Fiction and poetry readings are for the people (even if there’s only two of them), and therefore cannot be self-indulgent. Or at least a regular reading can’t.
Enter Jonathan Lethem, who, god love him, has found a way to read fiction for the people while simultaneously indulging his ego. Starting on Friday (at the New Yorker Festival no less) Lethem will begin to read from his new novel, Chronic City, and will continue to read it, from start to finish, over eight nights and seven NYC venues, until he has read the whole damn thing. The little tour will culminate at BookCourt, in an evening offering “prizes and absurdities,” for your trouble, whatever that means. Anyway, I’m just glad I won’t have to buy the book now, ’cause I’m poor.