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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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For example there is one reviewer who I’ll admit that I found a few of his reviews amusing at first, but they now have the appeal of a long-running and tired letem re-hashing the same tired old jokes and stale structure.

The level of making thing are much higher than the past and every body can achieve a certain level. At the same starting line, it is hard to make a incredible differences. It has been rumored that some Apple products contain many of the same parts.

His essays on Dick and Shirley Jackson are great.

I can usually tell if you they liked the book and if they would recommend it by what they have said I’m guilty of this also, but I still can’t figure out how to write a book review for a book I love that gets my enjoyment across.

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.

I did feel I do like these types of books which preport to be more than just a collection of writings by an author in between his novels.

Similarly, I have never read any Italo Calvino, so I skipped the essay on him until I have time to remedy that. Nov 29, Claudia rated it liked it Shelves: Only one piece so far was a real snooze-fest, and it actually put the brakes on this book for me for over a week. Oct 02, Pages Buy. For an artist, influence is everything. I liked his discussion of Philip K. October 2nd, Category: I don’t know if this is so yet; get back to me in a month.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. Lethem is an amazing writer, and it was fun to get a sense of his background and some ideas he has about literature. It’s great for him, as a novelist, that he can get paid to write nonfiction too, but it’s not all great for me to read. Anyway, a couple of good things in here, pop culture riff, the used bookshop, the bit on plaigarism. The wildly eclectic collection also included several articles on music that really made me wish I knew more about music.

It’s not that the book is perfect, and it’s certainly not th I devoured this fairly long collection in two days of doing little other than restlessly reading these essays and rereading select passages, armed with a leaky ballpoint pen to underline the many fascinating sections, the names I sort of knew but hadn’t gotten around to exploring, the many endearingly awkward sentences.

A Plagiarism,” his brief against those who would lock down every tangible creative act in a kind of intellectual enclosure movement. However, that closes off so much diversity and possibility.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

influrnce This is sort of like what DFW does so well but in a more introspective manner, DFW might have laid bare an image of his psyche, but he This book sparked a few different emotions in me. The Ecstasy of Influence Nonfictions, Etc. I actually don’t vote for a lot of reviews because I never see them. This book is a testament to the jonatthan things that Lethem loves. I like to see them get angry jonatha genuinely bubble over influencr excitement I don’t care to see that every book you read is a highest possible recommendation, but maybe some people are just better than others at picking only winners, Vegas must be great for people with that kind of skillbut that being said I can’t stand reviews that judge other readers for liking something that they don’t like guilty guilty guilty, I judge all the time, but I try to keep an open mind that others can like what they like without blanket accusations, I probably hate some of my own reviews.

And delivered with a wink. In fact, it is accepting and tne in this abundance which allows for standards to be established in the first place and then to evolve.


The music section, especially, is very, very good — it includes a massive article Lethem originally wrote for Rolling Stone about James Brown, as well as a piece about Bob Dylan. It’s a good book and it’s a wonderful portrait of Lethem with all well not all I’m sure, but quite a few of his warts being put on display. Many artists including me do not start from nowhere.

Then he got extremely sensitive when Android was using multi-touch. But Jon Lethem seems to understand that readers first want to be entertained, then told the There aren’t many authors that can hook thf on the first page, much less the preface, much less by writing the truth.

The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

The truth is that even before that ihfluence encounter inLethem and I were nothing alike. Miller”Donald Sutherland’s Buttocks,” on those rare depictions of sex in movies that reach the heights of the scene in Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Nowand the essays on Norman Mailer, Bolano’s the best od appreciation of that absurdly great novel I’ve read thus farThomas Berger, Shirley Jackson, the various Mt.

I also keep changing my mind about them. Nulla nulla loremsuscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna. I would like to think they are more than just a jaded way of cashing in on a writer’s reputation to sell books. Oct 02, Pages. For more of my reviews, check out www. Even if some idea is inspired by the other, the idea itself is still worth of novel creativity.

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It was followed by three more science fiction novels. Refresh and try again. I’m not just saying that because he took David Foster Wallace’s coveted teaching spot at Pomona College.