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Why do I have a sinking feeling that this isn't the last time we'll see someone use the phrase "with your monkey ass" on Slog.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 15, 2008 6:08 PM

Dear Paul Constant:

Please post more on Slog.

With much admiration,


Posted by Aislinn | January 15, 2008 6:18 PM

I'm gratified that I'm not the only person who wishes she'd stopped reading Fortress of Solitude halfway through. Way to make the moral of your complex coming-of-age narrative "You're allowed to sleep with white girls," Lethem.

Posted by Kiru Banzai | January 15, 2008 7:05 PM

Wait, I thought the moral was that he was allowed to sleep with black girls. Now I'm all kinds of confused. Do I have to read the second half again?!

Posted by Eric Grandy | January 15, 2008 7:18 PM

I grew up in Philadelphia during this era. I know all about this form of language. Fuck this shit.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | January 15, 2008 9:42 PM

I liked the story about his friend whom they called "activator".

Posted by safsad | January 16, 2008 8:08 AM

I didn't think the second half of "Fortress of Solitude" was so terrible. And I don't think the moral was about who he gets to sleep with. To me, it was sort of a Proustian meditation on memory and transformation through time. Plus that business with the neighborhood asshole plummeting to his death while trying to escape prison was a nice twist. Maybe I'm missing something...

Posted by Jason E | January 16, 2008 1:08 PM

Wish I could have been there. I'm currently passing the slow work days listening to him read from "The Colussus of New York City: A City in Thirteen Parts" over and over again.

Posted by Keith | January 16, 2008 10:49 PM

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