Curious friends, countrymen, relatives, coworkers, and others who share
the name "Lee Klein," I welcome you to a page concocted to organize one
particular Lee Klein's literary activity. (Note: I am not the 47-year-old
"poet, essayist, and writer on the arts" with the "Lee Klein" Wikipedia
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 Vol. 2 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. 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 will also be 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.
Probably my favorite (best?) 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.
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 ~$1.04 plus shipping and $323.93 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:
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 tiny baby girl-type
person, and two supercute cat-type people. I moved to Philly from Iowa
City, where I attended the
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 on my wedding day in October
To contact electronically: lee at eyeshot.net. (Ask me about
my unpublished novel manuscripts!) To send gifts:
Box 18009 Phila PA
19147. Otherwise, I'm on Facebook
but rarely use it and I inconsistently tweet.
I've also posted sloppy devotional acoustic guitar improvisations under
the name Rascacielos.