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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Oct 02, Pages. Nov 08, Pages. Nov 08, Minutes. The result is an insightful, charming, and entertaining grab bag that covers everything from great novels to old films to graffiti to cyberculture. And, inflyence about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.
From the Hardcover edition. Less of a collection than a collage, a cut-and-paste self-portrait in which we see Lethem as he sees himself. A book about a big idea.
AVT Summary of ‘The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism’
And delivered with a wink. For an artist, influence is everything. More exciting than any of his interesting-to-terrific fiction.
This collection shows you why. He not only acknowledges his literary and psychological progenitors; he insists upon them, celebrates them, and invites the reader to join in an exhilarating if sometimes baffling deconstruction of the very idea of influence.
His essays are zippy and freewheeling. The Ecstasy of Influence is, more than anything, a record of Mr. Lethem has such a gift, and The Ecstasy of Influence is evidence of it.
Brilliantly dissect[s] the various sulks, funks, and paranoias of being a writer who moans about doing writerly things—not least among them writing itself. Ecstassy and Comics Supermen!: The Ecstasy of Influence Nonfictions, Etc.
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