L. J. Davis was an author and prize-winning journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Harper’s, among other publications.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of seven novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. He lives in Brooklyn and in Maine.
The book also appealed because I love all things New York and am fascinated by the 1970's especially.
If I keep this - and I certainly shall - it's for the five precious pages of Lethemian expository matter (not that I hold a candle for Lethem qua fabulist either).
Lethem grew up with Davis' son, and we are given a short portrait of an author as quirky as the novel's characters.
any of you who appreciate Jonathan Lethem or Paul Auster should like this book. Brooklyn as character...dark humor...quirky characters...you can't beat thatPublished 7 months ago by Mary E. Dawson
Whether Jew or non-Jew himself, Brooklyner Davis represents a late manifestation of bleak broad-brush burlesque in the vein of Bruce Jay Friedman and the terminally depressing... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Simon Barrett
Maybe yu have to be of a certain age to enjoy the humor, the lack of PC and the sheer good writing.
'A Meaningful Life' is about, among other things, the great American quest... Read more
Some years ago I read Paula Fox's Desperate Characters.I liked it but thought it overated.A Meaningful Life has understandbly been compared to Fox's novel. Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by JAK