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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They are boilerplate dribble, and worse than that they are filled with tired gimmicks that feel as fresh as the jokes a tiresome uncle repeats every Thanksgiving. Having re-read the review in question, I’m just surprised Lethem didn’t keep his powder dry for Michiko Kakutani instead.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

The songwriter has grabbed not only from a panoply of vintage Hollywood films but from Shakespeare and F. God I love Lethem’s writing. Memory is a rehearsal for a show that never goes on.

Quotes from The Ibfluence of In Sep 08, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t know how much I care about Jonathan Lethem’s fiction, but this collection is a rare sort of thing, and has instantly made Jonathan Lethem a writer I care about, a writer I hence think you should care about, too.

It’s a hodge podge of essays, most from magazines. Jun 12, Larraine rated it did not like it. For influenec of DFW’s brutal honesty and introspection you know deep down that you are seeing exactly the DFW that he wanted you to see, it might have been close to his real person, but it was also a very crafted lens you were you looking at him through. The title essay, which I have read jonathwn least three times before, with its cribbed and re-mixed sources as an argument for letting people crib and re-mix a variety of sources is nothing short of brilliant and a perfect example in form of what it is getting at in content.


Ooops I meant to say. And delivered ecstash a wink.

Sometimes you can get more out of an essay when you are not eager to get past it to an essay you are looking forward to, but just come back to it later—or when you simply wait to come back to it when its topic is more at the forefront of your concerns. Even if inflkence idea is inspired by the other, the idea itself is still worth of novel creativity.

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

Thank you” — which is as disarming as it inflkence wholly unnecessary. Many of the essays in this book mix the borders between the personal and the real subject at hand.

They are boring to me. Many features on this website require JavaScript. It seems to be that I only read nonfiction books if I need information or examples for something I’m writing. Reinterpretation and having a different voice on a same topic seems to fascinate the ecstasu.

Lethem even mentions the king of observing self referential minutia – Klosterman.

Everybody is inspired or influenced by somebody or something else. Good reads for sure! The result is an insightful, charming, and entertaining grab bag that covers ecsasy from great novels to old films to graffiti to cyberculture. I joanthan want to share my opinion and grow personally through doing it. A few interesting things, but not that much that I liked. This happens a lot. 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.


When I was thirteen I purchased an anthology of Beat writing.

The Ecstasy of Influence

A fabulous collections of essays ranging from pop cultural observations to literary analysis to personal. And in general, Wood came off to Lethem in the review as a snob. If you are looking for a strong-throughout collection of personal essays, like the fantastic The Disappointment Artistthen The Ecstasy of Influence will be disappointing, but as a reference for lots of little bits by a masterful writer all in one place, it is worth having on your shelf.

He objected to the review because Wood made some sweepingly dismissive statements, criticizing Lethem for not developing a character that Lethem considered fully developed. A book of essays by author and critic Jonathan Lethem. Shit I have to go back and check nope I’m notI mean you can just skip going to a footnote, but if you want to try to read this review you’ll have to navigate these asides.