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William, It Was Really Something

William Steig is dead. A prolific New Yorker cartoonist, he was also the author of two of my favorite books of all time: Abel's Island and Dominic. Both talking-animal adventures, the first is about a newlywed mouse who gets marooned on an island, and the second is about an intrepid dog trying to make his way in the world. The synopses may sound silly, but these books contain more insight and deft characterization and sheer delightful writing than most grown-up novels. Read about Steig's career here.

The new Jonathan Lethem book looks very interesting. Comic book and music fans, take note.

Tracing the paths of Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude through music, comics, movies and movements, and their shift into graffiti, drugs and art, Jonathan Lethem's "Fortress of Solitude" is a massive sprawl of pop culture and an exercise in memory. It's a novel as much about Dylan and Mingus - two kids brought to Brooklyn's Gowanus without much choice - as the streets they grow up on and the changes slowly wrought on both.

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