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September 28, 2003


Fortress of Solitude excerpts, pt 1 of 2

Here's a little something from Fortress of Solitude, the new novel by Jonathan Lethem. A woman writes to her son Dylan on a postcard that shows a shirtless Henry Miller and a woman at Big Sur:

don't let hank fool you d
a brooklyn street kid never quits
dreaming of stickball triples
egg creams and the funnies
in his mind he's dick tracy
she's brenda starr
not venus on the half shell
love beachcomber crab
The rest of the novel up to this point (page 104) captures equally well the drifty haziness of childhood, and foreshadows the way memories of such things -- though disjointed and confused -- will anchor and haunt you.

Coming soon: page 261.

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