If playing rock & roll well is difficult enough, writing well about rock might be harder. Good rock-music writing is nearly always the province of the review, the essay or the biography; it isn't often attempted by A-list novelists. Jonathan Lethem
, however, seems intent on a new-school mash-up. With "The Beards," his 2005 essay in The New Yorker
, Lethem executed one of the best pieces of writing on music anyone's likely to achieve, and now he aims the mic at LA's alterna-scene in his brand-new novel, You Don't Love Me Yet
. The story follows Lucinda Hoekke, bassist in a going-nowhere band, as she gets to know and soon falls in love with a character dubbed the Complainer, whose enigmatic influence serves to jump-start her moribund band. Learn more about the novel when the author reads from his work at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com
) at 7 p.m.; admission is free.
Fri., March 16