1. Author Jonathan Lethem explains to Terry Gross what drew him to the story he tells in Dissident Gardens, a novel inspired by 3 generations of his radical leftist family and the legacies they left behind:

You don’t end up where you began with a giant book, especially one that’s just so loaded up with so many different things that interest and perplex me. I knew that I had a kind of legacy. I grew up in a family of protestors. I never really had gone there. I wanted to touch it, I wanted to think about it … I was ready to think about my grandmother’s weird lonely imperial existence in Sunnyside Queens, and so those urges and those interests led me into the thicket…


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    Author Jonathan Lethem explains to Terry Gross what drew him to the story he tells in Dissident Gardens, a novel inspired by 3 generations of his radical leftist family and the legacies they left behind:

    You don’t end up where you began with a giant book, especially one that’s just so loaded up with so many different things that interest and perplex me. I knew that I had a kind of legacy. I grew up in a family of protestors. I never really had gone there. I wanted to touch it, I wanted to think about it … I was ready to think about my grandmother’s weird lonely imperial existence in Sunnyside Queens, and so those urges and those interests led me into the thicket

    photo of Sunnyside Queens via New York City Hum

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