Lethem's first essay collection, The Disappointment Artist is a rallying cry for fan boys of all stripes. Within its pages you will find the laid bare soul of a pop culture fiend. The novels of Philip K Dick, the comics of Jack Kirby, the films of John Cassavetes, Star Wars, The Searchers and more are shown as being worthy and sturdy foundations for building a life upon -- or at least of retreating into, to escape, if only momentarily, from the vicissitudes of fate. And there's more: a paean to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station, a personal memoir of a bohemian childhood, and a charting of the formation of identity through a personal constellation of pop culture artifacts. For readers whose identities are likewise constructed out of the bric-a-brac of popular culture, ephemeral and otherwise, this is the book you've been waiting for.