Jonathan Lethem’s essays reveal surprising influences on his fiction. By Stuart Kelly. National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A Best Book of the Year —Austin American-Statesman Includes a new, previously. The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. (Vintage Contemporaries) [Jonathan Lethem] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. National Book.

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Jun 12, Larraine rated it did not like it. Immediately, and to my very great excitement, I discovered one William S.

Without anymore pre-review nonsense, here is the review and inevitably more tangential nonsense. Want to change your email address or password? Please do stay”, “yes, I am the person who made that weird thought go into your head. He’s got some of the same sensibilities but it’s rawer and feels less mediated. His essays on Dick and Shirley Jackson are great. On the other hand, Apple should encourage other companies like Samsung to get inspirations, and they should support each other to improve technology of today and future.

Indeed, Lethem’s refusal either to smarten up writers such as Philip K Dick — to swap, metaphorically, their Converses for a nice pair of brogues — or to caricature the literary novel as a dessicated vampire, needing the fresh blood of street culture, is what makes his own literary practice so progressive. And in general, Wood came off to Lethem in the review as a snob.

But some pieces really don’t work. For more of my reviews, check out www. I give it three stars because my admiration of Lethem and less than real feeling of connection to him won’t let me give it less.

Or did the earlier tale exist for Nabokov as a hidden, unacknowledged memory?

Still a book like this should be written after a major success, like Franzen’s how to be alone written after a great book like the Corrections, and that as far as I know hasn’t happened yet. A Plagiarism,” his brief against those who would lock down every tangible creative act in a kind of intellectual enclosure movement.

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He has caused so much dispute over this issue yet his art is loved by so many people. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

And I don’t care to read some novelist ‘reviewing’ jerking off a fellow novelist’s friend’s book. But also, I feel like anyone who criticizes the turn in the final portion of tFoS ecstzsy doesn’t understand the book. Anyway, a couple of good th Lethem states in the beginning that often readers get irritated by the self awareness of modern writing.

But Jon Lethem seems to understand that readers first want to be entertained, then told the There aren’t many authors that can hook me on the first page, much less the preface, much less by writing the truth. Lethem has such a gift, and The Ecstasy of Influence is evidence of it. Jan 19, J. Lethem’s writing is, as always, razor sharp and highly intelligent.

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This book however isn’t of that quality. Oct 31, Brynn rated it liked it. Taken from this angle, what exactly is postmodernism, except modernism without the anxiety? Inhe received a MacArthur Fellowship I don’t like someone possibly ruining the unfolding a plot by a childish, this happened and then this happened and then this happened. I just want to share my opinion and grow personally through doing it.

The title piece is alas the most ecstatic in the collection alongside the long ecsgasy e u rs on James Brown and SF conventions and the opening shizzle on self-consciousness in autobrifographie.

Rather, like Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind or Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legendsit is a curated selection of essays which thematically add up to more than the sum of its parts. But the guy’s total narcissism just creeps you out after a while. I suggest reading if you are more interested in this topic. I couldn’t even make it through the preface of this audiobook.

There are treasures here, especially the title essay, his profile of James Brown, and his interview with Bob Dylan. I sort of agree with Nancy in that I too am not sure how someone could come up with a percent original idea. In the field of computer science, influences could be seen as risks of hacking.


He’s also an ex-bookstore clerk, putting in more ten plus years on the job and sharing some of the stories to go along with his tour of duty “After all, didn’t every novelist work as a clerk in a bookstore until they’d published their first book?

And when you figure out at the end of the essay that it was itself cobbled together from unacknowledged quotes from other authors? It bores me, and why would I do this if it was boring to me? In fact, just thinking about the sheer amount of reading and research that would have to go into writing something like this blows me away. Who’d have thunk the first book he had autographed was by Anthony Burgess, or that he adored GK Chesterton, the essay on whom has the most appropriately ecstatic opening sentence: And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.

Steve Jobs once joked about Apple multi-touch patent licencing because he knew this was nothing new. When he wrote about his process, the hairs on my neck stood up, so palpable was the excitement.

He objected to the review because Wood made some sweepingly dismissive statements, criticizing Lethem for not developing a character that Lethem considered fully developed. I like to read how the book affected someone.

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