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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This book has made me think quite a bit about my own influences, about what made me and how I go about writing my reviews since I don’t even entertain the notion anymore of doing any writing besides ranting in reviews on the internet.

Coming from a music background, I have often thought of this. By the end I felt that I was too much in his brain! Few authors would have the inspiration to make form imitate content like that, and fewer still would be able to pull it off into something readable, much less so good. Posts by Ju Young Park 1.

It rests alongside those books that readers who really care more than anything about books and movies and the thr of the voracious voyeur dream about. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Trivia About The Ecstasy of Influwnce Can’t he stick to I was truly not too fond of this book.


The Ecstasy of Influence

Who could blame the new trends inspirations create? Glance back and the mountain is gone. In “Ecstasy,” Hhe grapples with appropriation and the resulting “contamination anxiety” felt by modern artists and everyday people in general. From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents i: This was way too left-brained and analytical for me. A book of essays by author and critic Jonathan Lethem. So I rented the movie again, and there was the passage, read in voice-over by Anthony Hopkins but without attribution.

Spackman ‘s novel An Armful of Warm Girl. December 3, at 7: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Thinking before making something, making people to think and letting people to talk these outlooks are where I stand now. Actually, I think they are bullshit. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest exstasy.

AVT Summary of ‘The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism’

This is not, thankfully, one of those ragbag anthologies of non-fiction that fiction influfnce throw together when their cuttings drawer becomes full. Oct 31, Brynn rated it liked it. I should return to the book at hand, yes? Klosterman still makes it interesting, Lethem not so much.

I also don’t like book reports.

Get this book as fast as you can; it’ll be a bestseller before long. Lethem even suggests in the Prologue that readers may not be interested in reading cover-to-cover, but I did anyway. His essays on Dick and Shirley Jackson are great.


The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem

That being said, while Lethem’s writing here is generally as strong and thoughtfully self-conscious as I like, I think the very format of the book—a bunch of essays and short pieces from a variety of sources—makes for a very uneven collection. They are boring to me. In “Postmodernism as Liberty Valance”, Lethem sketches out three areas that wcstasy been labelled as “postmodern” despite the clear differences between them.

I don’t give a influemce what Michiko Kakutani thinks about a book.

The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem –review

Behind the gorgeous jackets, flawed books jostle beside the masterpieces and Hartley. Writing book reports bore me, so I don’t do it. Think about how you think about ideas. You would have to be a rather obtuse reader not to realise Lethem’s love of Dick, Dylan and Ditko.

I’d often go to the Illini Union Bookstore, grab a couple of his novels and blaze through them literally. For an ths, influence is everything.