The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude

This is also the story of 1990s America, when nobody cared anymore. This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: they would screw up their lives.

Author: Jonathan Lethem

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571317912

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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From the prize-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, a daring, riotous, sweeping novel that spins the tale of two friends and their adventures in late 20th-century America. This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They live in Brooklyn and are friends and neighbours; but since Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the simplest decisions - what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money - are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is also the story of 1990s America, when nobody cared anymore. This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: they would screw up their lives.
Categories: Fiction

Write in Tune Contemporary Music in Fiction

Write in Tune  Contemporary Music in Fiction

3 Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude, 44. 4 Lethem, “Dylan Interview,”322–3. 5 Lethem, “Otis Redding's Lonely Hearts Club Band,”330. 6 Godbey, “Gentrification, Authenticity and White Middle-Class Identity in Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress ...

Author: Erich Hertz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623565060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Contemporary popular music provides the soundtrack for a host of recent novels, but little critical attention has been paid to the intersection of these important art forms. Write in Tune addresses this gap by offering the first full-length study of the relationship between recent music and fiction. With essays from an array of international scholars, the collection focuses on how writers weave rock, punk, and jazz into their narratives, both to develop characters and themes and to investigate various fan and celebrity cultures surrounding contemporary music. Write in Tune covers major writers from America and England, including Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, and Jim Crace. But it also explores how popular music culture is reflected in postcolonial, Latino, and Australian fiction. Ultimately, the book brings critical awareness to the power of music in shaping contemporary culture, and offers new perspectives on central issues of gender, race, and national identity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Beyond the Multiplex

Beyond the Multiplex

Here I want to invoke the image of the “Fortress of Solitude" to capture the ambiguities between public and private that characterize the home as an arena of media consumption. In common parlance, a fortress conjures up a vision of a ...

Author: Barbara Klinger

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520939073

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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Since the mid-eighties, more audiences have been watching Hollywood movies at home than at movie theaters, yet little is known about just how viewers experience film outside of the multiplex. This is the first full-length study of how contemporary entertainment technologies and media—from cable television and VHS to DVD and the Internet—shape our encounters with the movies and affect the aesthetic, cultural, and ideological definitions of cinema. Barbara Klinger explores topics such as home theater, film collecting, classic Hollywood movie reruns, repeat viewings, and Internet film parodies, providing a multifaceted view of the presentation and reception of films in U.S. households. Balancing industry history with theoretical and cultural analysis, she finds that today cinema's powerful social presence cannot be fully grasped without considering its prolific recycling in post-theatrical venues—especially the home.
Categories: Performing Arts



Don't miss these tales of Superman's Fortress of Solitude!

Author: Jerry Siegel

Publisher: Dc Comics

ISBN: 1401234232

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 196

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Don't miss these tales of Superman's Fortress of Solitude! They're collected here for the first time from SUPERMAN #17, ACTION COMICS #241 and 261, ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #2 and #10, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #100, and the hard-to-find DC SPECIAL SERIES #2
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels

Understanding Jonathan Lethem

Understanding Jonathan Lethem

In reviewing Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude (2003) for the September 21, 2003, edition of the New York Times, the critic A. O. Scott remarked that Motherless Brooklyn might be a more appropriate title for the newer book than was the ...

Author: Matthew Luter

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611175134

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Understanding Jonathan Lethem is a study of the novels, short fiction, and nonfiction on a wide range of subjects in the arts by American novelist Jonathan Lethem, who is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for Motherless Brooklyn, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel for Gun, with Occasional Music. Matthew Luter explores the key contemporaries of and influences on Lethem, who is the Roy Edward Disney Professor of Creative Writing at Pomona College. Luter begins this volume by explaining how Lethem’s innovative and provocative essay on creative appropriation “The Ecstasy of Influence” differs from other writing about influence, suggesting an artistic mode that celebrates thoughtful borrowing. Readings of Lethem’s three major novels follow: taken together, Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City present a novelist coming to terms with the joys and downsides of artistic influence. Motherless Brooklyn pays tribute to and subverts traditional hardboiled detective novels as Lethem plays with the conventions of a favorite (and influential) genre. Fortress dwells obsessively on appreciation and criticism of influential art, as Lethem’s main character spends a lifetime contemplating the complexities of the art he loves, interrogating his own reactions to it, and thinking through the political implications of the ways he has been influenced by that which he consumes. Chronic City depicts the cost of fandom and the dangers of giving over too much of oneself to the art that one loves, dramatized via a character brought nearly to ruin not by the demands of artistic creation, but by obsessive cultural consumption. Borrowing openly and promiscuously from earlier traditions both high and low (experimental fiction, comic books, art film, detective novels), Lethem displays a career-long interest in questioning what literary originality might mean in a postmodern age. Some suggest that such borrowings indicate a literary well that has run dry, making writers such as Lethem mere patchwork artists. Luter argues instead that Lethem’s propensity for wearing his influences and obsessions on his sleeve encourages new thought about originality itself. Out with “it’s all been done” and in with “look at all that’s been done, and all that we can still do with it!”
Categories: Literary Criticism



Two superpowered teenagers can't defeat the greatest evil of all- adulthood— in Jonathan Lethem's stunning novel, The Fortress of Solitude The mock-necked crusader: Lethem Jonathan Lethem's novels are notoriously difficult ...





Page: 124

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From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear. With dynamic photography, bold graphic design, and informed irreverence, the pages of SPIN pulsate with the energy of today's most innovative sounds. Whether covering what's new or what's next, SPIN is your monthly VIP pass to all that rocks.

Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction

Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction

Coughlan, David, 'Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude and Omega: The Unknown, a Comic Book Series', College Literature, 38.3 (2011), 194–218. Dewey, Joseph, Understanding Michael Chabon (Columbia: University of South Carolina ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004500686

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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The volume explores the various intersections and interconnections of the self and popular music in fiction; it examines questions of musical taste and identity construction across decades, spaces, social groups, and cultural contexts, covering a wide range of literary and musical genres.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Bright Lights Big Ass

Bright Lights  Big Ass

No Molestar—The Attack of the Sock-Monkey Pajamas I'm busy in the Fortress of Solitude creating an antidote for kryptonite when the phone rings. Well, that's not entirely true—I'm busy in the Fortress of Solitude writing the Great ...

Author: Jen Lancaster

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101128411

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining. Whether she's reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

These include the Phantom Zone villains landing outside the Fortress of Solitude with Lex and Lois Lane, trying to figure out how to get in; Lex taking the coffee of Perry White (Jackie Cooper) during the Times Square battle; ...

Author: Peter Shelley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476633695

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 199

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Gene Hackman (b. 1930) has been described as the best actor of his generation. During almost half a century as an American film, television and stage actor, film producer and author, he was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning the Best Actor for The French Connection (1971) and the Best Supporting Actor for Unforgiven (1992), as well as three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs. This study examines his film work in detail, with a filmography/videography included.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography