By Jonathan Lethem
The bestselling and liked writer of Motherless Brooklyn and The citadel of Solitude grants a searing love letter to the town that has encouraged his most interesting work.
Chase Insteadman, former baby tv celebrity, has a brand new function in life—permanent visitor at the top East facet banquet circuit, the place he's consigned to discuss his astronaut fiancée, Janice Trumbull, who's trapped on a circling area Station. an opportunity stumble upon collides Chase with Perkus enamel, a wily popular culture guru with a vicious conspiratorial streak and the simplest marijuana on the town. regardless of their disparate backgrounds and trajectories Chase and Perkus notice they've got much in universal, together with a solid of associates from all walks of existence in Manhattan. jointly and individually they try to outline the indefinable, and input right into a quest for the main elusive of items: fact and authenticity in a urban the place every thing has a price.
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I work mostly with an aide to the mayor you probably didn’t play poker with,” he said. “Her name is Claire Carter. A killer too, of a different type. ” I laughed, liking how Abneg checked Thatcher’s one-upmanship with one-downmanship. Georgina laughed too. Maybe Abneg would land his ostrich-woman after all. At the appointed time the Woodrows’ table turned its searchlight on my woe. I played my part in what was a kind of kabuki enactment. There wasn’t any real news—like the whole city, they’d devoured Janice’s famous epistles from outer space.
I wondered which work she meant. Was she a fan of Martyr & Pesty? Few bragged of this. And Sharon, attractive as she was, seemed a bit old for that sitcom’s heyday. She was being polite, I decided, or coy. I joined in gazing at the drawing. “Laird Noteless,” said Naomi, naming the artist. ” I asked Naomi. She shrugged no. “There’s nothing to deal. Noteless doesn’t usually let go of his sketches. He likes to hoard or destroy the evidence, leave only the major works behind. ” said Sharon Spencer, surprised.
I only wondered if they might somehow be two sides of the same coin…” Or two ways of peering out of the same skull, I thought but didn’t say. “I can’t even begin to explain. ” “I’m sorry,” I said spontaneously, wanting to calm him. ” He’d spat out a gobbet of burger in his fury at refuting me. ” “Ellipsis is like a window opening, Chase. Or like—art. ” The clot of chewed beef sat beside his napkin, unnoticed except by me. ” He’d persuaded me. It hadn’t taken much. I wanted to persuade him, now, to see an Eastern healer I knew, a master of Chinese medicine who, operating out of offices in Chelsea, and with a waiting list of six months or more, ministered to Manhattan’s wealthy and famous, charming and acupuncturing away their ornate stresses and decadent ills.