills on his personal Web site as “Free Love“:

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