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The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
The Disappointment Artist is Jonathan Lethem's memoir and essays about the events in his life and the cultural influences that helped develop him into an award-winning novelist. He was a Star Wars nerd, seeing the movie 21 times in 1977. His interests included The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, Philip K. Dick, John Cassavetes, and Stan Lee among others. Although the most important event in his life was his mother's death when he was 14. Jonathan Lethem doesn't just recount the different facets of his life, but he ties in his development as a man and writer, and how they have influenced his perception of the world. The Disappointment Artist has received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "He fearlessly analyzes his influences - movies, books, artists, friends, parents - and his insights are highly personal, but also often universal, and thus these essays reach the highest goal of the memoir form."