Jonathan Lethem: ‘Brooklyn Is Repulsive with Novelists, It’s Cancerous with Novelists’

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By Jason Boog Comment

In a LA Times profile over the weekend, novelist Jonathan Lethem took a shot at all the novelists living and working in Kings County, declaring:  “Brooklyn is repulsive with novelists, it’s cancerous with novelists.”

What do you think? Can living in a borough packed with writers actually hurt a writer? Or will all the creativity ultimately help a writer develop?

Here’s more from our sibling blog, FishbowlLA: “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.”

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