Two summers ago, Bryan and I led a faculty seminar on “Multiculturalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Contemporary New York Writing” for NYU’s Faculty Resource Network. Two of the participants recently sent us e-mails telling us how much they enjoyed Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, which was recently released in paperback. One said that she wanted to share with us her “joy in its language, its depiction of the City.” The other said that it reminded her of two of the books we read that summer — Audre Lorde’s Zami and Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn — in its “treatment of New York City as a muse and brilliant canvas.” And she suggested we listen to Terri Gross’s “really enjoyable interview with O’Neill on Fresh Air.”
So we’re passing on the suggestion. Click here to get the podcast from WNYC.