"I can't imagine anyone setting a story there who hadn't visited. (I'd also have trouble imagining a fiction writer who, after visiting the place, wouldn't start fooling around with story ideas.)" He didn't bother to fictionalize his setting. "Long ago, I'd have been certain to disguise it as ‘Fathomverse,' or ‘Poseidon's Playhouse,' or ‘Orcasm,' or something. But that wouldn't really be likely to fool anyone, would it?"
Asked the inevitable question, Lethem responded: "Cat person or dog person? Funny about that. I grew up with cats; I'm more familiar with them, more fond of them, and I identify with them more. My parents bred Siamese cats for a while, and in a lot of baby pictures I'm seen swimming in a mass of kittens."
We asked Lethem if he'd share one of those pictures, but alas, he was in Berlin and nowhere near his stash of family photos. Then we asked if he had a favorite photo or video he could share. "I belong to an elite group of animal YouTube and jpeg sharers," Lethem wrote. "We only deal in the top-grade stuff." He sent us the video below: