Curious friends, countrymen, relatives, coworkers, and others who share
the name "Lee Klein," welcome to a page concocted to organize one particular
Lee Klein's literary activity. (Note: I am not the "poet, essayist,
and writer on the arts" with the "Lee Klein" Wikipedia entry.)
Psyched to announce that two of the many book-length manuscripts I've
worked on over the past decade or so have found their way into print and
will be available this year:
Thanks and Sorry and Good
Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox became available
in beautiful book form on March 4, 2014, thanks to Barrelhouse Books. Here's
the first review.
in Paste Magazine does a great job relating the history and context
of these rejections. Here's the Goodreads
page for it. Here are my
mom's thoughts. Get it here
directly from the publisher. Or from Amazon
Shimmering Go-Between, a good-natured novel about confronting disbelief,
escaping literal and figurative enclosures, and the old literary standbys
of longing, love, and loss will be published in quality paperback by Atticus
Books in mid-August. It's available for pre-order here.
Here's the first review.
A quick summary, suitable for today's digital natives, might be "an OMG
exploration of WTF." I recently read it over again -- this time through
I was thinking about how its events are unhinged but, formally, the language
and the plot mechanics are very controlled, which synchs with characters'
struggles with impulsivity and restraint. In the best possible way, it's
like a semi-perverted post-YA novel, replete with author-drawn illustrations
On May 21, 2014, Brad Listi's excellent Other People Podcast aired
our interview. I haven't listented to it because my voice freaks me
out. All apologies for the sound quality. We don't have a land-line so
I had to use Skype but didn't have a headset. Had to use iPhone headphones
with a little mic that sound like I'm in the bottom of a deep well of white
plastic. Toward the end, I switch to my phone -- apparently the qualty
is a little better. I've heard I say "but" to fill silence and clear my
throat too often. Anyway, I listened to the Other People Podcast all winter
while walking around at lunch. Scroll
through the archives. Great interviews to listen to on your commute
Seems like I now have a corner at Full Stop. I would maybe prefer
a lap, which suggests 1) a jog around ye olde track of ideas and
2) a seat on my bench-like thigh as a whisper sweet and semi-unreliable
essayistic op-ed-like things of potential interest into thine ear. But
alas I have a corner, which is perfectly cool. The first bit went
up on April 17, 2014 -- it's called Accounting
for Taste and includes two illustrations that maybe make me look (in
the best possible way) a little like a cross between ET and Mark E. Smith.
The second bit went up on April 22, 2014 -- it's a longish one-paragraph
spiel mostly about good old American Minimalism in fiction called The
Great American Richards.
I contributed a ~2K-word review of Karl
Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle Book Three posted by the
Review of Books on April 24, 2014.
Two quotations that appeared in this
interview on Vice also appear on interstitial pages (ie, black pages
separating proper essays) in the collection of essays,
vs NYC published by n + 1 in February 2014. I wrote about it
bit on goodreads -- might write more one day soon.
On November 7, 2013, A
Prayer for Lost Phones appeared at McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
A longish story called "Incantation for Beard Reattachment" (title comes
scene in Don Quixote) is in the Spring 2013 print issue of
Normal School published by Cal State, Fresno. Not available online.
A short ranty "work" story is in the beautiful/excellent current print
issue of Ghost
Town, edited by Kevin Moffett,
published by Cal State, San Bernardino. Also available online. (Looking
forward to publishing in every Cal State lit journal!)
I contributed ~4K words on Karl
Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle Book Two and ~3K words on
King's Double Feature to the Philadelphia Review of Books
on May 23, 2013 and March 20, 2013, respectively.
On December 10, 2012, Full Stop posted a longish essay (~5K words)
Goodreads, critical takedowns, and reviewing in general.
In the first half of 2012, I contributed several "field reports" to
Silent History, an innovative wireless collaborative project headed
by Eli Horowitz, Kevin Moffett, and Matthew Derby that launched October
1, 2012. Lotsa folks these days skulking around East Passyunk in South
Philadelphia, their iPads accessing location-specific testimonies about
what happened to silent kids in 2017 etc.
Impressions of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King appeared
in the form of a workshop-type response in the summer 2011 issue of The
Lifted Brow. Not online.
