Jonathan Lethem is a classic Brooklyn character. Both the author and his books are all about Brooklyn. For this reason, when the New York Daily News (1) trumpeted the double whammy that not only was Lethem moving on out to the west coast for his teaching job at Pomona College in California, but also that this Brooklyn native, “who’s so closely associated with (Brooklyn)…has set his next novel in…Queens,” residents all over town took notice.
Lethem is taking a “cross country journey to assume the Roy Disney creative writing professorship,” at the aforementioned Pomona College. Of course something like that can lead to a whole variety of other opportunities, so no one can begrudge him that.
Then, when, “longtime Lethem editor Bill Thomas (said) “Dissident Gardens” will be a “family epic” set in Sunnyside Gardens that will examine “the disillusionment ideology brings,” the whole house was brought down.
Of course Lethem will not lose his cachet, per se. According to LA Story, “Shakespeare lived in LA when he died. He wrote Hamlet Part 8 The Revenge,” in La-La Land.
I guess the only legitimate question to be brought out from this discussion is one Thomas presented: “Will he defect from the Mets and become a Dodgers fan?”
With a season like the last one for both teams, the Angels might be a better bet!