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Lenny Bruce is Dead

A Novel

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February 21, 2006 | Paperback | 5 x 7, 200 Pages | ISBN 9781582433479
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"The cleanest dirty book I have ever read. Goldstein is a goddamn poet." —Vice

This startlingly original debut from “This American Life” contributor Jonathan Goldstein is, according to a Vice reviewer, “the cleanest dirty book I’ve ever read.” It’s a snapshot of the mind of Josh, a rather confused young man who must cope with his father’s listlessness and his own overwhelming lust, not to mention the arrival of the Moschiach, inventor of the infamous Love Lotion.

Lenny Bruce Is Dead walks a tightrope between the searingly funny and the poignant. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll long for some Love Lotion of your own. And you won’t forget Josh-ineptitude, scatological neuroses, urban angst, self-deprecating humor and all.

JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN‘s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Saturday Night Magazine, the New York Times, and The Journey Prize Anthology. His radio stories and essays have appeared on “This American Life,” where he is a contributing editor. He currently lives in Montreal.


“Goldstein’s woeful, funny debut novel is a series of aphorism-capped vignettes, paced at the rate of approximately one scene per paragraph… “This American Life” contributing editor Goldstein has a knack for imagery (“He was crying on the floor, pulling toilet paper off the spool with both hands like he was climbing a rope”) and ear for hyper-realistic dialogue, making him a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly

“The cleanest dirty book I have ever read. Goldstein is a goddamn poet.” —Vice

“A funny, sad, lyrical, totally perverted examination of what happens to people when the culture cares too much about sex.” —Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad

“Jonathan Goldstein is like no one else. He’s constantly surprising, simultaneously poetic and hilarious; an honest-to-goodness artist.” — David Rakoff, author of Half Empty

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