An essay about walking and reading ("libambulating") came out on Swink
in April 2011. I tend to libambulate daily in the warmer months, covering
about three miles/15 pages a day at lunch, plus another three miles if
I walk to/from work instead of bike. A very
short essayistic thing about walking while reading War and Peace
in Philadelphia was also part of "Field-Tested Books" from Coudal Partners
a few years ago.
A story involving virtual baseball, Atum Ra, and Thorstein Veblen published
in 2008 in the third print issue of Canteen
is now available online (and accessible in its glorious entirety as long
as you're not using Internet Explorer). They nominated this for the Pushcart
but it didn't get selected, probably because it involves verboten themes
such as video art (ie, filming aspects of one's anatomy).
An essay about Barry Bonds and steroids and the good ol' USA that once
was published in Barrelhouse
is also in the Best
American Non-Required Reading 2007. This essay, written in 2005, argues
that Bonds and steroids are distractions from unseen/icebergian issues
up ahead: turns out I was unconsciously referring to the credit-default
swaps/mortgage crisis at the time taking shape that eventually helped capsize
the economy in 2008. This is also in an
excellent anthology of essays from Barrelhouse.
A semi-illustrated story called Carry
Me Father No More is at AGNI, published by Boston University
in May 2007. I worked on this one with Frank
Conroy at first and, a few months later, Ben
Marcus. Guess who talked about emotion and who talked about Kafka?
I was surprised.
Another story appeared in the 2007 Fall/Winter print edition of The
Black Warrior Review, published by the University of Alabama. It's
not online, though. An important story for me (a model for how I should
write) and a great issue worth tracking down.
A blurb about a nonexistent book called Cannibals is in The
Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, a cool little
collection including contributions from a lot of famous writer folks (famous
in the online lit world at least) published in one edition and then quickly
slated to be republished in another -- seems like it was supposed to be
re-released in October 2012 but maybe wasn't? Intriguing! Anyway, an excellent
bathroom book if you can find it.
Select older stories/essays, some written in the mid-to-late '90s, appeared
Currently, eleven copies of Incidents
of Egotourism in the Temporary World can be found online for anywhere
between ~$26.94 plus shipping and $2,206.64 plus shipping. Only 250 copies
were published by Better Non Sequitur in 2004. I wrote it in '97 or so.
Thanks to Steven Coy for putting this together/out.
Here's the history of the semi-literary site I've edited since 1999,
Hindenburg Complex of Infidels & Crusaders. The site's probably
best known for the rejection
letters I sent and posted for over a decade and for some of the ridiculously
good stuff collected here.
Over the years, I've also posted dozens of stories and little oddities
on Eyeshot including a story about a
Michael Jackson impersonator in Madrid that first appeared in a 2005
print edition of Pindeldyboz and an
essay about my half-Jewishness that appeared in an anthology from Soft
Skull Press called Half-Life:
Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes. Brief impressions of new and old
books, the latest of which can best be found via the archive,
are collected here. Most
of these first appear on Goodreads.
Otherwise, I live in Philadelphia near the Italian Market and the dueling
cheesesteakeries with one wife-type person, one baby girl-type person,
and two cute cat-type people. I moved to Philly from Iowa City, where I
Writers' Workshop, where I moved from Brooklyn
(Greenpoint), where I lived for four years -- before that Princeton,
before that hometown Lawrenceville, NJ, before that Boston, before that
before that Oberlin
College, before that hometown NJ, before that NYC for a day or so after
being born there.
Here's what I used to look like a
long time ago. Here's what I looked like a little before the
Y2K apocalypse. Here's a
picture of me and my daughter on our birthday weekend in February 2014.
To contact electronically: lee at eyeshot.net. (Ask me about
my dwindling supply of unpublished manuscripts -- only three novels, three
novellas, and two story collections left!). To send gifts:
Phila PA 19147. Otherwise, I'm on Facebook
-- I rarely use it for anything other than naughty self-promotion and baby
pics -- and I inconsistently tweet
and post to instagrizzle.
I've also posted sloppy devotional acoustic guitar improvisations under
the name Rascacielos.
If you click the link, then click "buy now," and then enter "0" as the
price, you can download the 49-track mp3 collection known as "Rascacielos
Vol 1" for free -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of solo sufi-surf heroics
recorded on an iphone in a bathroom. "Alpha
Omega Overdrive" uber alles!