Melissa Goldstein is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. She has written for The Observer, GQ, The Believer, NOWNESS, Spin, WSJ Europe, Wired, GOOD, Intelligent Life and others.

American Novel, American Idol

Jonathan Lethem, Susan Orlean—Literary Death Match, a reading competition judged by writers and actors, has just taped a pilot. Melissa Goldstein reports.