Lenny Bruce Is Dead
At McDonald’s, when I’m throwing out the stuff on my tray, there’s a point where I get scared that my wallet could have been on there, too. I always think, as everything is tumbling into the garbage, that I might have tossed my wallet on the tray and forgotten. It always feels possible.
So begins Jonathan Goldstein’s Lenny Bruce Is Dead. It’s the story of Joshua, a young man who’s uncertain about a lot more than he possible loss of his wallet. Josh is having a hard time finding his way in the world; deciding on a career and keeping a girlfriend are too much to handle, not to mention the fact that after the death of his mother he’s moved back into his childhood suburban home to be with his father, Chick.
The first novel by Goldstein, host and producer of CBC’s WireTap and author of Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Bible!, walks a fine tightrope between being searingly funny and poignant.
The new edition features a new cover and a foreword by This American Life’s Ira Glass.
‘Jonathan Goldstein is one of the funniest and most original writers I can think of. Anything by him is better than anything by just about anyone else.’
– David Sedaris
‘An incredibly strange but redeemingly funny novel.’
‘The cleanest dirty book I have ever read. Goldstein is a goddamn poet.’ – Vice